I’ve not managed as much as I had hoped on my seaside quilt, I’ve been concentrating more on my Peppermint Purple blackwork, trying to get that finished. Both of these are perfect for sitting in front of the TV on an evening with my OH.
The seaside quilt is a design from the book of the same name by Kathryn Whittingham, it’s hand embroidered on raw edge applique. The book is available from Kathryn’s website, Patchwork Katy, (together with her Cottage Garden quilt book, my favourite quilt ever!) I’m quilting it with the clam shell shape, which started off as waves in the sea, but really shells are just as apt. It’s a nice rhythmic shape to quilt, I mark the semi-circles with small dots from a silver gel pen, I like using that as it shows just as well on dark as well as light fabrics. The picture blocks are quilted just under 1/4″ round the inside, hopefully that will be enough.
Three weeks ago I’d quilted about a quarter of the quilt…
I’m probably now just about a third quilted, so not much further, but not bad for a couple of evenings work. Last night I was quilting up by the lighthouse again. I started here as it’s in the middle and originally I was quilting round each rectangular border. I soon decided to just continue the clamshells across the border so last night I pulled out the first bit of quilting I did round the light house border and replaced it with clam shells.
I’m using a quilting hoop that’s mounted on a base, I think it’s called a lap hoop or a table hoop, I find it works best for me as the base makes an open working area underneath which I find helpful for the hand that’s working from the back, and the risk of catching the wrong bit of fabric is reduced!
I haven’t quite decided how to quilt the pair of stars at the bottom right (and the top left) The clam shell won’t work there as the triangles are a different size. I might just go round the inside of the picture block and stitch in the ditch round the stars. Last time I was also pondering how to quilt the border, I was quite taken with Kate Chiconi’s idea of wavy lines to look like the ripples on the beach, so I think that’s another decision made, thanks Kate 🙂
Hopefully next time I share this quilt I’ll have made a bit more progress. I’m enjoying the hand quilting and it’s such a happy quilt to work on!
Hand Quilt Along Links
This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Kathy, Margaret, Deb, Nanette, Sharon, Karrin, Daisy and Theresa
I’m also linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday.
It’s looking gorgeous. I’m a huge fan of both the overall clamshell as a background texture, and the organic wavy line or ripple look. Both add a beautiful textural element without distracting from the colourwork, which is fabulous here.
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Thanks Kate, I’m definitely a convert to the clamshell quilters 🙂
clam shells, totally in keeping with the theme ^^
Your quilt is beautiful. Your colors and color placements are perfect. I like your ideas on quilting. Looking so pretty! Hugs
Love your quilt, and love the clamshell quilting! Great work!
Clam Shell is perfect for this beautiful quilt. The ripple effect sounds in keeping with the quilt as well. It’s looking gorgeous!
Looking beautiful with that clam shell pattern.
This quilt is so, so charming! You have done a fantastic job with it all.😍 I really like my lap hoop also … I like that I can pick it up and sit with it wherever.
It is looking fabulous, the clams work really well,
I am really loving the clamshell design on this, Margaret!
What an amazing quilt and you are hand quilting it – awesome!
Oh what a lovely way to put it – ‘such a happy quilt to work on’. It’s so good to work with something you enjoy rather than something that becomes a chore! Love the shells – and impressed by the neatness of the stitches.
This is my favourite of all your quilts. Looking forward to seeing it finished.