Around The World

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.

Around the World Quilt

Around the World Quilt

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.

Square stitching -up close and personal

Square stitching -up close and personal

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.

Straight line quilting

Straight line quilting

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.

Another close up

Another close up

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.

Back of the quilt

Back of the quilt

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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4 thoughts on “Around The World

  1. Pam at Quilting Fun says:

    Your trip around the world is looking lovely. How did you reinforce the seams? I have a friend who just found a quilt at her moms and wants to fix it up. The seams are all popping. Looks like the original sewer did not use a 1/4 inch seam.

    • ruthq2013 says:

      HI Pam,

      wow! What a find! I just took out thread and hand stitched the seams closed again. If she doesn’t want to do that, then she can use a sewing machine to fix the seams. It is time consuming but helps to reinforce the seams so the quilt stays together longer. She can make sure that she does dense quilting too, that will help it stay together better too. Hope that helps.


  2. Sandra Robben says:

    Respect for how you complimented the top with your Quilting. Simple, elegant and hopefully sturdy for many years to come. I put a pin on Pinterest of the backside of the quilt so I’ll remember when I work on my grandmothers quilt, wich is also suffering from popping seams and, although it has a woolen blanket inside and a backing, has never been quilted.

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