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Sister Hammock Quilt COMPLETE!

This wonderful quilt was pieced over 4th of July week 2013.ย  Read more about my quilting adventures that week here.ย  Suffice it to say I ended up with this quilt that we pin basted together before my besties visit came to an end!…

Then it sat in line waiting for me to have time to quilt it… hers also waiting but as summer waned she started hers and soon I had to start mine too!ย  They are sister quilts aren’t they! lol

My formal quilting started September 9 and I completed all the quilting November 3, 2013… so just under 2 months to hand quilt this baby!

The back is fun too… I added a zig zag across the upper middle of the back horizontally… you can see it on the hammock from the back here.

This quilt used bamboo & cotton mix batting that is super soft and shrinks like all cotton but was easy to quilt through as it is thin but drapes beautifully after it is washed (I just finished before this one… a quilt with the same batting the washing made ALL the difference!).

I hand quilted 3 lines diagonally on the colored fabrics in perle cotton white at the center line with 40 wt YLI white hand quilting thread on either side and used my John James needles (I like size 8 betweens :))

Then in the rombuses (the slanted rectangles I made bowties and also quilted the triangles to bring out their bowtie-ness!ย  I used the 40 wt YLI thread for this quilting… In the above pic you can see where I signed my name to the bottom corner of the quilt ๐Ÿ™‚

But I wasn’t happy with how it felt where I had done all this quilting so I added more to the slanted one side and squared other side colored fabrics with a geometric zig zag like this…

Pretty cool all together… and those extra 240 zig zags made the difference for this quilt… It was worth the extra couple weeks going back over the whole quilt to add this quilting… now it is soft snuggly and ready for us to use… on the hammock or in the house ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay… now the truth… I wrote all the above while it was being washed and dried… twice!!!

I washed it the first time on cold gentle and dried lightly in the dryer.ย  The second time however, I washed it on warm and used heat to dry!ย  Wow is it lovely now ๐Ÿ˜€ and sooooo soft!!!ย  I did use color catchers in both washes/dries but there wasn’t much color absorbed… and the white stayed nice n bright!ย  Check out this photo montage ๐Ÿ™‚

ย with my signature and last but not least the year completed!

From the back….

ย The back is Hoffman fabrics white with white polkadots!ย  They wrinkled differently and gave the back a pebbly appearance… super cozy too!

This is a quilt for general use but mainly for our hammock out back… so pics there were needed before I could post this! hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

Another cool fact about this quilt… my bestie finished and washed hers THE SAME DAY I did!ย  Isn’t that cool… so they were made together and “birthed” together and each are being loved by us!ย  Love that ๐Ÿ™‚

I plan to link this finish to:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict here
My Quilt Infatuation here
ย  ย  ย ย  & Featured here
Richard and Tanya Quilts here
ย  ย  ย ย  & Featured here

Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sundays here
Sugar Bee Crafts here

Sugar Bee Crafts
If this is your first visit to my blog read my most recent post to get to know me better… here ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I love comments so please leave one to let me know you were here!ย  Or email me directly here.

Have a blessed November… more on what we have been up to otherwise coming very soon!



Back from a quilting retreat!

After being off the grid for the last week I have a finish to post… and much to share… too much for this post… for now though… check this out ๐Ÿ™‚

Me and my bestie made “sister quilts” … we used the same pattern for the blocks but set them differently… hers is also smaller by mine by 1 row each way ๐Ÿ™‚

We both used the same Basic Grey by Moda “pb&j” jelly rolls for our quilts and had hardly any left over in the end ๐Ÿ™‚

Now we are both gonna hand quilt our “sister quilts” ๐Ÿ™‚

Linking this to Confessions of a Fabric Addict this week!

Have a blessed weekend!


Border dance time ~ Updated!

Not only have I finished all 30 butterflies with outlines… but I have designed and started on the border of Pam’s quilt!ย  Yahoo!ย  Whoop Whoop!ย  (As my friend Sarah says :))

So here has been my process…
Pray over the quilt to decide the design that should be there… look at the existing quilting and see what will complement it… consult other quilters that are focused on that style of quilting for advice…

So I prayed over it…
Drew on it with erasable pen until I decided on a design then marked the winning design that started like this…

to the fabric using tape as my 1″ measure between lines like this…

can you see the light grey lines???

Using plain old painters tape over and over until it lost its sticky to stabilize the fabric AND mark 1″ measurements… like this ๐Ÿ™‚

Then sew on my drawn lines for the grounding effect this flying away pinwheel quilt needed!

So now I am off to sew more straight lines that meet in the middle!

Hand quilting straight lines is going fast… and look how cute the middle turned out!

And the corner with the butterfly in it…. looks so cool!

At this writing I am 1/4 of the way done with the border… hope to finish by Monday!ย  June 24 ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Then just to bind!ย  And that will be the Whoop Whoop I hope to share next week!

Hope you are having a productive week too!


P>S>ย  Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict here.ย  Check her out and what others have posted too… link any progress or plans for progress!

If you are a quilter looking for some quilty friends check out my facebook page Patchwork Friends here.ย  It is a private group of quilty goodness to keep our posts off public pages ๐Ÿ™‚