By Janet Treen
I've been trying to get as much hand quilting done as I can but with spring arriving here with some very warm weather, I think summer is going to be too hot for it.
This one is a huge job, not because of the size of the quilt but because the background quilting is quarter inch apart.
I'm happy enough with the stitches on the front but the back is a whole other story.
Every quilt I do teaches me a lesson and this one has taught me something about backings. I hate this backing with a vengeance.
I had trouble finding an extra wide cotton in an off white that had a suitable thread count. I did know that a high thread count would not look as good on the back but I went ahead anyway and attached this one. It's a Moda 200 thread count and let me tell you, it's like hand quilting with a sheet on the back. The stitches look very humble. The stitches on the back look mostly like tiny pin dots, not pretty at all.
Regardless of that hitch, I can live with it, I don't make quilts for competition, I make them for myself.
In case you haven't seen it before, here it is prior to basting with the trapunto completed.
Link to the original antique quilt this is based on is here.