I am slowly progressing with the quilting on this one. I think I'm about a quarter done so far - I started off with a band of handquilting, then switched to do some by machine and have now gone back to the hand quilting. Part of the problem with my machine quilting is that I have to keep re-adjusting my basting which is rather annoying (as I obviously did such an atrocious job of it in the first instance!) But it's all fine - although I can't wait to see this quilt finished, I am determined to take my time and not rush on with it. So it is slow. Much like everything else around here at the moment. We seem to be in another, rather deep slump home-ed wise at the moment. I won't bore you with all the details, looking back over my blog this past year I have seen that it has been very much like a yo-yo - up one minute and down the next, so I'm sure we'll soon be on the up again. Thank goodness the sun has come out, eh? Let's hope it hangs around for a while.
Well, my photography is clearly not improving, as I am finding it impossible to get decent fabric shots lately, so this will have to do! I just wanted to show you the finished backing for the pearl bracelets quilt, as I think I love this as much as, if not more than the front! I don't normally go in for thinking up clever names for my quilts (as I am rubbish at it) - but I am thinking of calling this Backwards or Rewind or something, (any other suggestions welcome!) as I've done it all so back to front. I so enjoyed putting this backing together, I just pulled out a load of fabrics and started cutting and sewing, I wanted it to look quite random. I recently borrowed Cassandra Ellis's book, Quilt Love, from the library and she uses this style of piecing a lot - she calls it freestyle and I think it is pretty much my style too! The batting has been ordered and I am really looking forward to quilting this one. Although I struggled a bit with the hand quilting on my last quilt, I think I want to use a combination of quite intensive hand and machine quilting on this one. I've been admiring Kantha quilts lately (a term I have only recently come across) and, whilst I don't think I could manage a whole quilt in that style, I would like to incorporate a little bit of it, and then do the rest on the machine. Watch this space...
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