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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

what's in the box

I found an old project that was hidden in a box

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It's a beginning off a quilt I made from a picture I saw in the book below.

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It's a variation off the snowball quilt and it's great to use scraps in.
I was planning on making it a large quilt for a double bed. I always start new projects with great enthousasme but usually that enthusiastic feeling fades away quickly.
So today Thinking on all the work that still needs to be done, UGH!!... it just gives me a headache!
I need a new plan!

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Well, that was simple just making a dolls quilt instead!

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Next dilemma, quilt by hand or machine? What kind off yarn do I use for machine quilting?
Would anyone like to offer some opinions or advice? It is always welcome!

27 comments:

méri said...

Certainly you'll find the perfect way, as always, to finish it!
Looks so beautiful. I've never made quilts, just because I don't know how. I think I would like make them by hand.

(That pinchusion is a real beauty!!!Have you made it???)

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

That quilt is gorgeous! Did you piece it by hand? I have the same book and it is a good one. I think I bought it at a garage sale. It has some lovely quilts in it.

The Calico Cat said...

A. if you pieced it by hand, then I would finish it by hand. (No "rules" just what I would do - not that I have done any hand piecing.)

B. If you do machine quilting, use the thread that you would have used for piecing. (100% cotton.) A lot of people have problems (tension, melting, breaking etc.) with the "invisible" threads & they would not "fit" with that antique pattern - again my opinion, not a rule.

For either, I would use a white thread for the whole quilt

Dawn said...

I ADORE this quilt!!!!!!
Great work!

eileen said...

I can't comment on machine quilting because I have only hand-quilted. And maybe if it is small for a doll, it would not take long to hand-quilt. Those look like truly older fabrics.. VERY lovely! perfect pattern too.

dot said...

Great quilt. I think hand quilting would really work well but there is the time to do it. It is just a wonderful quilt anyway you look at it.

Sandi A. said...

Like "Calico Cat" said, "if you pieced it by hand, then quilt it by hand". It is really lovely. I used to have a pincushion like the one sitting on your quilt but I wore it out. My husband had a trip to Taiwan and I sent him in search of one but no luck. He was having a hard time "picturing" my description of the pincushion but now I can show him your picture and when he goes back again, perhaps he'll have better luck finding it in either Taiwan or Japan. :-)

Guðrún said...

The quilt is gorgeous. I am no expert when it comes to thread.

quiltedepee said...

It's beautiful! Your piecing is so precise. I would personally quilt it by hand, as it's a traditional pattern and there's all that good open space to show off your work. As it's a doll quilt, it wouldn't take long, either!

Anjea

püppilottchen said...

wow - that´s a great dollquilt! and i know what you mean: starting with great enthousasme and then... it was the same with my "grandmother´s flowergarden" i once started, when i was pregnant with the twins (they are twenty now)... :) anyway - i would prefer handquilting for this lovely little dollquilt!

nicola

astrid said...

Ik vind quilten met de hand een lekker rustgevend werkje. Maar, dat is uiteraard voor iedereen anders. Ben eigenlijk wel benieuwd of je quiltgaren ook voor de machine kunt gebruiken. Ziet er trouwens fantastisch uit: Scrapquilts zijn mijn favoriete quilts.

Dawn said...

What a gorgeous find in a box! It would be so lovely with hand-quilting, but even done with machine your work is so exquisite that it will be beautiful!

Felicia said...

It turned out beautifully :)

Patti said...

Since it's a small doll quilt I would finish it with hand quilting. Shouldn't take all that long. I'm familiar with that pattern - it's been around a LONG time - I know it as "Hummingbird". I've always thought that was a neat name.

Gillian said...

Oh, definitely hand quilt this beauty!

nicolette said...

It would be lovely to handquilt this gorgeous doll quilt!

For machine-quilting I use Aurifil thread (can also be used for handquilting) and another one that I love for handquilting is YLI Quilting glazed cotton thread. But as you know I’m not that experienced!

Katherine said...

How beautiful! I'm glad you took it out of the box and finished it, Corry. It's so lovely.

I too, would quilt it in white thread, as others have suggested already.

Rose Marie said...

A sweet quilt and I would probably hand quilt it just because it was hand pieced and it is tiny.

I use Coats Extra Strong thread which I also wax for hand quilting.

Dotty said...

Those colours are lovely as always!!
I love the red and white gingham next to the blue polka dot fabric, great colour combination.

Suzie said...

It is a beautiful quilt! I like this pattern very much. I love hadquilting and I always use YLI.

Sassy lady said...

I was always wander how people have patience for quilting-your works is fanatanstic(sorry,I`m not that good with english)

Elly said...

Ik kan me dat helemaal voorstellen: vol enthousiasme en goede moed aan iets beginnen, maar later ontdekken, dat het toch wel héél veel werk is! Een kleiner quiltje is een goede oplossing! Helaas geen antwoord op je vraag, ben niet erg thuis in het quilten! (Alhoewel ik hoop, daar ooit eens verandering in te brengen!)

Jackie said...

I love the quilt!! If you machine quilt it use 100% cotton quilting thread. It really is the best and looks lovely! I can't wait to see the finished result.

Linda said...

Good morning, Corry:

I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog and gave your blog an award on my Linda's Blog today.

Thanks for always inspiring me.

Have a wonderful day.

Linda

pascale said...

I always love to come visit your blog, you make such lovely things. And congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter.
Pascale
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Barbara said...

what a BEAUTIFUL QUILT::kISSES bARBARA

said...

ah! i have a pincushion just like that but in green:)