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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Even Utility Quilts Can Be Pretty

By:  Audrey

This is the quilt I have been working on recently.  It is essentially a utility quilt as I pieced it together with bits and pieces of my grandmothers leftover fabrics.  The quilt top itself was put together years and years ago, but I've only been hand quilting it for just over a month now.
G'mas Kaleidoscope quilt
It has some fabrics in it with a very tight weave (the white fabric especially) and so it has felt like I'm wrestling with a bear sometimes.  I will probably never attempt to hand quilt another quilt with this type of fabric, but I am glad I made the effort for this one as hand quilting was my grandmothers specialty.
Finally quilting out to the edge!
I'm finally, finally quilting clear out to the edges and it actually feels like I'm gaining ground.  Maybe it will actually be finished some day soon! 


  1. You are surly on the way to finish. A very well done job, Audrey.

  2. It looks gorgeous and your quilting is spectacular.Happy quilting,less to finish your quilt!!

  3. Doesn't look like a utility quilt to me. It's beautiful. Love all those vintage fabrics in blues, greens and purples. Do you find you quilt faster when you get close to the finish? I do. ; c )

  4. I love the colors in this quilt it would be a favorite if it was mine.

  5. I do love this quilt even though it hasn't been fun to quilt and know it will always have a special place among my favorites! And yes Maureen, I do quilt faster when I can see the end in sight.:)

  6. It is absolutely gorgeous Audrey! love the way you have quilted it - looks so traditional and cosy. Do keep going as it is well worth it for this beauty1
    Every Stitch

  7. Oh yes indeed - utility quilts can be simply gorgeous! As yours is. I use a wooden hoop to quilt - it's fairly squared off, but I do lose a little bit of quilting space with the rounded corners. I'm intrigued by yours - where did you get it?

    1. This particular hoop was given to me by a good friend years ago but I've bought a (smaller) similar hoop from JoAnne Fabrics in the last year. It was hard to get used to at first, but now it's difficult to go back to a rounded hoop because of what you said about the corners.:)

  8. Your quilt is beatiful, i can see the springtime on it!
    Such nice colours and good quilting!
    Greetings Marle from Germany

  9. You've made my heart smile, seeing those hand made stitches. This is very beautiful.

  10. Beautiful quilt. Hand quilting sounds just right for such sentimental fabric.

  11. How beautiful colors!!
    I love it!! :D

  12. I can sympathize with the quilting on too tight fabric. I did a few star blocks on Moda 200 ct. muslin---major brain blip! Unfortunately, I'm doing some of my best hand quilting on it. Fortunately, it's a small quilt, only 6 blocks. Hopefully I won't forget this lesson, because I really do know better!


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