Monday, August 8, 2016

Needle to Lotus

 Lotus Quilt

Indecision.  That's what mires my projects, sends them to WIP purgatory.  My Lotus quilt was slowly inching along until the last few steps, backing and quilting, came into view.  Now that I've sorted out the sex of my baby belly and colors for her room, it turns out that Lotus quilt isn't the right fit.  I love the quilt - love it! - but I don't have to keep it.  If I kept all my favorite quilts, where would we be?  So, now that I know who it's not-for, I'm suddenly decisive about finishing.  Yay.

Lotus Quilt

I pieced together a backing and basted late one evening with trusty 505 adhesive spray and Warm & Natural batting.  Spray basting is the only way to baste when you're pregnant (and at all other times...).  If you'd like more details about my typical finishing process, see this and this post.

Lotus Quilt

I've decided on a mix of hand and machine quilting.  For starters I've machine quilted around the edges of all the blocks, as well as bound the quilt.  I like working with an already-bound quilt when hand quilting, if possible.  Since I've already done grid-like all over machine quilting, there's no reason not to finish those edges!

Lotus Quilt

The backing is a nice large piece of Little Folks flannel (that I'd been hoarding) and some happy pink fabrics that match the quilt top.  It's a bit warm to sit under in this heat, but hand quilting is worth it.

Lotus Quilt - hand quilting

The kids and I are streaming Olympics while I hand quilt around flowers and circle centers.  They're in heaven.... and I'm happy as long as the fan is on.

Stay cool friends!

38 comments:

  1. Hi Rachel! Are you sure this doesn't 'fit'? It's so beautiful that I would keep it! Sometimes I continue quilting after binding, too. Now I just finished hand quilting the 'After the Storm' and will bind it and then add still few stitches. This Lotus is one of my favourites (as so many other from you)! x Teje

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    1. I hear you Teje. Each time Rachel finishes a quilt I feel I have another favorite =)

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  2. Congratulations Rachael on your growing belly. This is a beautiful quilt... As always.

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  3. This one is definitely my favorite! Gorgeous!

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  4. This quilt is so beautiful, and your hand stitches are the perfect finish!

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  5. In just LOVE this quilt - can't imagine how it couldn't be a fit, but I'm sure it will find a wonderful home.

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  6. It's going to be a stunner when it's finished!

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  7. I know, it is hot. Today and tomorrow we have a little "break" from the humidity but the moisture is just south of me, Charlottesville and Richmond got pounded today. we just had cool clouds.
    I do love your quilt so much.

    I have four lotus blocks made, and that is totally put aside now for two other projects, but it is still on the list because I just love the block and I hope to finish it for a future grandbaby (Sarah is getting soooo spoiled :-D)

    I am enjoying the swimming and diving today. Parts of the Olympics are really fun to watch!

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  8. It's a beautiful quilt, Rachel, and such a nice way to finish it off - I love the hand quilting, but especially that it's not only hand quilting. I never have time to completely hand quilt a quilt, but would love to add some details like that!

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    1. Yes, partial hand quilting is a nice compromise sometimes! I knew I wanted to hand quilt around the flowers, but that it wouldn't be enough to secure the quilt for good. =)

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  9. Isn't it time for a belly photo ???? Just how big is that belly getting these days? Do show us.

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    1. Uh oh, belly pictures? Maybe at some point... Maybe the stars will align?

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    2. My very favorite belly picture (ever) is the one of you in a doorway (or possibly a window?) So, so beautiful.

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  10. This quilt is very cute! I love the colors and the small squares. One of these days I will try to sew curves. I was a garment seamstress for many years (bridesmaid and wedding dresses even!), stuff with sleeves, but haven't done curves on a quilt pattern. I need to be brave!

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    1. Oh, I bet you'll do really well then, when you do try curves!

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  11. It's looking great! Mixing hand and machine quilting is my favorite and I've done it on most of my quilts for the past 3 or 4 years. Spray basting is also my favorite - thank you so much for introducing me to 505 :-)
    Happy stitching ~ Tracy

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  12. Gorgeous quilt! I love the flower - especially in the fabric in the first photo.
    Teresa x

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  13. I love the colors in this one. I agree hand quilting does seem to be necessary on some quilts and I also have a summer project going on...so hot tho, many evenings it just sits beside me and I tell myself I'll do it in September. Cannot imagine trying to hand quilt in summer with a baby belly. Congratulations on the girl bump!

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  14. This is beautiful! I really love the alphabet print. Reminds me of elementary school. I love the whole quilt!

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  15. I don't know how you could bear to part with it. It's beautiful.

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  16. Such a happy and colorful quilt. I am in love with the border. What is it?
    Wishing you blessings with the baby and your family.

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    1. I think the border fabric is by Windham. I've had it for awhile, so it's probably not easy to find, unfortunately. I love it too! I had to be strong to use it up this way =)

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  17. Very beautiful Rachael. I'm sure it will be well loved where ever it finds a home.

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  18. I'm totally in love with this quilt! If it was me...I'd make it fit!! It's too beautiful not to keep!!

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  19. Oh I love your quilt so much .... I love the colours an shapes. I especially love the contrast of the edging with the lettering on it. Beautiful. I love looking at the work of those that quilt. I have always wanted to have a go at quilting, but I just need to find someone who can help me get started. Maybe I should find some basic classes nearby and give them a go. Anyway moving soon, so think I'll wait until then and have a look when I get there.

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  20. I have loved this block from the beginning and now love the borders, binding and backing of your almost finished project. The combination of machine and hand quilting is perfect - one of my favorite techniques that is just right for so many quilts!

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  21. This quilt is so beautiful, and your hand stitches are the perfect finish!
    love all patterns !!
    what a find.
    thank you
    xoxo
    Best Tailored suits for Men and Women

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  22. So pretty! What a great idea to mix machine and hand quilting. Hand-quilting an entire quilt can seem so overwhelming at the start. Does Warm and Natural work well under white fabrics? I love that batting, but I've gotten the Warm and White when I have white backgrounds, but maybe I don't have to!?!

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    1. I use Warm & Natural under everything and it never bothers me a bit with white. I can't tell that it effects the color at all. Could be just me?

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    2. I have used Warm N Natural with white fabrics and had no issues. Give it a try on a small project to see if you like the look.

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  23. It is just lovely, Rachel!
    I saw your recent pins on baby girl and I'm love the colors, of course ;)

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  24. It's a gorgeous quilt and I love the addition of the hand quilting around the flowers! A couple of random questions - 1. what thread do you use to hand-quilt? It looks like embroidery floss. Is it? 2. Where did you get the text fabric around the edge? I'm making one of my girls a strip "book" quilt, and that would be so cool to add! Thanks!

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    1. Hi, Treen! I am hand quilting with perle cotton size 8. It does look like embroidery floss, but it is much stronger and not meant to be divided like floss. The text fabric is a Windham print that is likely not available any longer. Sorry =( Yes, I also love a good text print!

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  25. It's a happy quilt Rachel - beautiful as always😀

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  26. Love this quilt. And so funny you first did machine quilting and the binding and than started to hand quilt it....I thought about doing this so any times but thought it would be crazy. Almost as if someone could caught me while doing it, ha ha. It looks good, now I will give it a try;)
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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