Saturday, March 7, 2015

Half Done!



I've been stitching this in the evenings with black perle 8 thread.
At first I only stitched around the appliqué edges and pieced seams.



Then I was inspired by Sujata's recent travels in India, and added more thread.
The lines are about 1/2" apart.  
I'm always astonished by how texture adds so much to a piece.



I'm so glad I spent the extra time.  I love running my fingers over it.



There are 48 blocks total, 24 more to go.  
Probably done by April.

51 comments:

Julierose said...

Oh all that stitching is just gorgeous--I love a lot of stitching on a quilt--I did it on a gift for a dear friend-- "spider in the garden" quilt and she still comments on how she loves the "feel" of it. hugs Julierose

Mystic Quilter said...

Beautiful colourful quilt and your hand quilting sets the appliqué and quarter square log cabins blocks off superbly.

Amy said...

This quilt just makes my heart go pitter patter. The perle cotton quilting is perfect. Will you please tell me what size needle are you using?

meli B said...

I would never have thought of using black thread. It is so bold! You are always taking those chances and the results are so stunning. I agree, the extra texture of the linear stitching makes such a difference.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

It's looking great!

trudys_person said...

The texture is amazing! Beautiful quilt!

Karen said...

A very rich looking design in these colors.

Forgerson Pam said...

Love your quilts. The hand quilting is beautiful, almost kantha quilting , but also echo stitching.

Material Girl said...

That is simply stunning!

Jan said...

This quilt has everything ~ color, texture, folk quality. I'd never tire of working on it. Just beautiful!

Linda said...

I always admire your quilts and you are making yet another gorgeous quilt. Love the colours and how you have alternated the appliqué blocks with the half log cabins. Super. The extra stitching around the appliquéd flowers absolutely MAKES the quilt sing. I can see the Indian influence, the idea of Kantha stitches. Beautiful.

Nancy said...

This is such a fun quilt with it's plaids, prints, and bright plain fabrics. I wonder where your inspiration came from? I once saw a tiny picture of a hooked rug in a magazine (which I cut out because it was an inspiration to me) with flowers in squares and log cabin style squares. It was in natural tans and browns, I think. This quilt reminds me of that rug.

I especially like your quilting. I think the outline quilting on the flowers gives them movement, almost as though the wind is making them sway.

the girlfriend gap said...

So Beautiful LeAnn!.... In a world of machine quilting, hand quilting will always be my true love. I have been thinking of using some black Pearle cotton on a quilt for my granddaughter.... time to take the plunge ! janita

Rebecca in AK said...

I just love this quilt! Your hand quilting is wonderful and adds that extra special quality to it!

Beth J said...

You have inspired me to quilt. Thanks.

audrey said...

This has always been a favorite of all your quilts! Love how bright and fun this quilt is. The texture you're adding is brilliant.:)

sallgood said...

beautiful!

Candace said...

What a beautiful, cheerful quilt! I agree that the stitching really adds a lot. I applaud you for having the patience to do all of that hand quilting, and so quickly too. The last time I hand quilted an entire quilt it took me 5 years. It was the last quilt I ever hand quilted.

Patchwork and Play said...

What a beautiful quilt- made all the more lovely with your delightful hand quilting! Savour every stitch- you will be so glad you did, no matter how long it takes!

Quilteuse Forever said...

How did you dare to use here black thread? What a stunning result! I had already seen this beautiful TOP on your blog and you are making from it a brilliant QUILT!
Don't you know? I am going to quilt my tulip top (following yours, from a Georgian quilt) and I also chose pearl cotton... It is in the air!

Marly said...

Beautiful fabrics coming together in a wonderful quilt. I love your hand quilting, especially the ripple effect round the appliqué.

Maryse said...

Awe-inspiring! I love everything about this quilt.

mamifleur said...

How beautiful quilt!

Chris said...

When you're right, you're right - love all that texture! You've inspired me to get back to my hand quilting project. Happy quilting!

Margaret said...

This is so N-I-F-T-Y ... graphic, textured & simply delightful, too!

Vicki W said...

Oh gosh, that's lovely!

Ada Kopitopoulou said...

It looks fantastic. The dense quilting adds another dimension to it!

Marit said...

Love the texture!

; )

roccagal said...

luv it-I agree the extra stitching is totally worth it!!!

smazoochie said...

It will be a jolly, cheery thing when it's done. It positively glows & the stitching adds nice texture. Keep going!

Brenda said...

Fabulous! what size or kind of needle do you use for perle cotton?

Marge said...

Another beauty! I with that we stitched together because you would inspire me to get a lot more done!

Christine Feldstein said...

Another beauty!!! I am very impressed by everything : the applique, the colors, the stitching... so pleasant to the eyes, and so cheerful! BRAVO!!

Cathy said...

The quilting really adds to the quilt. It is just beautiful. Hugs, Cathy

Mary Keasler said...

It is even more impressive with your impeccable stitching. You never cease to amaze.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Beautiful . . . your stitching adds SO much!!

Karen said...

I love this!!!

Heidi said...

Amazing

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

It's gorgeous! so colorful and folky, bold and pretty!

Barb said...

wow the stitching really adds so much texture and dimension to already fabulous quilt.
What sized needle are you using? Do you use a hoop? I love the look of pearl cotton, have only big stitched once and had some difficulty.

Just love this project, I wish I could run my hand over it too!

chromatobalomata said...

It is very beautiful! The black stitches and nice colors! It's just so nice!! Anneli

Deb Oldenburg said...

just pure joy looking at the picture. love the colors, everything about it

em's scrapbag said...

This is fabulous!!!!

fiberchick said...

The stitching enlivens your beautiful quilt so much! It reminds me of antique Native American beadwork.

http://theautry.org/exhibitions/floral-journey-native-north-american-beadwork

paulaj ward said...

Just saw your quilts at the QA show. Lovely and innovative, as always!

greeneggs said...

Wow that extra quilting really lifts it from beautiful to spectacular!

Janet said...

So, so fabulous looking with the extra thread play.

Victoria said...

Simply gorgeous!

Tonya Ricucci said...

Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. I love that much quilting.

Annemieke said...

Such a bright and happy quilt. Your quilting looks great already. I don't know but sometimes I miss some posts and I do want to read your posts very much. I will do my best next time.
Groetjes
Annemieke

Sujata Shah said...

LeeAnn, Your stitching looks gorgeous! This quilt is so beautifully done, like all of your quilts it is fun and lively. I am not sure where I have been? Or how did I miss this post? I was right there in Seattle when you wrote this post.. Hmm... got to get back to reading my favorite blogs again!
I am glad I got to see you work on it. Wish we had more time together.
Good thing there is always that next visit on the horizon.