Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Anothe Big UFO

Here are pictures of a big, unfinished quilt in an old chest. The body of the quilt is almost entirely hand quilted, but much quilting is still needed on the sashing and borders which are the plain green print. This is also machine satin stitch applique - long before the buttonhole stitch became popular. The secret to satin stitch being pretty was how the thread matched the fabric piece.
This quilt dates back sometime in the late 1980's and I simply can't remember why I stopped working on it......probably got immersed into the making of another one then just never came back to the job of finishing the quilting. In some of the pictures, you can see the thread dangling waiting to be picked up again after moving the quilt to another position in the hoop.

In my quilts, I notice that there are many of the applique blocks that I have used more than once. Some are just so pleasing that I have repeated them. I also like the fact in this piece that I have handquilted motifs in the center of some of the designs. Most of my handdone quilts have crosshatching as a background filler. That seems to be very, very common in the older pieces.

Quilting by hand allows you to put a lot of texture in the actual individual flowers, leaves and other motifs in the block. In the above picture, you can see that the sashing is just three lines of stitching - plus, there is stitching in the ditches, also.

In this block, I do like the little bunches of grapes I quilted in between the buds that jut out from the flowers.

Nice little spiderweb, also. I should put this quilt back in the hoop and finish it - but I'll bet I could not make the nice little even stitches now that I did back then. I even have the fabric still tucked away for the binding. There is one more big UFO hidden away in the chest from the 90's that I will take out one day and photograph. That one is hand appliqued and hand quilted and not nearly so far along as this one. Do I get the prize for the biggest UFOs? (Click to enlarge)

9 comments:

Pokey said...

Such a nice one to go unfinished! I wonder, do you think you would satin stitch if you were to do this one again? Your background quilting gives such a pretty texture to this one, Carol.

Leslie said...

Oh my Carol, this is a wonderful quilt. Your stitches are just so consistent and small. I wish you would finish it, it would be stunning and a huge treasure to have with all of that wonderful hand quilting. Who cares if your stitches are a little larger. You can do it!!!

Bonny said...

So beautiful - are you going to finish it?

Quilting Queen said...

Hey Carol...I like your UFO's better than mine....I'd better get my rump in gear and finish up something!!

Stray Stitches said...

Your quilt is absolutely stunning. I think you should finish it even if your stitches won't be quite as fine as they were - but, then again, you might surprise yourself.

FeatherDuster said...

You have the prettiest UFO's! And so many are close to being finished.

Karen said...

What a beauty Carol! Finish it if you can.

Miri said...

This quilt is just too gorgeous not to finish! I love your using designs in the center of the wreaths and the grape quilting with the Rose of Sharon is brilliant! I'd definitely give it a go...if the quilting looks different it'll be just like a real antique quilt that was quilted by different people-this time, two versions of you! :)

Janet said...

I do hope you do finish this one, the stitches are very beautiful. You can have the prize, I don't even want to count my UFO's but I have dragged one out this week.