Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Prayer Quilt quilting

Last updated here.

I know it's been almost two weeks since I updated about this quilt, but I have been working on it, and I've been making good progress!  My son has had a cold and sinus infection for the past 10 days, and then I got the cold and then the sinus infection too, so my available time and energy to work on the quilt have been feast or famine.

Being so pregnant (36 weeks now) has also made the quilting process more difficult.  I have a lot more back/hip/leg pain this time around, so sitting at the sewing table for an hour or more at a time adds a lot of pain to my day.  Plus my big belly gets in the way a lot, pinning the quilt to the table, the baby kicking the table, and I have to lean over the table a lot more than is comfortable/ergonomic.  I'm not complaining (well, maybe a little about the pain, but not about the quilting!), just stating the difficulties that pregnancy can add to putting together a quilt.

Anyway, here's a few teaser photos (too close to being finished to give away the best parts ;-)!

These are the two extra blocks from the front of the quilt (we had made 32, but I ended up needing only 30).  The fabrics are from a person that sent a large pile of fabric, and I assure you that person has a block on the quilt (they didn't get left out!).  I put them together like this to create a tester for trying out new quilting methods and designs.  Not sure what I'll do with it when I'm done.  Pillow?  Mini quilt?  Wall hanging?  Place mat?

I chose this block because it shows a sample of the cream, black and purple thread I'm using to quilt with.  I used black to quilt in the ditch around everything (I used cream for a couple of blocks), and purple for accent/filler quilting.  Each block has a different pattern/design of purple.  I was a little unsure of how it would look, but once I started I knew it was perfect.  It's subtle, yet stunning, in my opinion.

All I have left for the quilting is the purple thread on the smaller, border blocks.  Then I'll trim/square the quilt, bind it, wash it, photograph it, and I'm DONE.  Woo, I'm so close I can taste it!

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