Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Invisible But Effective

I'm back! I've been under the weather with a virus, but I think I'm finally starting to get better now. I didn't even set foot in the sewing room for a week. That's got to be a record for me!

Before I got sick I was working on FMQing my green & white quilt. While I had the machine and table set up for free motion work, I decided to work on my Pickle dish quilt. All the SID work and outlining the rings is done; the next step is to stipple in all the background areas. Here's how it looked with the rings done:

Stippling the background areas isn't hard, it's just a lot of starts and stops. Plus I still don't have much energy, and wrestling this quilt under the needle is tiring. I've been able to get four of the big diamond centers and several of the "eyes" done.

I'm using dark green thread to match the background of the floral print. The quilting hardly shows up, but it provides great texture. You have to look closely to even see the quilting.

The diamond areas are big, about 13" point-to-point and 5-1/2" side to side, much too large to leave them unquilted. The stippling flattens the background and allows the rings to pop. It does add stiffness and diminishes the overall drapiness of the quilt, but that's okay.

As you can see in the top photo, there's a lot of area that needs to be stippled, so it'll take me awhile. No rush. This quilt has been in the works for about 18 months now, with progress each month. However long it takes, it'll be worth it. This quilt is for me to keep.

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  1. Your quilt is looking good! My hubby had that virus, was seriously ill for a week and then felt puny for two more weeks! Luckily I didn’t catch it!

  2. I must put this on my list of tops to make in the future. Your version is just delightful!

  3. Hoping you feel stronger and more energetic soon -- this has been quite the season for feeling poorly all over the country!

  4. Sorry you've been ill, definitely not fun. Looks like you've made good progress on your pickle dish quilt. It's a stunning quilt.

  5. Hope you are feeling better now . . . and that you will continue to improve!

    When you first started this quilt, I thought you were crazy. However, as you continued, I liked it more ... and more.... and more .. and I've discovered I was the crazy one!!!!! This is absolutely beautiful!!! I love everything about it. Congratulations!!!

    1. Thank you, Lynne -
      You are a no-reply commenter so I can't reply to you directly, but I do appreciate your kind comments.

  6. I am glad you are recovering; I've been sick more this winter than for many years past and having the energy to do quilting can take a while to build back up. The quilting texture is going to be worth it and I am happy to hear this one will be for you to enjoy and keep.