Sunday, June 9, 2013

Patience, Perseverance, Persistence!

Perhaps, just perhaps, I may have learnt a little of the meaning of these three attributes by the time I have finished my current quilting project! Remember this quilt?....


My Kim/Keiko Flower Garden Quilt (pattern based on Kim McLean's Flower Garden, most of the fabrics are Keiko Goke fabrics). It took around 18 months to make the top (strip pieced backgrounds, needleturned applique flowers). I have now embarked on hand quilting it...with A LOT of little Kantha style stitches all over the entire quilt!


Using a crease marker, I am marking up a few inches at a time, at 1/4 inch intervals, then sitting under a good light at night and hand stitching away until my heart is content!!


Of course I am using Perle 8 threads to do it (I do just adore them)...6 subtle colours and usually done with around 3-7 rows of each colour. I have found it stitches well using a size 8 embroidery needle.


This is going to take me a little while, I'm finding I can get one flower panel done in around 3-4 nights of about 2 1/2 hours of stitching each night. But I must say, it is better than therapy, I find it ever so relaxing and enjoyable, so I don't think I will mind the time it takes!

61 comments:

Lisa said...

What a lovely, relaxing activity and you will end up with an absolutely gorgeous heirloom quilt. Win, win!!!

ms lottie said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! That's going to be absolutely amazing when it's done.

Teje Karjalainen said...

This is amazing, Cathy! Lot of work but worth of it! x Teje

Leanne said...

It looks fabulous Cathy. At least you'll be warm for the rest of winter....haha. L xo

Quiltjane said...

Cathy, it looks amazing. Well worth the hours of stitching.

Janet said...

Oh Cathy, it's super duper wonderful, I always wanted to do some Kantha stitching over a quilt and your top is perfect for it.

Lesley said...

This is stunning. I love the quilting and the variety of colors. Wonderful quilt!

Berry Wood Lane said...

This is the first time I saw use of a crease marker. I'm going to be on the lookout for one. Pretty quilt! Thanks for sharing.

Paula Hensley Murphy said...

Cathy this is a Masterpiece! how wonderful. I love this piece

Archie the wonder dog said...

This looks stunning!

Nanci Stokes said...

Very, very pretty. I love the background you chose for this work of ART!

Jackie said...

And it will be soooo worth the wait! Love this quilt and your quilting!

Nilya said...

This will be stunning. It is the perfect quilting for his project, loooove it!

Jackie said...

It's a beautiful quilt - your hand quilting will make it even more so!

fiberchick said...

Well who could imagine that the quilting could live up to that magnificent top!? Fantastic-You are a wonder!

Nedra said...

Oh, wow Cathy! I find hand work very relaxing too, but your project is extra amazing. Love your choices of colors in threads, and the top really did turn out spectacular. It's been fun to watch your progress over the months.

Sheila said...

Wow! Your quilt is awesome, beautiful!

Cynthia@aquilterbynight said...

This is just one fantastic quilt! The colors, the quilting, the big flowers!

Susan said...

Fantastic quilt! I have enjoyed watching it come together. You're very inspiring.

Lurline said...

Reading this Post has been a real buzz for me Cathy. Maybe I should say 'another inspiration' - must tre the kantha stitching!
Big hugs - Lurline.

Sharon said...

Oh to have that much time to hand quilt every day.....Your work is amazing and I love the Kantha style quilting, it's truly gorgeous.

Quilter Kathy said...

What a fabulous post to find today! Love this quilt...and your stitching is luscious :) The photos are gorgeous too!

Carla said...

But just LOOK at it. So gorgeous

Pat Pearston said...

A gorgeous labor of love!

Venus de Hilo said...

So beautiful! Agree than hand-stitching is wonderfully relaxing. Some days it feels worth it just for the stress-relief, with the lovely stitching a nice side-benefit.

RobynK said...

Cathy, your quilt is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.(And I have seen a lot!) I have to keep reminding myself that patience is a virtue. BTW we can see your halo shining from across the big ditch.lol
Cheers
Robyn In New Zealand

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Massive wow....

