Monday, 21 May 2012

mini


work in progress finished mini for festival of quilts. hand quilting in a naive way (the only way i can do it!) i'm loving this process despite it killing my fingers. haven't found a thimble i'm happy with yet and i'm too impatient to get this finished to bother trying anything new. i love the texture the threads are creating, it's more like embroidery or modern kantha quilting.

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Ethne said...

Lovely colourful creation - wish I could see it in person but not able to go to FoQ

Flying Blind... said...

Naive is good!

Erin M. said...

Let us know if you find a thimble you like. I've got a handstitching project right now and it is killing my fingers too. Love the colors. Keep up the good work.

thatmoxiegirl said...

I absolutely love it!

Elsa said...

Great mini quilt ~ your quilting really makes it wonderful!

Things Hand Made said...

its beautiful. truly eye catching

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's beautiful!

Charlotte said...

have you tried a leather thimble? It's the only kind I can use without getting a blister.
This is gorgeous, by the way!

Lisa said...

I think it looks really cool!

Colette said...

Oooh it's gorgeous, had the same raw, bruised finger tips over here too, Amy (LMQG) recommended a plaster on the finger tip - haven't healed enough to try it out yet though!

sallgood said...

Love! (Don't you wonder how quilters are able to accomplish tiny stitches? Utility stitch is all I can do too- glad I like the texture and a primitive look of big stitches!) :D

Sarah said...

Have you tried one of these Clover Natural Fit Leather Thimble? I got one from cotton patch and its perfect for me. Your quilt truly is wonderful, I love it.

Cherie said...

That looks gorgeous! Love the handd quilting! Your own style is always best =D


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anniemac said...

Wow - and I thought this quilt was amazing BEFORE you did the hand-stitching! It really adds a lot - just beautiful!

Quiltjane said...

Wow, I love that quilting style. They look fantastic.

Chloe said...

Love it! :)

I struggled to find a thimble too, I couldn't get used to not being able to feel the needle when I pushed it through the fabric. I used masking tape for a while, wrapped round my finger with an extra bit where I push the needle through, and now I'm using some cushioned plasters from Sainsburys cut into pieces with a little pad of folded tissue underneath. All sounds a bit fiddly and if pushing the needle really hard I think it might poke through, but both methods seem to work pretty well for me and I stitch through fabrics painted with acrylics so they're often quite stiff :)

Lynne said...

Nah, I can't do thimbles either. I just develop lovely 'seggs' on my finger tips!

I've been using this size of quilting stitch for a while now, on my more modern quilts, I use one ply of 21st Century hand dyed cotton and it's a beautiful combination - very relaxing to do. It's not sashiko, the stitch issmaller than that, but yes, certainly reminiscent of kantha quilts. They look lovely, Lu.

lu summers said...

thank you everyone!
i've been to my LQS today & bought 2 sizes of clover thimbles, they're rubber with metal tips, as recommended to me on twitter (i think it was you quiltjane???) & they're very comfortable. i also bought a ton more solid fabric because i was getting bored of my colours, so expect to see more of these. i'm in love.

Shevvy said...

Love it. Will keep an eye out at FoQs.

I have one of those new clover one but haven't used it yet, no others have been comfortable so I keep forgetting it.

lu summers said...

No not Quiltjane it was @ruthquilts!

ale balanzario said...

Very good work, love the colors and the stiches.

Clare said...

This is gorgeous.I love love love it. Very Gwen Marston.

Kathleen C. said...

Love your quilt and your stitching and your colors!

MariQuilts said...

It's perfect..I love it.