Off the Frame-Another on It

Joseph's Coat, quilts

A never ending cycle in this house.  As soon as I take one quilt off of the quilting frame another is always waiting in line to get on it.

Joseph’s Coat officially came off of the quilting frame last night.  I put it on the frame June 2 and took it off November 6 – I was gone one month of that time – so it took 4 months to quilt it!! pretty good – that is very fast for me.  This year my goal was to get done hand quilting two queen size quilts and I did it with 2 months to spare.

Joseph’s Coat was hand pieced and hand quilted.  I didn’t keep track of time during the piecing but I’m sure it was over 200 hours for sure and probably closer to 300 hours.  Hand quilting it though went very fast – just under 111 hours.  I will be putting the binding on these scallops by hand – I will show the finished quilt then.  For now – here it is off the frame and was ready for me to get it all trimmed down which I did last night – all that excess backing and batting on the sides is off and ready to start the binding – maybe tomorrow or by the weekend.


You might have forgot what the backing fabric was on this:


This morning I worked on getting the Bow Tie Medallion quilt on the frame – and it is there – took a couple hours.  I’m always glad to get that chore done – it is a chore believe me.  It goes faster with two people but I have rarely had help and have it down to working fairly good with just me doing it.  I also cleaned out underneath the quilt frame while I was at it and have things re-stacked – believe me this is cleaned up Smile I got rid of a shelving unit that was collecting up dust, put all the tote bags inside another large tote bag and moved things around a little bit.


This is the variegated thread I will be using on this quilt.  I had one complete spool and another that had just a little bit off of it so I do believe it will be enough.  King Tut # 983 – various shades of brown.


I’m not sure how I am going to be quilting this quilt.  I have a stack of stencils to look through.  I have not had much of any plan in mind for it.  Normally I look at it for a day or two while I work on some other projects and then get started – which is what I plan on doing with this one as well.  I have a lot stencils here to look at.  I can rule out the big ones right away – the border is only 5 inches on this quilt – I will probably do a grid on the border and maybe a stencil for the areas in the bow ties that have room to work something in.  I’ll let you know when I get started on it.


For now – I think I will work on the Patchwork of the Crosses today and maybe Common Bride as well – I have a lot of star blocks to do on that one.

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14 comments… add one
  • glen in louisiana Nov 7, 2012

    Yeah! Great finish! Or near finish!


  • Carolyn Nov 7, 2012

    It’s just beautiful, congratulations on finishing the hand quilting! Can’t see what you come up with for the bow ties. I also love the quilt that the stencils are laying on!

  • Vicki W Nov 7, 2012

    Woohoo! Major accomplishment!

  • audrey Nov 7, 2012

    Congratulations! Such a great feeling to get the hand quilting done on a quilt. Big grin headed your way.:)

  • Cathi Nov 7, 2012

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see it with the binding on.
    I’m curious — what do you use to mark your quilting designs when you use a stencil?

  • Marianne Nov 7, 2012

    Yippie! What a nice feeling that must have been.

  • Sandie Nov 7, 2012

    Congratulations! That is quite an accomplishment! And I love the backing fabric! Happy stitching!

  • Elzaan Nov 7, 2012

    Congratulations on (almost) finishing the Joseph’s Coat Quilt. It did go lightning fast for such a big quilt, considering that it is all done by hand. Well done!
    Enjoy your piecing and the quilting of that lovely Bow Tie quilt.

  • Penny Nov 7, 2012

    Well done, Karen! I guess from the above comments, by following your journey we share in your joy. Looking forward to your decision on the ‘Bow Tie” quilting
    design. Will have a go at cooking the Banana Bread when I remember to buy more, forgot today while shopping.

  • Steffi Nov 8, 2012

    Hey, good job! Can´t wait to see the quilt completely finished. I´m curious about the binding fabric.

  • Astrid Nov 8, 2012

    CONGRATS on the finish – so far! Well done!

  • Congratulations! I can’t wait to see JC in all his glory!

  • Charlotte Nov 9, 2012

    Considering that you were working on other things while Joseph’s Coat was in the frames, I think you finished it in record time! Very pretty!

  • Sartenada Nov 9, 2012

    Wow. I love it.

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