Bonnard: quilting progress

I’ve been stitching away in the background.

Progress photos of quilting are a bit dull unless you’ve reached some kind of landmark. It’s not terribly exciting to look at, but I’ve reached the one-third point.

The last row of quilting is just above the fold of the fabric where you see the red backing. The safety pin with the tuft of red yarn at top right marks the halfway point of the quilt, and as you can see, I have only 5 lines to go before I reach halfway, at 16 lines. I’ve done 11 lines and I’m just over 30% through. Hurray!

You’ll have to forgive the fluffiness of the backing fabric – there’s batting fluff everywhere on the table. I’ll give the quilt a good grooming with the lint roller once it’s done, and before it goes in the washing machine, otherwise the fluff’ll be all over the front too.

I like the new needle I’m working with. It’s medium-long (compared with a short quilting ‘Between’ needle) and fine, but has a large eye. On the upside, it goes through multiple layers of fabric easily. On the downside, it slips just as easily into my finger… ouch! On balance, though, I greatly prefer it to the one I was using before. It’s a Birch size 7 Embroidery needle, in case you’d like to try one.

Right, back to it.

32 thoughts on “Bonnard: quilting progress

  1. lucyannluna says:

    Looks fantastic, I must admit I do like a needle with an eye you can get the thread through. I have some betweens that new hand quilting cotton will not fit through , I thought it was me, but I found some (much) older thread & that goes through.

  2. claire93 says:

    your quilting looks so regular & beautiful and the colours of fabrics in first photo are gorgeously vibrant!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m glad the quilting gives the impression I was hoping for! The colour reproduction in this photo is much better than in the overall images, which seem to blend and grey the colour too much.

  3. I think the best needle is one I can hold onto, and thread easily enough. If it doesn’t meet those two criteria, there’s no point (no pun intended!) of bothering with it.

  4. Looks wonderful. Your quilting is great.

  5. kathyreeves says:

    The shells are really perfect for this quilt and your stitches are looking quite amazing, must be that new needle!πŸ˜‰

  6. Wonderful progress. I am very fussy about my needles – not that I do the same kind of work you do, but my cushions often get a bit of embroidery or running stitch around the edges. πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      I definitely have favourites! The really good ones live in my needle case. The OK ones live in my spare needle case. The ‘any old thing’ needles live on the pincushion next to my chair and get used for repairs, sewing on buttons, poking holes in things and basting fabric onto paper hexies for EPP. And yes, I’d own up to being over-fussy about my needles!

  7. tialys says:

    Your quilting looks really good Kate.

  8. rutigt says:

    Looking good, looking really good πŸ™‚

  9. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    So this is the shell stitching, now I understand. I love curvy lines !(I am one myself :D)

  10. elaine says:


  11. craftycreeky says:

    Beautiful quilting, it looks so even, I think I’ll have to try different needles once I start πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      I can’t get along with the really short ones, I hold the needle the wrong way. One of these days I’ll have to sit down and get my head around the ‘correct’ technique, and then maybe a short needle will make more sense.

  12. It’s amazing how finding the just-right needle can make all the difference. You’ve made great progress, Kate.

  13. Just keep sewing. Just keep sewing. Just keep sewing.
    I admire your tenacity.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s not *quite* that bad. Draw a line of clams. Thread the needle, sew 4.5 scallops, repeat twice. Line done. Have a cup of coffee and a biscuit. Repeat the whole thing (except the coffee and bickie). Go upstairs and sew something different. If you do that every day, or even a couple of times a day, it goes quite fast. But the bickie is important – for motivational purposes only, you understand…

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