Bonnard: quilted!

All those thousands of stitches… Tis done ๐Ÿ™‚

For hand quilting, it hasn’t taken too long, nor has it totally destroyed my fingers. But I am very glad to get my dining table back! The really nice thing about hand quilting (well, apart from the texture, that is) is that there’s no going back to bury the ends and tidy everything up, you tidy and bury as you go.

Still to do is trimming it out; making the label (the transfer sheet is printed, I just have to iron it onto fabric); cutting and stitching together the binding strip; and finally, stitching on the binding and hand hemming it all down.

Sorry the picture’s a bit dark and dull. It’s rather gloomy and pouring with rain outside, so I’m making do with dull daylight and artificial lights. No complaints here, though, it’ a good bit cooler too, at only 26ยฐC/79ยฐF

Fingers crossed we have some sunny weather when I have the finish to show you!

38 thoughts on “Bonnard: quilted!

  1. tialys says:

    Thank you for pointing out the ‘tidy’ benefits of hand quilting because my first thought was ‘eek, I wouldn’t have the patience for that!’. The other benefit of course is that it looks absolutely gorgeous. I look forward to the finish and for your sun to shine so we can see it in all its glory.

    • katechiconi says:

      I can name several more benefits: you can do it on your lap in front of the TV if you use a hoop. You don’t need to wrestle it through the sewing machine and give yourself a back ache. If you make a mistake (unlikely) it’s dead easy to unpick. You do just as much as you have the energy for (no saying “oh, I’ll just do one more line” and lifting your head three hours later, in agony). And finally, it looks gorgeous.

  2. craftycreeky says:

    It’s looks gorgeous Kate, looking forward to seeing the sunny photo finish! I’m getting quite excited about hand quilting my Rabbit Hole quilt now, though goodness knows how long it will take me ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Emma says:

    Even with the gloomy day, the colours look amazing. That was so much work and itโ€™s definitely paying off

    • katechiconi says:

      It does have a lovely texture, fairly flat, but like soft overlapping scales. I really like how the curves of the quilting design contrast with the squares and corners of the quilt top.

  4. kymlucas says:

    Beautiful! Like a painting.

  5. Can’t wait for the final instalment ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. dayphoto says:

    It very beautiful. We had some sprinkles of rain here and now wind and sunshine.

  7. magpiesue says:

    Doing a happy dance with you – upper body only. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You almost convince me to try some hand quilting again in the future (but I’ll probably stick to embroidery).

  8. Those colours are so rich! love the hand quilting. It’s ever so neat ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. You do such beautiful work. Just incredible that you do that by hand. I’ll have to try hand quilting one day if I get enough time. So many other projects waiting. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Glad your hands didn’t suffer through this one.

  10. knitnkwilt says:

    I’d be more inclined to hand quilting if I watched TV. Actually I do a little, but it gets set aside easily. Yours is looking good.

    • katechiconi says:

      This one definitely wasn’t a TV-watching job. I had it laid out on the dining table; much cooler to work that way and it keeps everything nice and flat instead of all bunched up. I do hand quilt the hatbox blocks watching TV, but of course it’s more listening than watching!

  11. kathyreeves says:

    Congratulations in a big job done, Kate. It is coming along beautifully. I am looking forward to the final reveal in all its glory!

  12. Lynda says:

    I wish I could do this. So lovely! โค

    • katechiconi says:

      Is it that your hands won’t hold up to hours of hand sewing, or simply that you don’t know how? If the former, I’m very sorry. If the latter… well, no-one showed me either and I know I don’t do it ‘properly’ but that hasn’t stopped me hand-quilting two queensize and one large lap quilt up to this point. To be sure, it is a large investment of time, and I’m lucky that I have that resource.

      • Lynda says:

        I know how and most days my hands are willing and able. It is my eyes. I can see to do the work for about 5 to 10 minutes max and then my vision clouds or goes fuzzy and I can’t see clearly. I wear glasses, and for the past two years or so I have been using a very powerful magnifying light ring, but now even that isn’t helping prevent the blurring. To sew on the machine I pull down the light ring and try not to focus my eyes too tightly. So far that is allowing me to do piecing. It is so very frustrating! ๐Ÿ˜›

      • katechiconi says:

        For at least half of this quilt the prescription on my glasses wasn’t strong enough and I got frustrated. New glasses are better but they slide down my nose all the time. Getting old is crappy, isn’t it?

      • Lynda says:

        Often times, yes, and then there’s the rest of the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. TERRI says:

    Your quilt is just beautiful! I like your suggestion a few comments back to try hand quilting something small. I may give that a try, too.

  14. rutigt says:

    Great work! Iยดm deeply impressed of your handquilting! Should have taken me forever to finish that!!

    • katechiconi says:

      The pattern makes it easier. Something you can do row by row is always easier because it takes an exact (short) time and you know you can fit it in around other things. One more reason why I love love love the clamshell pattern ๐Ÿ™‚

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