Carousel Ready To Quilt

Joseph’s Coat, quilts, Red & Green Traditional Applique

I worked on and off all day yesterday drawing the design on the quilt getting it ready for machine quilting.  I was finally satisfied with it after having spritzed the design off several times because I messed up on it.  There will be more quilting in the print areas but will decide on that when the white areas are finished.  I crawled around pin basting for an hour – it didn’t really take all that long  – the quilt is about 61 x 74 right now.  Of course now I have no quilts to baste when I take the red and green off the frame hopefully sometime next month – I guess I need to whip up another top!  I said when the frame was empty I would baste one or more quilt tops on it and not have to crawl on the floor.


My lines to follow – yes there will be starts and stops – but this is the way I want to try it – we will see how it goes – you know me – I will finish it, might be awhile but it will get done.  Sometimes when I get started on something I just keep going until it is done – I would like another finish before the end of the year.


Here is an old quilt that I washed and dried earlier today – made back in the 90’s hand pieced/hand quilted – polyester batting Smile before I learned how much I love cotton.  This one just gets folded up and put over a rack, I don’t really use it anymore I have so many.


The quilt is in pretty good condition but I found this one red spot on it – I sprayed and rubbed and some came out, I think a red marker got to close to this quilt at one time and it won’t come out anymore Sad smile I see a loose thread too, it looks like a knot popped out.


I was able to roll the Red and Green quilt down again on Friday night and got the left side border area done and ready to move on the blocks – and look more and more of the last border is in site – it is a wide border, one more time and it might all be showing.  I love the 2nd block from the left! those twirls Smile


I have been trying to remember to change quilts out on the bed and this time I decided to take Joseph’s Coat back out and put it one the bed.  It is a heavier weight quilt and we will need it – chilly all week – night times in the 20’s to 30 the news says.  I took the Star Quilt at the foot of the bed back off the wall and washed it to get all the dust off (that is an old one – 90’s again but I did use cotton batting on that one).  The Christmas quilt is now hanging in the living room in preparation for Christmas – I don’t decorate early but it is the only time of the year I hang the Christmas Baltimore Album up so put it up early.  I’ll show that after I get Christmas decorations up.


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9 comments… add one
  • Vicki W Nov 24, 2013

    I think that Josephs Coat is the project you were working on when I started following you blog. Or may it was the one with all of the circles in aqua. Either way, I love them both!
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  • Kathy ... aka Nana Nov 24, 2013

    Wow, I thought I was the only one obsessive enough about hand quilting to quilt for 10 or more hours/day when I can … I can’t imagine how many hours/day you will spend quilting to finish that quilt by the end of the year. I like the pattern you chose … it will really accentuate the piecing. I can’t wait to see it done.
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  • Karen Nov 24, 2013

    Kathy I normally only quilt about 2 hours every evening – I rarely do hand quilting in the daytime for some reason or other that is my evening choice. I will sit at the machine off and on all day when I am piecing or quilting through but again rarely for more than 2 hours total as I am up and down doing other things all day.

  • Chris Nov 24, 2013

    I find the blog posts on your quilting progress very inspiring. I wonder if we get more work done when we post our progress and share it with others. I found your blog a couple of years ago when you were finishing up the red Dear Jane triangles. Of course, that let me to and lots of other quilters on the Dear Jane journey. Back in those days I only read blogs on Sat mornings when the civil war blocks were posted. Since I started my blog in Sept I look forward to taking a picture and posting some progress. However, I spend way too much time reading and not enough quilting.

  • Hilda Nov 24, 2013

    What a pleasure to see all these quilts! The Joseph’s coat looks wonderful on the bed. I like the way you have marked the quilting – going to be another stunner!
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  • Victoria Nov 24, 2013

    Hi Karen!. I remember the first time I contacted you was about Carousel pattern and you’re almost done!, myyy Good. How many quilts do you usually make a year?. I still have one all cut and almost ready to sew but I don’t have a sewing machine so all by hand is an enormous work. I’m here and reading you every night just problems with my computer, I hope to have them solved this month. Love!
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  • Kathi Nov 24, 2013

    So happy you blog like you do… I love reading about all your adventures and seeing how you decide and define then your quilt design is cool. Love your Josephs coat quilt… totally stupendous! And the one on the foot of the bed is delicious too 🙂 Stay warm where you are.. it is getting chilly even down here in Fla! lol Kathi
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  • Karen Nov 24, 2013

    thanks everyone. At the end of the year I will do a post again of what all I have accomplished for the year like I normally do – right now I have lost track although I do know the Red and Green is the second quilt on the frame this year. I have done a lot of small quilts and really practiced the machine stitch as well on those.

  • Debra Nov 24, 2013

    I think your marking will make that quilt perfect. Can’t wait to see your Red and green quilt when it is all finished.
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