This will be the last finished quilt for me for a while. The Splendid Sampler sew-along runs through next February so that one is months away from being done. And the machine quilting block party runs through December so that will also be also be next year before it’s completed. Patchwork of the crosses has absolutely no timeline at all; I work on it when I have time and the inclination. And as of today, I’m finished with the Bloom quilt.
I spent a few minutes at lunch and finished up those few inches of quilting that I somehow missed the first time around. Done with that, I threw it in the washing machine, then the dryer and voila! Complete! Here are some closeups of the quilting.
I started on Sunday’s 51st block for the Splendid Sampler but have temporarily put it aside in order to make some headway on catching up on quilting these other blocks.
I’m much more used to creating my own design for quilting. Sometimes it’s all freehand – swirls or hearts, circles or something else. Sometimes I’ll use a ruler; I did that extensively on the quilt I made for my sister although it consisted of several different patterns. But following someone else’s version of quilting? That’s a challenge for me, but I like it because it forces me to think about a block in a way that I wouldn’t have otherwise.
Some of my favorite rulers are from Top Anchor. I also have several from Quilters Apothecary. Some of the ones I use the most are from Handi Quilter. I think they have the best straight line ruler hands down. And when I saw the block I was working on had curved cross-hatch lines, I remembered that I have one of those.
There are probably some quilt police lurking who are saying “tsk, tsk; she has all different colors of top thread on that quilt” and they would be right. I used red Superior thread on this one (which needs probably the largest needle made on the planet because that is really thick). The last one had Sulky and I think it was a rayon or maybe polyester and super thin. The whole idea of the quilt is to learn new techniques so why not try out several different threads?
Oops! I must’ve gotten distracted – I forgot the last bit of cross hatching. I’ll knock that out tomorrow. I started quilting another block but finally hung it up for the night.