Sunday, May 24, 2020

A Li'l Sweet Sunday Quilting

A lovely hello to all you lovely lovelies♥ 'Tis late Sunday afternoon here and later this evening I am going to settle down and enjoy a little hand quilting while I watch TV. My Sweet Sunday quilt top is finished. Yay! This week I have been stitching little hexies to the border. I decided these sweet little  six-sided polygons (this I do remember from my school days) would skip around the edge in a straight line. Because I am  mathematically challenged and could not, would not, did not calculate precisely between each hexie; I just butted them up to each other and crossed my fingers and toes that the space at the end of each row was of a smilar distance. Quite incredibly, believe it or not, it worked! I simply found the centre (back in the day, the concept of symmetry sunk into my brainpan) and just worked outwards to the end. I suppose the moral to this tale is to work out all those detailed, impossible mathematical measurements to the nth degree  before one embarks on a quilting adventure; or indeed follow the pattern; but truly, where is the fun in that. =)  As always I merrily dived head first into my sweet Liberty fabrics and kinda made it up as I went along. That's how I roll.

I found the embroidered flounce to have a lot of little puckers as I stitched the hexies to it and I know these will not disappear as I quilt, but I guess I will just have to live with it. I suppose, I will yet again have to adopt the attitude of satisfactionism and not perfectionism. Oh, the botheration of quilting!

For the backing I couldn't find a fabric that would play happily with my Liberty hexies. I could've bought metres and metres of Liberty fabric but at $50 per metre this was not an option. Instead I bought a blue bed sheet. I know a tad boring, but as this quilt is for me and no-one really looks at the back (except you of course) it will just have to do. I hunted for an all-over Liberty-like fabric dancing with flowers but could not find any. So 'plain Jane' it is. I would have preferred a busy, ditsy floral so that all those imperfect quilting stitches that I know will appear more often than not, would be hidden in the busy print. Now ALL my quilting imperfections and sins will be laid bare for all to see. I deliberated muchly over how to quilt this pretty, deciding upon simply quilting around each large hexie. With all my embroideries I am of the thought that this would look best. Again, the KISS method of quilting is to be the order of my day.




My Liberty stash has been decimated to a messy jumble of smidgens of scraps. 'Tis a bit sad really as they did look rather lovely in all their togetherness. I will save these itty bitty, slivers of fabrics for a sunny day when I fashion another Liberty inspired pretty. 


But for now, I will sandwich the quilt together, place it in my quilting frame and begin the begin..... a little imperfect handquilting. Yes indeedy, a rather pleasant evening of slow stitching. Ain't life grand! Thank you for popping by my little place. I do hope you are all keeping well. May your day be a cheery one, sprinkled with sunshine and snippets of beauty♥

Until the next time............



Linking up this week to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching and
Frederique's Quilting Patchwork Applique

59 comments:

  1. Oh wow it's beautiful and I can't see any imperfections it looks quite perfect to me, the embroidered flowers bring the whole thing together it's quite lovely, enjoy your hand quilting. xx

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  2. You are a "A+" student ;) Your quilt is gorgeous and I love your edge !!!!! Different and so original ! Good job Miss Kim :)
    Have a cozy and safe week !
    Hug
    Anna

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  3. Maths don't like me either, so I can entirely understand the way you feel ;) I love how your hexies are all together, and this little embroidered floral border is just so sweet. And you are right, nobody has the idea to look the backing, except us ;))
    Thank you for linking your beautiful and sweet quilt!

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  4. Hi KimYour quilt is so, so pretty. Good luck with the quilting, it looks like a vey big quilt. Can’t wait to see what you start next.
    Best wishes Kay c XX

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    1. Hello lovely Kay♥ This is a queen size quilt. Another big quilt to hand quilt. I too wonder what pretty I will fashion next. =) Thank you for popping by. Have a beautiful week, lovely Kay. Kim Xx

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  5. This is beautiful! Math and I aren't friends either and just jumping is the way I start many a project. I hope your sheet isn't a high thread count, that would hand quilt hard. What type of batting are you using? Have a lovely week quilting!

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  6. oh Kim... your flimsy is amazing and probably in the frame and considered a quilt top now... I am sew excited you finished but sad not to see Liberty fabrics next week... wait .. I will when you show your quilting off!! YAY I love that embroidery on your outer border and I'm excited for how you plan to layer it too.. what batting you have planned for this lovely flimsy... so beautiful.. you will want to snuggle that backing as you enjoy the top when done!
    Kathi

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  7. What a lovely and so sweet quilt.Liberty fabrics and embroideries, a good choice.
    Good luck with the quilting
    Hug from France
    Marie-Francoise

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    1. Liberty fabrics and embroideries are the best of friends, aren't they. Thank you for your sweet visit and lovely comments Marie-Francoise. Your visit has delighted my day. Kim Xx

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  8. The embroidery on the border is like icing on the cake for your hexagon quilt! Can't wait to see what those quilting stitches bring this one alive!

