Sunday, September 27, 2015

Oh, Gosh! I Should Clean the Guest Room More Often.



Oh, gosh! Look what I found upstairs in the guest bedroom on top of the wardrobe with some finished quilts.  Who hid it up there?  Hmmmm...   I guess it's a good thing I had company and freshened up the guest room.  (Who knows what treasures I have hidden from myself all over the house. Treasure hunt, anyone?)


I started making this in 2011. I finished the top in 2012. And I started hand quilting it in Jan. 2013 but I didn't get very far and then I evidently hid it from myself. Hmmmm...   (I was calling this bird brains since it features birds in most the snowballs but we can see who the real bird brain is here).  It is also one of the few quilts I've made with a border and I even tried prairie points to boot. But, where did that lime green come from? I really despise lime green.  That explains all of those lime green scraps now! 



This was the first quilt I started quilting with regular thread (not perle).  Back then I used no thimble or hoop.  I got as far as stitching diagonally through all of the nine patches with an X.  (I'm talking about the dark squares.  I just added those Xs in the light patches last night).   I remember it was very difficult to hand quilt because I used some batik on the back and it sure doesn't needle like butter. 


The snowballs have a flower motif I traced with a stencil. 


This really wasn't up next in my hand quilting queue since I finished hand quilting Petunias but it's started, been pinned and my body doesn't feel like it should get down on the floor to pin baste any other quilt so away we go hand quilting this one. 


That batik back and you can see how much I already previously quilted. 

So, I guess I'll do some Slow Sunday (and Monday and Tuesday and...) for awhile on this thing.  I think it is Queen-sized. 



18 comments:

sophie said...

Do you suppose you hid it from yourself because of that lime green you despise? I am sure someone will love it. All those bird fabrics are wonderful. When I see your quilts I always think that your stash must really be something ...

Donna said...

Those are some beautiful hand stitches! I like how bright and cheerful this quilt is.

gayle said...

Hey, it's already practically done, right? ;)
And it's looking like a bright fun project as we head into fall. Enjoy!

Jeanna said...

That is a gorgeous quilt, a treasure for sure. I do not hand quilt but admire those who have the skills.

---"Love" said...

I've tucked away (lost!) a few things myself, but what a great find you made! That lime green gives it a special spark! I bet you'll love it when you get it finished! ---"Love"

Kaja said...

I wish I could find some ready pinned quilts hidden away! I love the bird fabrics in this one.

The Cozy Quilter said...

Very pretty and I love the lime green!!!

Deb A said...

So nice to find a half completed quilt when you needed something to work on. Have you tried board basting a quilt? You can google it with Sharon Schamber and it works great without hurting the back. Batiks are terrible to needle through... good luck.

Quilter Kathy said...

I do that too... it's amazing what you can find in your closets! LOL
And you've already done so much quilting... this will go really fast now!

Ivani said...

Good you find it, give it a chance, it is beautiful and the hand quilting makes it much more special. Have a wonderful week. See you next Slow Sunday Stitching. Hugs

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

That's like reaching into your coat pocket and finding 20.00 from the previous year or something! :)

Ellen said...

It really is fabulous...I don't think I would ever have forgotten about it. I think the lime green is a wonderful addition to the quilt.

audrey said...

Wow! Wish I could find an 'almost' finished quilt hiding out in one of my bedrooms.:) lol Love the lime green. It's very sparky!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh wow! What a wonderful find since you just finished Petunias just in time for Slow Stitching Sunday!

Vic in NH said...

A real beauty to get done and the quilting look wonderfully even and smooth!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I adore lime green!! And I love the birds.

The mix of colors in this are gloriously happy . . . AND the back is purple (one of my absolute go-to colors).

(hint ... hint ... giggle)

Julierose said...

Oh that is funny--I hide my stuff that didn't come out like i hope on hangers in the spare closet! I have one scrap quilt that i may use as backing for my RSC big blocks...we'll see....I am glad you found yours, as it looks great to me...hugs, Julierose

thecraftyyak said...

It's beautiful and the lime green makes it pop! I just finished a little UFO as it is a waste of fabric to leave these things in bags. Mine's not great but the cat loves to sleep on it already! Yours is worthy of more than that, in fact if you really don't like it - I could always send you my address....