The Redwork Quilt
My progress on handwork is going rather slowly, so after the 4th of July weekend, and getting three rooms partially ready for new flooring, I put some serious time into quilting my Redwork Quilt. I did straight-line quilting in the center redwork medallion, then some free-motion meandering flowers and leaves in the red border, and then straight-line quilting on either side of the seam lines in the pieced border (scrappy 1-1/2 inch finished squares). See the previous post for photos. Then I added yet more quilting to the center medallion to help it to lie flatter. All that remained was the 4-inch black border.
There was a lot of lint from the batting on the black Kona so I used masking tape to clean it up and then pinned the edges to keep it relatively clean while quilting. Making a tube with the masking tape was fairly ineffective. Placing a long strip and running your hand across works much better. A large lint roller would be even better if you have one.
After practicing the same meandering flower design, and choosing a variegated black and red thread, I started and 6-inches in, decided that the tension was not right and the design just wasn’t filling the space like I wanted. Back to the drawing board. I took out my Pajama Quilter Reloaded book and found a design I liked: flowers, leaves and ribbons. I also changed to a solid red thread. It isn’t perfect but it is finished and the binding is put on. More handwork for my poor arthritic hands but for now, I still only machine quilt the binding on donation quilts and potholders. Because of the overstitching in the flowers and leaves (only two of each, thank goodness), it took me 2-1/2 hours of ripping and then the afternoon to quilt all the way around.
Here is part of the border, showing flowers, leaves and ribbons. I see the PajamaQuilter Reloaded and PajamaQuilter Rethreaded workbooks/DVDs are sold out. You can check out Dawn Ramirez’ quilts at http://www.sewdawnfun.com/. I like her idea of practicing on a whiteboard before stitching on a quilt sample–this is really helpful for a new or complex design and you can just totally erase what you don’t like at any time and start over.
Here is part of the outer border before binding.
Till next time, expand your horizons and try something new–a new quilt design, a new recipe, a new technique, a new skill. This will keep your craft more interesting, fight boredom, and perhaps, prevent dementia. If it’s frustrating, it’s good for you.