81 x 91
(Here it is fresh out of the washer and actually going to continue to hang on the line to dry even after I'm finished with the photo shoot. Electricity is expensive out here in the boondocks.)
I think this is one of my older UFOs. I see my earliest blog post was in August 2011.
I used the nine inch Patchwork Tulips block pattern at About.com
Over the years I managed to make 72 blocks out of 30s reproduction fabrics (or fabrics that seemed like 30s to me). I love 30s reproduction fabrics because they remind me of my grandmother's quilts.
I big stitched in Perle #8 which was whiter than the Kona Snow I used for the background so up close the white stitching kind of makes the background look dirty. I didn't find that out until I did some hand quilting outside in the sunshine. Well, that's the way it is.
I didn't mark anything (as you can probably tell).
I like to use Hobbs Heirloom Cotton Batting (80/ 20) for my hand quilted quilts. It is easiest for me to needle through and I like that it shrinks a little bit when washed which I think gives it a vintage look.
I usually use wide muslin for the backs of quilts that I make with 30s reproductions.
I'm glad this big quilt is finally finished. It's getting too hot to hand quilt. I don't have air conditioning and so covering myself with a big quilt to hand quilt it is not really a good idea these days. I'll have to find some other hand work for a few months.
Today I'm joining some others in a virtual quilting bee at Kathy's Quilts for some Slow Sunday Stitching (on what has yet to be determined now that I'm finished with this monstrosity).