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Monday, January 30, 2012

Janet's Hoop

By Janet Olmstead

I'm new to posting on this blog. I have only been hand quilting for about 3 years so I don't have a lot of experience. What I do have is enthusiasm!
I have enjoyed all the "what's in your hoop?" posts. It's been very inspiring to see all the different projects people are working on.

I am currently working on a red and white quilt for a challenge my guild is doing. The challenge was inspired by the Infinite Variety exhibit in New York. I didn't get to go to the exhibit but there were so many gorgeous pictures of it online to enjoy.
I especially loved the quilts with beautiful hand quilting and resolved to hand quilt my contribution to the challenge. I am currently working on the straight lines behind the half feathered wreaths in the setting triangles.

Here is a picture of the whole quilt from when I basted it. I would have liked to make a full sized quilt of this but it needs to be finished by the end of May and my time for working on it is limited. This is the first time I have tried wool batting. I find it a bit puffy compared to the silk batting I usually use but I do love how it needles.

Other than the center squares, I haven't figured out what to quilt in the red areas of the blocks. I'm not very good at planning ahead when it comes to quilting projects. Someone commented on my blog that the quilt would speak to me and tell me what it needs. It hasn't had anything to say yet. Do you have any ideas?

Happy Quilting!


  1. Your quilt is looking great so far! I'm sure you'll figure out the next quilt pattern once it's presented.

  2. I noticed that you did a little flower in the center red squares, maybe you could carry that idea over to the smaller red blocks? In the area that is shaped like a basket maybe outline stitch and then one more triangle inside the larger of the two?
    Good looking quilt and it looks like you are doing a great job on it to me.

  3. I love your quilting! You really do nice work and that is a gorgeous quilt you are working on too!

    Right now, my hoops are empty but I really need to change that :D

  4. Beautiful! I just finished a small quilt with wool batting and I though it was too puffy until I put the binding on. Somehow that seemed to contain it. Maybe look at antique quilts (books are probably available in your local library) for inspiration on how to quilt the other reds. I just purchased a book full of vintage quilt designs called Quilting Designs from the Past by Jenny Carr Kinney.

  5. This looks fantastic! I really like the contrast between the feathers and the straight lines. The variable widths of the lines also really gives a lot of interest. Bravo. I have a Red & White in a WIP/UFO bin. Thanks for the nudge to move it up the "to do" list.

  6. gorgeous! your quilting is fabulous for the quilt.:)

  7. Lovely work, good luck finishing it.

  8. Beautiful work! Love all those red fabrics.


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