Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hand Quilting Catherine

Note Catherine's itty bitty reverse applique
I've started my 'winter's work' hand quilting Catherine's Garden.

In this picture you can see one of the flower heads and some of the reproductions done by friends.  Cream and the Amy Butler banana.

I am fortunate to have my floor frame in the family room and spend at least an hour a day hand quilting.





Pattern with applique and hand quilting lines

The quilting lines from our 1855 original antique quilt are on our pattern pieces.   I was able to mark the quilt using my light box prior to loading it in the frame.

I mark with General's Sketch and Wash graphite pencils.

Once I have the 'feature' motifs and outline stitching done, I will go back and add the filler stitching.  I am considering doing the filler 'off frame' and put the floor frame away for the holiday.



outline and motif hand quilting

I decided on a solid cream backing fabric - just like Catherine did.  She used the yellow on her front background.

This is one of the quilted leaves she carefully positioned between her applique leaves.

She was an amazing quilter and designer.

As I quilt I get to re-visit all for the flowers and leaves she designed.

One of my applique friends is making the yellow ground with red backing - Love it!!







outlining the vines and leaves


What a great season to work on...
     several hundred inches of red vines...
     green leaves in numerous shapes....
     and 65 other flowers and leaves...


I find handwork so relaxing.






Roxy - quilters foot warmer

I don't quilt alone. This is Roxy and she likes to keep my toes warm as I quilt.

She's an old girl and sleeps much of the day and loves to be close to me.

We've transferred her into a harness because sometimes she needs a little help getting up.  That's the least I can do for a loyal quilting helper!

Are you are making time to quilt?
Have a great week.







31 comments:

Margaret said...

So lovely! And hooray for hand quilting! So sweet that Roxy keeps you company!

Janet O. said...

I applaud your beautiful work. This quilt wouldn't be the same machine quilted. Hand quilting can be a lonely job, but not the case for you, I see. : )

Mary said...

I agree - handwork is very relaxing. Maybe that's why I enjoy hand quilting? The quilt is going to be beautiful!

Mayleen said...

That's going to be a beautiful quilt! I'm glad Roxie keeps you company while quilting.

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

Beautiful hand work on an amazing quilt.

audrey said...

I love this quilt and yes, hand work can be extremely relaxing. Your stitching is beautiful and so complementary to the quilt!

Sue said...

Your quilt is lovely Dawn and so impressed you hand quilt.

I love that Roxy keeps you company. She knows the best places to sleep.

KathyB said...

As usual your work is beautiful. Give Roxy a kiss for me and tell her she still looks good!

Maureen said...

It's always a treat to see what you are working on. I'd never heard of the General pencil. Aw, little Roxy! She does look a lot like my Penny. I used to have a harness to walk Penny because she pulled so hard and it seemed like I was choking her with a regular leash. Now it's all I can do to get her to walk a little faster. Ah, but they are still good at keeping us company. Glad you always have a quilting buddy! Good for you getting an hour a day. I was doing 30 minutes but haven't even been keeping up with that.

Miriam said...

Beautiful work Dawn. I love the tiny reverse applique!
Yes hand work is very relaxing.

Can I ask what batting you are using?

One Minnesota Quilter said...

This will be beautiful when you are finished. Your stitches look lovely. How sweet to have Roxy as a companion. :)

Judy

Lori said...

I am hand quilting almost every evening on my BTCT. I'm really enjoying the motifs. I'm also outlining quilting, then will go back and do some overall in the background. What kind of filler will you do? I'm thinking of cross hatching, but haven't firmed that up yet.

Karen said...

There are days I could use one of those harnesses on me. LOL!

AnnieO said...

MMmmm, mmmm, good! What a beautiful quilt to touch and admire as you stitch! Foot warmers are nice :)

Vicki said...

Hi Dawn - your hand-quilting is so precise. Wish I could achieve that regularity! Do you have a mountain view from your frame?

Doniene said...

Hi Dawn, I've been away from the computer most of the week - it was it and miss as far as comments! Some how missed this post!! Catherine's garden is BEAUTIFUL!!! Sadly, I've not done ANY hand quilting this week - sure do miss it!! Roxy is so faithful!!

Blessings!!

Deborah Hamilton said...

You do beautiful work, and I also find hand sewing relaxing. Your little dog is so cute.

Quilting Babcia said...

So nice when our furry friends want to keep us company, no matter what we're doing! Beautiful quilt!

Rosa said...

Your quilt looks beautiful and your quilting is just wonderful.

averyclaire.org said...

Love your post and all the other ones you have added. Was at the Denver quilt show last year...it was lovely! Did you get the frame down in time for the holidays? What kind of hand frame do you use then? Beautiful work!

Pen Pen said...

Your quilting is beautiful! We all need to have a "Roxy" to keep us company. Unfortunately, I have three dogs that are constantly fighting for a spot in mama's lap. :))

Frog Quilter said...

I find hand work extremely relaxing too. It's my goto thing to do in the evenings. Your stitching is awesome. I need a small project to try hand quilting... Any suggestions?

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Not a better combination, applique and hand quilting. I try to stitch every day too! Beautiful quilt, wish mine was this far along.

Quayceetatter said...

Love the quilt and hand quilting. Thanks for sharing your ideas in handquilting.

Maxine said...

Thanks for the close-up of your outline stitching. Your stitches are beautiful. I think I've been stitching too close to my applique. I'm going to try your method on a block of a sampler quilt to see if I really like it more. I quilt in Texas, USA.

taylorsoutback said...

Visiting you from Celebrate Hand Quilting blog hop. Wonderful pattern and wonderful hand quilting! Isn't it incredible how we are motivated by quilts that 100 years or older!!! Just timeless.

Nita said...

So beautiful! I think I need to sit beside someone to learn how to do that. On my own, I generally end up with a big mess, lol!

Sandra White said...

Visiting you on the blog hop. Very interesting blog and Roxie is a cutie.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

beautiful!

Nancy said...

Dawn your quilting is just wonderful. I am enjoying the blog hop.

susan nieuwoudt said...

Wow thanks for sharing.