Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Two Years and Still Quilting

I started the hand quilting on my BTCT Jan 1, 2013.  There was a hiatus of about 6 months while some changes were going on and then I got back to it.  There was a bit of stitching during the summer, but not a lot.  The Fall and Winter seem to be the best times to make progress and I'm looking forward to a lot of hand quilting in Jan and Feb.
The center with the most cross hatching done.

 A block I created and put into my quilt

Part of my bottom border.  I changed up the top and bottom borders and added a lot more to them. I wanted to pull some of the colors and elements from the quilt into the border so I added small grape clusters, some birds and flowers.

The top border is different from the bottom.  I added my initials and different flowers.  I didn't put any birds in this one, but there are small grape clusters and flowers to pull in the purples.

 The appliques have all been outline quilted, about 1/16" away from the pieces.  Cross hatching is 3/4" and I had it marked by Bellwether Quilting due to the size of my piece.

If I've repeated things in this post, sorry about that.  Just thought I'd give a view of my piece.  I know Lori from Humble Quilts is still stitching on hers this winter, along with Pat at Taylor's Outback.  Who else is still working on theirs.  I'd love to see where you are at.  Even after 2 years of quilting this mammoth of a quilt, I still LOVE it and I cannot wait to have it quilted, bound, washed and on my bed.  Maybe in 2016???



  1. It's really lovely, Sharon. Your personal touches and changes look marvelous. Wish I had started this when all of you did, but I haven't begun yet.

  2. Jump in Donna. We will cheer you on!

  3. Agree with Sharon - this quilt is very dear to me as yours is to each of you...just have to hunker down and dedicate time each day for the hand quilting. Want this on our bed by Christmas 2015.

    Donna - you will have to share your progress - it will take a special place in your heart.

  4. The quilting looks beautiful. it will all be worth it!!

  5. Very impressed with your quilt. I think you will have it finished quite soon. Now I feel like pulling mine out and working on it!

  6. I agree. This is a very special quilt. I started mine in June 2014. How can I become a contributor on this blog? I am a no-reply blogger.

  7. Sharon, you are doing a wonderful job on your quilt. I love that you have designed blocks to add. How large does this quilt get to? I saved the patterns but haven't looked at it for a while. Life sometimes gets in the way of my progress, G.