Over the River

Well I had time this week to quilt a few of my own….so EXCITING!

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I was really wanting to get this one quilted because I love it….but I was intimidated by it. I think because it took me forever and a day to get all of the hand stitching done…. (only because I wasn’t dedicated to working on it) …..I just really wanted it to be special. But I was stumped. So I did take inspiration from my friend Jane to quilt it.

Oh first if you need pattern details you can get the pattern here.  It is called “Over the River”. I did change the saying in the center panel because it didn’t suit our family. I want to hang this in my house during the winter season. I decided to put in a quote from Little Women. I love the Little Women series. I have read the books and watched several versions of the movies…. so the quote I used was “The power of finding Beauty in the humblest of things makes home happy and life lovely” then I sketched out a little tree with the year I started the project…in hindsight I maybe should have put the year I finished it…..but oh well. It is what it is.

I think the pictures are difficult to see and they don’t do the quilt justice ( which happens more than not) IMG_9982

I am  also hard on myself…..so I am hoping that after I fold it away for a bit I won’t see all of my flaws in the quilting. I felt like my movements were not smooth and as relaxed as usual…so the whole quilt was a struggle. Sometimes when I force myself to focus it makes everything worse. So I feel like it’s noticeable in my final product…especially because in many areas the thread is high contrast…so it doesn’t blend. Venus ( my machine) also broke down during the course of this…and then I had tension issues …so I did a lot of ripping out…which doesn’t make you relax at all. So again ->it is what it is.  Just because it looks like a drunk person quilted it doesn’t mean anything…LOL. In this type of situation….I focus on the fact that I did complete it and the hand stitching is really what I love about it anyway.

So here are some photos of the hand stitched panels:

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The top one is my favorite one. It is what inspired my quote…..the whole scene just reminded me of Little Women…the cobble stone bridge..the horse & Sleigh ect. I am not sure why…..it just did. It’s just one of those things floating in my brain.

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The center stars and  quote. One of my blocks is off on one side…can you see that? I got a new sewing machine and I am adjusting to a different seam allowance…I have recognized on a few projects. I seem to be taking a scant seam allowance on everything…so I need to figure that out. start measuring as I go so this doesn’t happen.

Here is the last panel:

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I created wind in the sky, texture in the snow filled plains….I tried to leave the embroidery alone….it needs to stand alone. 🙂 I quilted fans in the flying geese.Snowflakes in the center of each of the pieced blocks..ect.

Here is the back to show a bit more of the quilting that you can’t see from the front photos:

IMG_9981So I did use two layers of batting…except in the hand stitched panels there is actually 3 layers. Because when I draw out my embroidery designs I use batting as a stabilizer while stitching.  It gives the finished quilt a little more definition and I like the way the stitches kind of sink into it.

So I guess that’s that…….Have a blessed day!

Cahrisma

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