21 September 2017

Not so Big Stitch Quilting

I am really enjoying the hand quilting of Happy Days; I am using Aurifil 12wt thread and a crewel embroidery needle, which seem to be the perfect combination for me. I have been steadily stitching an hour or so a day and find that my stitches are quite even, and although larger than fine heirloom hand quilting, are not so big that they detract from the appliqué and piecing.

I have stitched from the middle to one corner and am slowly working towards the next...

12 September 2017

Hand Quilting Happy Days

You may remember that last year I worked on Sarah Fielke's BOM 'Happy Days' I used Liberty fabrics and loved every minute of it.

The only thing that I really didn't like about this quilt, was the bottom right Black Star block.  This was my first attempt at paper piecing and it didn't go well, the block turned out the wrong size, the points were a mess and all that Black!!! what was I thinking?

I really wanted that block done and finished with, and I convinced myself that it wasn't that bad, so I had the quilt machine basted by a long arm quilter and it has been sat waiting for the cooler weather so that I could quilt it. I bought some Aurifil 12 wt thread ready for Big stitch quilting

and watched Sarah's video several times explaining the technique.

I started with my favourite block

so far so good, but every time I took the quilt out to work on it, my eye was drawn to that black star and I knew I needed to replace it or I would never be happy with the quilt.
So ... I carefully unpicked it ...

no going back now...  and made a new star, with pointy points! in soft colours!!

and pined it in place, and slip stitched it down...

I really like this new block :)

It changes the look of the whole quilt

Can I just say, that replacing a block after the quilt has been basted and you have started to quilt, is a really STUPID idea and I don't recommend it!!
I was careful and took my time, but I was worried I would ruin everything.  I will spend a lot of time hand quilting this one and I knew I wouldn't be happy if I didn't swap out that block.  Next time I will listen to my head and replace any block that bothers me before assembling and basting the top!