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  9. What a unique quilt project. That is going to be SEW lovely when quilted and bound!!

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  10. Absolutely adorable and beautiful...Made me smile!I would love to see it on your(my...???lol!)bedroom.Congratulations on your great artwork!

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    1. Thank you, lovely Maristella. This sweet quilt makes me smile, too. Kim Xx

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  11. This quilt is a work of art! Congratulations of finishing the top.

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  12. Love, love, love your gorgeous quilt! It will be breathless to view when finished. So kind of you to share your creative journey with us. Can't wait to see it finished. The back being plain will then never conflict with the front -- it will let the front be brilliant and glow indeed.

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    1. Thank you so much for delighting me with your lovely visit and sweet comments. Aah yes, the back certainly will not be competing with the front. My hand quilt is something much to be desired. =) Try as I may, my quilting stitches just will not march behind one another in a straight line....but I will keep practising. Kim Xx

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  13. Your top is gorgeous, love it! And your lovely pictures make me smile as always! Hope you have a great week Kim!

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  14. Oh, my goodness! It is divine! I love how ingeniously you have put those hexies into the white frame!! A true feast for the eyes! Wishing you a lovely Sunday, Kim!

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  15. El resultado es muy bonito Kim, y la trasera en azul será el cielo y las puntadas "imperfectas" serán pequeñas estrellas. BESICOS.

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  16. How fabulous and beautiful your work of art quilt is, Kim! I love how you just go for it and it all works out. The border is so lovely!! The KISS method sounds perfect. Happy Stitching! ❤️

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  17. Your work is always so beautiful! You have made such a wonderful job of assembling this together, and now onto the quilting phase, well done! I always love seeing your beautifully styled photos, so pretty.

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  18. Hi Kim, what a lovely, lovely quilt. I'm sure that a plain backing will be fine. It will be full of outlined hexies, so that should be great. I hope that you enjoyed your Sunday stitching! Take care.

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  19. The flowered flounce is perfect for Liberty hexie quilt! I'm glad the borders worked out. Putting a quilt together is like a math story problem. Certainly, you will enjoy your slow stitching on this lovely flowery delight. May I comment on how inspiring your floral fabric is displayed with clothespins perfectly coordinated with each other and aligned. Liberty smidgens of scraps are worthy of such a pretty glass container.

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  20. So pretty, and made even prettier by your lovely photos! A jar full of Liberty scraps would be fun to have decorating your sewing room, too.

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  21. Your quilt is so beautiful! I am glad the math worked out for it. That is the method I would have chosen too! I look forward to seeing your quilting on it.

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  22. Very beautiful, in a romantic sort of way!!!

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  23. Oh Kim let me tell you that my math skills aren't the best, I took enough math in High School just to pass the requirements for graduation and nothing more :) You have done an outstanding job on your gorgeous border, love what you came up with. I know your stitching will be just fine no matter what the fabric you have for the back. I do hope you enjoyed your evening of quilting away this lovely creation of yours!

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  24. So, so beautiful dear Kim. How lovely it looks with the dappled light coming through it too. You are so clever my friend & what beauty you fashion with your clever hands. I too am mathematically challenged ... my maths teacher - when he realised how hopeless I was - let me sit at the back of the class so long as I did not disturb anyone. He would certainly not get away with it these days but I did not mind one single bit. Happy new week to you my dear friend xx

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  25. Another masterpiece! (No pun intended). I love how the border turned out - and no need for math! That’s one of the parts of quilting that gives me the most stress. Now you can relax while you quilt and enjoy the rest of the process. Beautiful job, dear Kim!

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  26. Absolutely lovely! :-) The flowers, the fabrics, the design of it all... sweet!

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  27. There are no superlatives left to describe this delightful confection so I'll just echo everyone else. Another heirloom in the making.
    Pat

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  28. So beautiful... I love the creative border!
    Enjoy your hand stitching!

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  29. Oh, what a perfectly delightful and beautiful quilt! I just love it! I am glad it is for you.

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    1. Thank you so much, Mary. I am rather glad this pretty is for me too. Kim Xx

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  30. Kim, your quilts are all beautiful. This is lovely. You even make scraps look beautiful. Love the sunlight in the photos. Your autumn is definitely setting in.

