Friday, July 13, 2012

Plotting in Pearl

Today is all about hand quilting.  I've spent the morning editing a 10 minute hand quilting video for Handstitched Class and writing a Handstitched post.  After this post, I'm off to the couch to do some real-life hand quilting!  Would you like to see what I've been plotting in pearl?

with Anna Maria Horner's threads!

My very last project for Handstitched Class is a baby-sized whole cloth quilt.  I had such trouble deciding what to do!  With a whole cloth quilt, the quilting is everything and the possibilities are endless.  My first choice was to either find a fabric with a pattern I'd "follow" with my hand quilting OR create my own hand quilting pattern on a fabric.  After quite a lot of back and forth, I settled on creating my own quilting pattern on a Kona solid.  I guess I'm trying to rise to the challenge!

plotting with pearl

In order to work with my pearl cottons on hand, I first chose some thread colors (all from Anna Maria Horner's boxed set!) and then searched for a Kona solid that would coordinate.  This is Kona Lake.  It's a nice pale shade so that my quilting will show.  Then I auditioned fabrics for the backing - not too busy, but not solid and something that would coordinate with my angular quilt design.  Alexander Henry Heath just works for everything, doesn't it?

 working on my whole cloth quilt

I'm working in scattered triangles.  Totally enjoying the design and so glad I took the plunge.  Crossing fingers I can finish this in the next couple of days!

31 comments:

  1. It is going to be fun! I love the triangles, and can't wait to see how this progresses!
    I'm behind on my medallion; hopefully, I can make some progress this weekend.

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  2. Ah, what I would do for one of those AMH box sets. No really, I'd do just about anything. You need anyone 'out of business' or something'? ;))

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  3. That is beautiful!! It looks like you bound it first, before quilting. What is the reason for that? Or am I seeing it wrong?

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  4. Oh this is gonna be pretty. I wish you would do a mini tutorial on hand stitching.

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    1. I have! Here is an old tutorial on hand quilting. It covers the basics: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2011/07/loulouthi-tiles-hand-quilting-tutorial.html True I go into lots more detail with my students, but that will get you started!

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  5. Hi Rachel! You chose really beautiful colours and fabrics! That is going to be adorable quilt! I enjoy so much hand quilting! x Teje

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  6. wow, this is going to be gorgeous!!! I love whole cloth quilts and your quilting looks fabulous!

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  7. Liking the scattered triangle look :o) The thread did remind me of a conversation I had a few months ago though. I'd gone in to a local department store which has a pretty large fabric/ haberdashery department looking for some #8 perle, and asked if they had any in stock. The girl I asked looked somewhat glaikit (local term, which kind of means a bit of a vacant expression) and pointed to the skeins of regular embroidery thread. I patiently explained it was perle cotton I was looking for. Her face lit up 'Oh, well we have some that's a kind of off white, creamy colour, would that do?' Err, no dear, wrong kind of pearl...

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  8. It looks like you stenciled on the triangles first, am I right? Love the color choices! So fun to try something new. Happy stitching.

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    1. Yep, I drew them on with a hera marker first!

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  9. That's going to be so pretty! Looks like fun, too!

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  10. All that pearl cotton makes my fingers itch to play with mine some more! That whole cloth quilt is going to be beautiful

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  11. You've bound it first? Is there a reason you're not binding after you've quilted?

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  12. You've bound it first? Is there a reason you're not binding after you've quilted?

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    1. With hand quilting something this small, I just don't see anything shifting. I knew I would enjoy the process more if it was already bound.

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  13. Absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

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  14. Love those colours of pearl!
    The stitching looks great so far, love the triangles =D

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  15. lovely shades of PC balls. You are having fun indeed hand quilting away!

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  16. Beautiful! Are you marking your lines with a Hera marker? I can never get mine to stick around long enough - I would be afraid that they would disappear!

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    1. Yes, I'm using a hera marker. It is my favorite marker for fine quilting lines!

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  17. I love this!, can't wait for this in class!! Those pearle threads are just beautiful and I might have to have some. It is the first time I have tried them as part of your class and I love to work with them.

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  18. Rachel! You are really cruel....to make us wait! Ugh! I absolutely love this and SO look forward to it! Love, love your work......by the way, I bought the Stitch Magazine with you in it!!! I love your designs in there....they are the best!

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  19. Glad we are finishing school next week, my handstitched projects to do are beginning to mount up! I will get there though eventually...I'm loving the EPP!

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  20. So pretty. I love the Kona Lake.

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  21. It looks so pretty! xoxo Kim

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  22. This is going to be so pretty - already is! I know someone taking your hand stitched class, kinda wish I'd jumped on too!
    Question, though- is that PVC pipe I see? What's the purpose?
    Sorry, for being ignorant :(

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    1. That's my Q-snap quilting frame! It's used instead of a hoop.

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  23. It looks amazing...love the photos!

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  24. Such lovely shades and lots of patience! I started handquilting my first quilt (as it was a paper pieced hexagon and I'd hand stitched most of it) but I ended up giving up as I just couldn't achieve the clean look I wanted - seeing how lovely yours looks, I might have to persevere!

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  25. i feel like all i ever say to you is i love what you are doing, but it is so true every single time! xo xo xo

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    1. Haha, thanks Nicke! After meeting you I can imagine all your sweet x's and o's. You are so kind!

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