Sad to say, the Great Canadian Blogathon is now over. I hope that you
participated and met lots of interesting people. I did! Lots of quilting
talent across this great country of ours. Around The World quilt is now
over as well. I am really happy with the quilting and I think that Gail is as well.
Gail decided that she would like 2 different fills done on this quilt.
The backing is made up of a small burgundy print so that it blends well with
the fabrics on the front-alot of small prints as well.
Stitch in the ditch was out of the question because of the age of the quilt and
because of the hand stitching.
Before I even began to stitch, I fixed seams that were popping open. Then I
basted the whole top because I wanted to start in the middle of the quilt and
quilt my way out, following the piecing of the quilt top.
I did this so that I would not get mixed up in the quilting patterns.
I divided up the quilting into 2 different designs to add interest to the top and
to create texture as well. In the photo above, I stitched in each square in a wiggly
sort of manner-very descriptive, I know. If you look closer at the picture,
the stitching does resemble a square but with wiggly lines instead of straight lines.
In the second area, I stitched straight lines. These seem to be very hot
right now in the “modern quilting” style. So, who would have known that
an older, very traditional, hand pieced quilt would get “modern stitching”
added to it? What great flexibility we have in quilting.
I used a light tan Superior 50 weight thread on the top and backing.
This thread is very thin but will hold up nicely. The fabric itself is very thin
so I didn’t want to use a thicker thread to cause more stress on it.
The backing does show the texture and quilting beautifully.
Now, that my trip around the world and across Canada is done, on to more
exciting things. Such as trying to prepare for Christmas. It is less than a month
away. Eeek!! Too much to do and too little time to do it. Isn’t that always the case?
Have a great week.
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