Monday, October 27, 2008

Mailbag

I made a trip to the post office today to send out a few swap packages. First, the easy lap quilt for the bend-the-rules swap. My fellow swapper chose the fabric, but the layout and quilting are all mine. I like the simplicity of this pattern, and it really was quite easy. To complement the linear design, I channel quilted lines parallel to the strips. I also hand-quilted a number of asterisk-ish designs in three of the bars in cream pearl cotton. Hand-quilting is hard! I found it very difficult to emulate the rocking motion that everyone speaks of. I think this may have been because the pearl cotton is so thick. It took quite a tug to get it through the layers of fabric and batting. I would love to hear any hints on quilting with this type of cotton if you havy any! Here's the handquilting: Hand Quilting Here is the front: Easy lap quilt - front Here is the back: Easy lap quilt- back I also sent out the blocks for the about.com birthday block swap: peggy asked for a butterfly block: Butterfly block stacy asked for a batik star block. another paper-pieced beauty! New Star Block

5 comments:

DoulaMomma said...

that first quilt is stunning - I love when the old fashioned art of quilting is used in a clean, modern way!

Adrienne said...

Your swap quilt is gorgeous!

mrmonkeysuit said...

You did a great job on all of them but I really love the BTR quilt. It looks fabulous and the hand quilting looks fine to me. I always have a hard time with it so I'm afraid I don't have any tips for you there.

Dani said...

Ummm you're crazy. don't you have two babies and a moving day coming up? But a certain sister in NZ does wish she had a nice something to snuggle with. And don't try to pawn Tilda's sheepskin off on me... we've got plenty of sheep around here.

drizzle said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the BEAUTIFUL quilt. It is wonderful and my favorite swap item ever. You did a magnificent job and I just love it! =]

PS. Your quilt it on the way, but not nearly as pretty as mine. ;)