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    1. Thank you, lovely Rita. Yes, Autumn has definitely set in and is ushering the way for Old Man Winter to take over. It's getting decidedly chilly down here. At least my sweet quilt will keep me warm as I hand quilt away. Thank you for popping by. Hope you are enjoying a beautiful, summery week. Kim Xx

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  31. Oh, Kim, it's just gorgeous! My only attempt at making a quilt was almost 20 years ago when I made a lot cabin from cheap polycotton, gingham and 4oz wadding ( I did a post on it last February '19 ) It's still going strong, but I don't think it's something I would attempt again. Best, Jane x

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  32. Your hexagon quilt is so romantic and beautiful! So lucky that it fit perfectly with the hexagons around the quilt. Love to see the pictures you share.:-)

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  33. WOW your quilt is absolutely stunning. I'm mathematically challenged too and favour the "keep going and hope for the best" method! I make small 36" x 36" lap quilts.

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  34. What imperfections? The quilt is gorgeous. Have a lovely week.
    Marion

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    1. Oh, there are a few, Marion, but I will learn to live with them. =) I have started quilting and thus far my pretty is taking to my stitching quite happily. Thank you for popping by and delighting me with your visit. Have a fabulous, lovely lady. Kim Xx

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  35. This is such a treasure, Kim, and so sweet and charming with all the pretty fabrics and bits of vintage embroidery! The border is so pretty with all the applique' flowers and hexagon's! I can't imagine any imperfections, but if there are any, it proves this lovely quilt was made by hand. I've done some small quilting projects and made one baby quilt and that's my resume':) Someday I hope to make a full size quilt, but I'm not betting the farm on it. Haha! Your pretty quilt will be so wonderful to snuggle up with! Sending hugs xo Karen

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  36. That quilt is beautiful. I do not think there are any imperfections. I love your quilts. Have a pleasant and peaceful week.
    Marilyn

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    1. I am having a wonderfully peaceful week, Marilyn, enjoying hand quilting this pretty. There are a few imperfections, but that is the essence of a quilt fashioned by hand, isn't it. Hoping you are enjoying a pleasant week, too. Kim Xx

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  37. It does look gorgeous Kim and the border works perfectly. I would want to cross hatch quilt the border which maybe would help lose the fullness. Anyway, its stunning and have fun with the quilting - for me its the bit that brings the quilt to life. xx

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  38. You have added to your beautiful collection of quilts. You have a nice hand quilting project to get you through your Autumn and Winter? How enjoyable will that be to have all the lovely flower prints to keep you cozy and warm.

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    1. Sandra, I am looking forward to snuggling under this pretty as I quilt it through the winter months. Winter is the season to enjoy hand quilting, isn't it. Thank you for your sweet visit, lovely lady. Kim Xx

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  39. SO GORGEOUS! What a colorful work of art!
    I know of one place that sells Liberty here. I must go there when it isn't too difficult to do so.
    I love the colors you choose!

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  40. Everyone will be so thrilled looking at the top, they will not be counting the stitches. Congratulations on a top well done.

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  41. I am always amazed at how quickly you complete a flimsy top and how quickly you hand-quilt. Then, they always turn out beautifully. Hmmm, your quilting will show up more on the solid blue but really, can your hand quilting be that awful - I'm sure not. Kim, your quilts do make me smile and (lol) so does your talk of 'winter'. Have a warm day and enjoy your quilting.

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  42. this one is a true beauty...but honestly, they all are. i have never seen a boarder decorated and sewn in that way...

    i know you are heading into winter, time to quilt and time to use them to keep warm!!! a few imperfections is wonderful, you will always be able to recognize it as your own!!!

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  43. Your quilt is an amazing beauty and you have to sandwich it and handquilting is such a huge job, we follow your quilting. All the tiny little stitches makes this again a queen of art.

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  44. Kim - I am proud of you for focusing on satisfactionism rather than perfectionism. Something I am working on, so thanks for the inspiration. Beautiful stitching, and so glad you can still use your garden as your photo studio!

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  45. A thought! Yes, I know - painful process. Anyway....you mentioned some 'wavies' and not being overly enthralled with the plain blue backing. Any chance you have enough bits left to make a few more hexxies and then 'scatter' them on the back here and there to add interest?? (don't shoot the messenger!). As for using math - heaven forbid! Quite obviously NOT my forte as I spend over two hours trying to balance a bank account the other day. That's bad enough, but I used to work in a bank and STILL can't balance. Yikes! And...doesn't everyone make things up as they go? (ps - I do adore your latest pretty!).

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  46. Kim - I find it very attractive that the edge of the quilt has some clear space - it brings out the beauty of the center of the quilt and the hexies around the edge! Lovely.

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