Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Spencer's Stars - let the quilting begin...........

The 'hessian quilt' has been renamed - 'Spencer's Stars'
And I thought that as it had a proper 'Sunday title' I really ought to get on with the quilting
Here is the result so far.
For both the four leaved clover design and the circle for the basis of the feather ring I used freezer paper gently ironed on and stitched round for the guideline - I have a psychological aversion (probably partly based on bone idleness) to marking quilt tops - I'm always frightened the marking medium won't come out and this method with the freezer paper seemed an ideal solution. I'm sure I'm only reinventing the wheel here and loads of people will have used it before me but on this application it's working well.
I did do the feather loops round the circle freehand.
I was reading the comments left on my last posting about books and it suddenly occurred to me where I'd seen the picture of the books in real life. It's the barrel roofed library in Trinity College, Dublin - this is also place where they hold 'The Book of Kells' an ancient illuminated manuscript. If you ever get the chance to visit you must do so as both the library and the book are very impressive - lots of quilting inspiration there girls! In fact Dublin is a fabulous city to go for a city break.
Right back to a little more stitching before I head off to work.

19 comments:

Screen Door said...

Great idea-- never thought of it with the freezer paper. What a keepsake this quilt is turning into. I don't know if 'Mom' going to let 'baby' use it at all?!?!?!

Fiona said...

Beautiful quilting - as always. I have used the freezer paper method - like you I'm always worried that the marks won't come out, but I'm gradually getting over that fear because I have to confess that I do find following a pencil line easier.

Jane Weston said...

WOW WOW WOW...that and you must be insane! The quilting is fantastic!..Once again your work is award winning.

joyce said...

I might try the freezer paper method on the next quilt. You quilting is amazing. Well done!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

It looks absolutely wonderful, an heirloom in the making! Lucky Spencer!

Libby said...

Just gorgeous. Spencer is one lucky fella.

Kim said...

Beautiful quilting! It will definitely be an heirloom!

Dawn said...

Wow! the quilting looks wonderful! And I've always loved this quilt. I can't wait to see it all done!

Conni Lu said...

Your quilting is perfection. Looks really good! :D

meggie said...

Wow! Fantastic quilting! Good idea to use freezer paper, must try it.
Lucky Spencer.

Lori (A.K.A. Elkhoundmom) said...

I love the name, and the quiting is fantastic. Thanks for sharing the freezer paper method. I will have to try it.

Holly said...

Congratulations on your new nephew, Spencer! A mighty fine quilt you are making him.

Diana said...

As they say, the quilting makes the quilts. It is absolutely beautiful!

The freezer paper idea is a new one for me and one that I may try.

Judy said...

That's how I've done the difficult parts for years! Works like a charm and no marking that doesn't come out!

Looks wonderful!

Marcie said...

Your quilting is amazing. They better be totally blown away by that gift! I haven't used freezer paper like that, but have used Contact Paer, a peel and stick shelf liner. It works in the same manner.

Marcie said...

That was supposed to read "Contact Paper". Do you have that?

Doodlebug Gail said...

What amazing quilting - I loved this quilt when you first started working on and it's turning into one beautiful heirloom quilt. Wonderful!

Lily said...

Oooh great idea with the freezer paper Anne!! Must remember that when/if I ever get around to hand quilting again :)

And look at your beautiful hand work. Wow!

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