Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Whole Cloth Quilt Is Done!

Wow -- it's done! It was much more work than I anticipated. I put this quilt on the first part of August and it took a month. Of course I didn't work on it constantly and during that time I was on a week's vacation as well as my week out at the fairgrounds helping with 4-H. I didn't keep track of the hours. Maybe I should have but I decided early on that I didn't want the clock to be this nagging pressure on me to get it done. I would guess that it was somewhere between 40 and 60 hours to complete. Some of my favorite parts are the paisley tear drop shapes in the wide border and then repeating them in a much smaller scale in the center and also I love the background around the center design. The most difficult part was the binding on the scallops. I wanted to have a double edged line around the scallops and found it very difficult to get even close to perfect in stitching it down. I ended up handstitching much of the binding around the scallops. In hind sight it would have been better for me to stitch this from the back side of the quilt using my sewing machine rather than trying to do it on the longarm. I'm also still wondering if I shouldn't have put the scallop on all four sides, but most of my family has thought that just three sides with the straight side being for pulling up under your chin on the bed a logical idea. Well, it goes in a quilt show at the end of this week. How it will do I have no idea -- when I know in a couple weeks I'll let you all know.


Anna said...

Wow. That's all I can seem to utter.

Just one, big ... Wow.

grandmarockton said...

Beautiful! does it need a home with TLC???

Ellen said...

Laurie! I agree with Anna - WOW! Stunning! Will this be at the NW Quilt Expo?

Podunkpretties said...

Just found your blog through the art of web surfing whole cloth quilts. Your quilting is amazing!