Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A couple of finishes

 I have completed the hand quilting on this quilt.  Slow and meditative; it has just been such fun to work on!  It is kind of big stitch quilting, used perle cotton.  Such fun!
 I backed it with this flannel...because that is what I had. I did a couple of things differently with this quilt than my normal routine.

1.  There is no batting.  But, there are three layers, because the strings are pieced on muslin.

2.  I folded the backing to the front and made an old-fashioned self binding.  This is the first time I have used that technique, although my momma did it all the time.

3.  I used flannel for the backing


 Some of the stitches.  I stitched along each string.
 I stitched some wonky hearts in there, too.
 I am very glad I used the color catchers!  They caught a lot of pink, from the backing I presume.
I finished a little coaster for March; green for St Patrick's day.  Hand quilted.






Have a great day!  I am stitching at nights...keeping me calm and focused on fun things.




Julie

22 comments:

Sherrill said...

I'm surprised that you don't just come home and collapse..any more new + Covid's at your hosp?

Tired Teacher 2 said...

It’s lovely! I like the big stitch quilting.

WoolenSails said...

Beautiful quilt and quilting. I can't get big stitches, mine always end up smaller, but I do enjoy hand quilting, find it relaxing, but it does take a long time.

Debbie

---"Love" said...

That is a very beautiful quilt! Your hand-stitching is so pretty and added a special effect. I love how you zig-zagged in the sashing. I always back my string quilts with muslin too; it controls the stretching of the various fabrics. Aren't color catchers wonderful? Glad they saved your quilt! (It's 9:45 PM here and I just now turned my machine off and unplugged the iron!) ---"Love"

Quilting Babcia said...

Love the hand quilting on your newest finishes. That should be a perfect quilt for early spring, light, bright and definitely cheerful. Sonething we all need right now.

Janet O. said...

What a very happy quilt, Julie! It is so "you", with the strings and the fun colors. Your stitching is perfect.
I can imagine that with all you face at work, you can use the soothing quilt therapy at the end of the day more than most of us!
Cute little mug rug, too. :)

cityquilter grace said...

i don't think i've ever seen a string quilt i didn't love and yours is no exception....thanks for the inspiration...

Kleine Vingers said...

Love the string quilt. I like the border with the HST.

Quilter Kathy said...

I love that string quilt! Fantastic quilting!
I hope you will link this post to the Slow Sunday Stitching link up so everyone can see your wonderful quilt!
You are being very productive...great finish!

Loris said...

Such a lovely, cheerful quilt! I love seeing your stitches. They are beautiful. Hugs and prayers, Julie.

Lori said...

That is terrific! I know that flannel on the back will be great to snuggle with!! I hope you are doing okay.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Oh how great that one is!! I personally love that backing!!!

diane said...

So enjoy the big quilting with perle cotton. May have to try it sometime. My snuggle quilt which was made 15 yrs ago had flannel backing and it's wonderful. Your quilt is lovely!

Karen said...

I have never finished a quilt with no batting but know it used to be a common practice on quilts like yours that have a base fabric for the strings.

I hope you are getting rest as I know it is trying times for nurses and doctors, etc.

Sue SA said...

Beautiful work. Stay safe and good luck.

Julierose said...

Lovely finish and great quilting...i can't wait to get back to my Courthouse Steps stringing;
right now into mask making for family members...stay safe --
"elbow waggling" ;))) Julierose

Chantal said...

Lovely work, Julie, as always. I haven't tried big stitches quilting yet. Stay safe. ;^)

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

I too love all your hand quilting on this cheerful scrappy string quilt!

Kyle said...

What a great project to have been working after being at the hospital during the day. I don't know how those color catches work, but so glad they do. Thank you for all that you've been doing for others.

Karrin Hurd said...

What a great quilt and quilting! Stay safe and thank you for your service!

AnnieO said...

Thinking of you and all the other dedicated nursing staff who are on the front lines of this pandemic, so scary! Glad fabric, needle and thread help you make it through the night. Hugs!

Robin said...

I don't know when I missed this post but I did until today. I love the quilting on your string quilt. It made it really special. The quilts that I have used flannel for the backing are the ones my grandkids always grab when they come to watch a movie downstairs. Nice finish.