Thursday, April 4, 2013

Here's My Heart....

Yeah!  I'm finally done.  I've never spent as long quilting a quilt as I have on this one and it's only 31" square!  However, I'm loving it and think it was worth all the hours I put into it.  (If it looks a little wonky in the picture, it's just because of my picture taking abilities!)


I tried so many new techniques on this quilt, including Diane-shiko, curved cross-hatching, echo quilting, micro stippling and a back and forth meander in the outer border (not sure what it's called).  You can see most of them here in this picture of the back of the quilt.


Here's a full picture of the back.  That's a hanging sleeve at the top.  I usually split my sleeve in the middle, so I can slide a wooden rod through and hang my quilts with a single nail from the center.  I usually make the pocket a bit bigger, but that was all the fabric I had left and it was just enough to finish it.


I quilted birds in each of the outer 4 corners of the quilt, echo quilted around them and then finally micro stippled the rest of the space.  I used Golden Threads quilting paper to mark the birds and then stitch them onto the quilt.


I wish I had kept track of how many hours it took me to quilt this.  I can only guesstimate at this point, but I'm figuring somewhere around 70 hours.  That's a lot of time, but I was learning a bunch of new techniques and I did get faster with practice and repetition.  Besides, this will be an heirloom, so I suppose the time spent doesn't really matter!


So, the stats for this quilt are:

  • Size: 31" square
  • Fabrics: A kit from Plain and Simple Quilt Shop, Backing is a Moda Marble
  • Batting: 2 layers - Warm & White, Tuscany Wool Batting
  • Thread - Aurifil to piece, YLI 100# Silk Thread for hand applique and all quilting
  • Pattern - Here's My Heart by Bunny Hill Designs
  • Quilting - Custom, A couple of the bird patterns came from Hari Walner's Continuous-Line Quilting Designs
  • Completed - April 1, 2013
  • Started - January 2011
I had to look back through old posts to see when I started this quilt and see it was over 2 years ago.  At that point, I had already had the kit for a couple of years as well.  Then it sat languishing, waiting for me to get around to quilting it.  I always new I wanted to do something special on it; I was just hesitant to get started it.  I'm so glad to finally have gotten over myself and just do it!  Now on to the next one...


Throughout the quilting process, I got lots of help.  So much so, that I kept a lint brush and tweezers beside my sewing machine so I could make sure I didn't sew any cat hair into this quilt.  I think I spent so much time on it, each of them came to visit me to get some attention.  Here, it's obviously Jack's turn...


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men. 
Colossians 3:23 (NLT)

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