Friday, November 26, 2010

How to quilt the old fashioned way Part 2

Sorry it's taken so long to get to the end of my little demo.

 So, here's the quilt and this is as far as I could reach comfortably to quilt. As you can see, I have decided to just echo quilt the nine patch in the lower right corner. Now, I have to start rolling.

Before I can roll the quilt, I have to take out the pins along the side. The ones on the end (that hold the quilt to the board) stay put.

Both sets of pins have to come out but only as far as you are going to roll. By both sets I mean the pins holding the backing and the pins holding the top - and also from both sides.

All pins have been taken out.

Now the C-clamps have to come off the side you are about to roll.

When you are working on a bigger, full-sized quilt, it helps to have an extra pair of hands. This was not difficult because it really was a small quilt.

Now start to roll the board under - keeping the tension as even as you can.

Keep rolling.

This is as far as I can roll.

Put the C-clamps back on and keep on quilting. Normally, I would work from both ends and would therefore, roll the quilt from both ends toward the middle.

I didn't use any templates or rulers for the lines. I just eyeballed them. I didn't take any stitches out if they were too big, I just carried on.

And here it is all completed. Gee's Bend Revisited has been renamed Freedom. There was total freedom in putting all the pieces together and total freedom in the quilting. Once I took it off the frame, I couldn't believe the amount of quilting that was in it. Kind of overkill I thought.

And now on to the Champagne Quilters.

This is half of one of the plain blocks quilted. I wanted to wait to show you all the whole block quilted but since this is as far as Marg could reach to quilt and it now has to be turned. Therefore, the whole block will not be shown fully quilted - yet.

This is the little filler pattern that will be going into those odd spots that just need some quilting.

Here's the whole of one side totally channel quilted. Next week the other side should be finished. We have already taken two turns on both ends of the quilt so it seems to be going along nicely.

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  1. I love seeing the process of your hand quilting on Gee's Bend revisited. Thank you! It looks wonderful...

  2. Your hand quilting make this quilt sing!! Just lovely!!

  3. Thank you for showing how it works! I have only used a hoop for hand quilting and never seen a frame in action! Freedom looks great.

  4. Wow, I'm impressed. Good 'eyeballing'!

  5. Oh my goodness I love this little quilt - SO beautiful! I must try something like this. Your quilting is amazing - there is no way I could eyeball that.
    Love the quilting on the other one too!

  6. Great work Dolores! I'm a big 'fan' of hand quilting, especially freehand.

  7. Hi Dolores,

    I enjoyed seeing your post and how quilting should be.
    Thank you for sharing and your visit.
    Love the new blog header and hope that you have a happy weekend


  8. Love the top quilt, it speaks to me of utility and function, exactly what i love about quilts.

  9. ah, you have inspired me to go off and pick up some fabric and my needle and thread!


  10. So that is how it is all done!!! Thank you so much for your 2 posts about it all Dolores!!! I will definitely be filing the links to them for future use... 8-)
    I look forward to seeing the one you Champagne Quilters are working on done... /How often do you all work on it?
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. You have PATIENCE! I would throw my hands up the first two inches I am sure! I hope you have good music to listen to as you quilt!

  12. Hi Dolores,
    I love your quilt. Nice to see some of us still do the hand quilting. It is the only way for me..


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