Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pilgrim's Progress

Though I have never read that book, the title often crosses my mind when projects are at a slow creep.  Still, they are getting done!  First up, the Bear's Paw project, my #10 for Judy's UFO Challenge.

The other day I posted that something organic would have to happen in the borders of the quilt. Well, this was the first attempt.  Too small, too fussy.  An hour's break and more thought produced a keeper:

Ah, much better!  Simple and classic scallops.

My primitive hand quilting aside...

...I've enjoyed getting this little project done.  It will not end up a pillow, however.  I've decided to coapt the pillow backing from the kit for binding and keep it as a mini, for my "someday" mini quilt gallery.

Next, the edict from DD Erica for taking home her finished pillows after her return to CA next weekend resulted in more handwork:

More stitching has been completed since this photo, and one more pillow front will need to be embroidered.  In the meantime, I have been studying up on pillow construction techniques using covered cording and zippers in a terrific comprehensive sewing book I have, from Reader's Digest, no less.  More progress to follow--and definitely a finish for the UFO #10 before the deadline!

11 comments:

Shay said...

The scallops look terrific Annie.

Compared to my hand quilting (which I have never even attempted ) yours doesnt look at all primitive. It has character.

Keep working on those projects -Im sure you'll do wonders!

*karendianne. said...

Friend, I absolutely love and adore your primitive hand quilting. The entire piece is divine. Very very appealing. YOu're really good with those embroidering stitches, too. I'm really starting to get more and more convinced that your talent actually seriously and for real... knows no bounds. That is to say - if you want to do it - you'll do it and in fine fashion!

Kate said...

Great hand quilting. Definitely inspired quilting in the borders. Good luck with the pilllows!

Michele said...

Your handwork is beautiful........I love the look of it :) What a lovely quilt! It looks like you have gotten so much done too! I'm so excited to see how your pillows look when you are done.....the work you have done so far is outstanding :)

Barb said...

Yes, I love your handwork.....

Quilter Kathy said...

Loved seeing your handquilting! It's something you don't see very often in blogland and it's my favorite. You did a fabulous job!

Darlene said...

The handquilting and handwork you're doing is wonderful.

Marti said...

Your handwork is beautiful and your quilting looks great to me. As much as I admire the machine quilting patterns, I love hand quilting.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Nothing is as good as hand quilting.

Kathie said...

the quilting looks great, don't be so hard on yourself!
hand quilting these little ones is just fun!
Kathie

Tanya said...

Are you quilting on those pretty pillows? Or is that backstitching? It looks so perfect!