Sunday, 13 December 2015

Inner City update

I feel like I'm progressing well with my hand quilting.  Clearly the end isn't in sight, but the middle might be, which is about as good as it gets.  I am using one, variegated thread for this and it leads me to reflect that, much as I love using perle and changing my colours to match the fabrics, it does involve a lot of starting and finishing, whereas with one thread I can just keep going.  Time isn't an issue, and I'll go on making these choices based on how I want a quilt to look, but it is interesting to consider how much these little things all add up to.

Anyhow, the black and white fabrics don't really show the quilting so well, and the back is patterned too so not much better, but here's a couple of shots.



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21 comments:

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Enjoy your stitching today :) The last project that I worked on had a bowl sitting out with about 6 or 7 different colors to use. I agree...much easier with just one, which I am doing now.

The Cozy Quilter said...

Looking good! Have fun stitching today.

SandraC said...

Beautiful stitches!

Quiltdivajulie said...

This is a wonderful quilt - love the fabrics and how they are mixed ...

scraphappy said...

So many pretty colors. Hand quilting will give you time to enjoy them all.

Kate said...

Love the red and black in this quilt. Hope you can fit in lots of stitching time this week.

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

love your quilting - so nice and neat.

Julie said...

It's not so much the actual quilting, but the mindset it puts us in. Most definitely theraputic during this busy season. Wish I had one going, too.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I think it looks great--you have beautiful stitches!!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

It is looking very nice, Kaja. I can definitely see your quilting stitches, and I have had similar thoughts about changing thread colors when machine quilting, too. I don't think I will purposefully choose not to for a quilt because of a bit more time, but I do ponder it when I'm in the thick of it, usually. :)

Donna said...

What beautiful stitches. I have never used more than one color to hand quilt. I might consider that in the future.

Mystic Quilter said...

I like the way you're quilting this one, and your stitches are showing up beautifully.

Cathy said...

Inner City is looking really good. (I know what you mean about changing colors, starting, finishing but it's always worth it). Inner City looks peaceful...not the usual hustle and bustle of the city!

Quilter Kathy said...

Beautiful stitching!
I seem to get bored with one thread colour, so switching colours keeps be interested longer :)

CathieJ said...

I used a variegated thread on a solid black background for one of my quilts and absolutely loved the result. The added benefit was that I didn't have to constantly change colors. I love the way your quilt looks.

VivJM said...

Lovely stitching! I like the idea of the middle being in sight :-)

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Beautiful stiching, slow stitching is so peaceful

Deb A said...

I'm fairly new to hand quilting so have only used my off white YLI. Your stitches are looking good. Hopefully they are very relaxing for you with no deadline.

Stephie said...

How have you got so much done already?!?! I love variegated thread too - I quite like the surprises and the randomness. It's not really the time issue that gets to me when you're using more than one colour thread, I think it's the interruption of the rhythm that I find a bit frustrating. What's lovely about these photos is seeing how interesting the quilt looks close to, with all the folds and small prints - it's like the city's disappeared! (Are you sure it's not Brigadoon?!)

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Lovely stitching. I am not usually patient enough to use matching threads. I love quilting with variegated threads. Hand quilting is so peaceful! I also feel that way about knitting.

-Soma

Lara B. said...

Your handstitched lines of perle are the perfect way to complete this gorgeous quilt Kaja! It is funny how the little things add up in time, but I like your no hurry approach.