Sea Glass #11: the wind’s four quarters

So, five of the windmill blocks done, and seven still to go.

I’ve been plugging away at this, doing an hour here, a couple of hours there. Each of the windmill blocks is 16 inches square, and it takes about an hour and a half to mark and then quilt them. I’m outlining each windmill and adding a curve to each ‘blade’, and then I’m putting wavy lines in each quarter of the square around the windmill, to represent the wind swirling around the blades of the windmill. It’s actually very soothing, now that the calluses on my fingers have built up enough. The trick is to do a bit each day to maintain them!

It’s beginning to get that lovely puffy texture in the quilted areas. The back looks great too. Soon, I’ll have to think of something to do in the outer border. The same criteria apply: something I can work easily in one or two directions, some-thing that covers space without being too dense and fiddly, and some-thing that works with the design of the quilt and existing quilting.

But first, those other seven squares.

33 thoughts on “Sea Glass #11: the wind’s four quarters

  1. I find that method works well for me. I don’t have to know everything about a quilt to make progress. Do some. Then figure out the next part. And figuring out the next part is almost always easier, because by that time, there is some context and precedent. It’s late here, my word choice probably not ideal. But I’ll bet you get what I mean. Good work, Kate.

  2. knitnkwilt says:

    Ditto. As soon as I know one feature’s quilt design, I start. Actually even when I thought I knew a whole design, I often end up changing it after I see how the beginning looks.

    • katechiconi says:

      I find it counterproductive to wait too long, hoping for the whole thing to make itself known to me. I think I’d find that rather intimidating! So I always knew the centre medallion with the flower baskets would be hand quilted, and that went so easily that hand quilting the rest has followed.

  3. All I know is…..those COLOURS!!!!! โค

  4. tialys says:

    Now you’ve got that callous will you make a point of hand quilting more projects in future?

  5. This is one that I would really like to see ‘in person’ – it’s looking so lovely in the pictures, but I’m sure it’s even more lovely when seen for real.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m finding it hard to show the texture of the quilting without having the lighting at a really weird angle. It’ll be better when more quilting is done and I can spread it out more.

  6. claire93 says:

    you have so much more patience than me ^^

    • katechiconi says:

      I think we must have different boundaries for our patience. I could never knit or crochet something! But actually, the hand quilting is going rather faster than I expected/feared, so it’s working out well ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. kathyreeves says:

    Handwork, no matter what type, always has that soothing quality to it. Just this morning I found myself prepping for handwork instead of for the sewing I had intended! The quilt is developing beautifully, Kate, a true masterpiece in the making!

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks, Kathy. It doesn’t make for terribly interesting posting, but if I wait till the quilting’s finished it’ll be ages and I need to keep myself motivated ๐Ÿ™‚ Right now, I don’t have a single machine-sewn project on the go, so it’s a choice of three options with needle and thread!

  8. Debbierose says:

    This is lovely Kate

  9. Timelesslady says:

    Beautiful work. I’ve never really quilted as you do…just easy stuff that doesn’t take a lot of time and effort. I so admire those who have the patience and skill to create these works of art.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you, that’s so kind! I did think I was a little crazy when, having finished the central medallion of this quilt, I decided I was going to hand quilt the rest, but it’s proving to to be enjoyable. It’s not very densely quilted, but I like the effect.

  10. rutigt says:

    Keep up the good work!!!! You are doing fine ๐Ÿ™‚

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