Salley said...

Fabulous quilting finish to a fabulous pieced top. Love it.

Karen said...

Oh my goodness, I love the quilting. Have never heard of this - I will look into it. Great job!!

Nancy in NV-wheres the dude at blogspot said...

Cathy,
Your quilt is a masterpiece! I love the low volume background and bright flower combo not to mention the hand stitching. Fantastic

Jodi said...

It's sooo pretty! A question for you: Do you use a quilting hoop, or any kind of hoop? I'm new at hand-quilting and my backside comes out uneven. Just trying to figure out why...

Nifty Quilts said...

Wow! I loved this flimsy, but now it's so much better! I never would have thought of the kantha quilting on this. It really is stunning. Wow, wow, wow!

Sofia said...

I just admire our stitching! I loooove hand quilting, it is very meditative and relaxing.

Ali Honey said...

Oh wow! I have signed on to that class with Kim in Taupo at Symposium NZ next month. I think I will just do one panel at first to see how I get on.
Would you recommend that background or something plainer?

mieke said...

Great idea, Cathy!!! I just love the result of your stitches, do you mind me copying you on some project one day ? :-)
Anyway, your quilt will end up as another true beautiful one!!! x Mieke

I Quilt for Fun said...

It's a masterpiece! Eye candy for sure!

Marit said...

This is divine, Cathy! I can imagine the texture is amazing. Enjoy the process... sooo worth it!

Dee said...

Truly a work of love! I so admire the way you put colors together and this top is another favorite of mine that you have created! Keep up the good work! I love that therapy is included~lol

Anorina (Samelias Mum) said...

Absolutely beautiful stitching. It will be amazing when it's all finished.

Margaret said...

beautiful

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Gorgeous quilting on your beautiful quilt Cathy!

Judith Tischmacher said...

I really love your quilt and especially the quilting. I must remember this!

Oops-Lah said...

Oh my goodness, that's a lot of stitching. But it's going to look spectacular. What a clever idea.

Susie said...

This quilting looks absolutely amazing!! I love hand quilting myself and would relish this also. It looks lovely.

pandchintz said...

Oh, what fun!! And it looks fab too. Enjoy! (You WILL get there!! x)

Cardygirl said...

It just looks beautiful...I love the texture of your kantha style stitching...you are more patient than me!

Sarah said...

OMG Cathy! It's soooooo beautiful!! The quilting really makes it incredibly special. xx

Siobhán said...

I've never heard of kantha anything so had to do a google search. How interesting! Your stitches are fantastic, both with the applique and the quilting, and I love your choices for fabrics. What an heirloom!

Kirsty said...

I'm very lucky to have seen You working on this. It is stunning. Happy stitching. X Kirst

audrey said...

Your stitching is looking fabulous and you're so right. Hand stitching is very soothing and rewarding.:)

kim mclean said...

Love the quilting Cathy, the quilt is looking marvellous! K

Tatkis said...

Such a beautiful quilt, and your quilting is fantastic!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Pinkadot Quilts said...

This is such a gorgeous quilt and the quilting is going to make it even better. I applaud your patience in hand quilting it!

Dixie said...

Fascinating - love this post! Just gorgeous!

Teresa said...

Yippee! Keep pushing onward...you have a real lovely here!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

ranette said...

Ahhh-mazing!! There is nothing about this quilt that I don't love, love, love! The stitching is perfect....keep going!

Catherine said...

I have just discovered your blog and your magnificent interpretation of this flower garden quilt with the strip pieced background.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!
Catherine from Dallas

Carla said...

I can't even begin to say how much i admire this lovely! I wish that could reach out and touch it!!

Kellie said...

Love how you have chosen to quilt this Cathy, looks fabulous!

Dominique said...

Wow! just... WOW! gorgeous!

Donna Laster said...

Beautiful quilt can't wait to see it when it is done.