The Red and Green Traditional Applique is done!!!! I am bringing it to the quilt group this morning and will lay it out to get a full photo of it – can’t get the whole thing in decently here at home and too wet outside to try No bleed in the quilt!
I made the quilt – needle turn applique – in 2010 and 2011 the blocks were completed. Then it sat aside for awhile while I was quilting other things patiently waiting it’s turn. Then in 2012 I decided I wanted to make it bigger to fit the bed and I added the applique border to it. I designed the border myself by using a few photos of other quilts to get inspiration. Total time making the top was estimated at 250 hours. I put it on the hand quilting frame in June of 2013 and finished by the end of the year, it took 200 hours to hand quilt. The first week of 2014 was spent adding the binding – total time on this quilt – 450 hours estimated give or take an hour here or there. Here it is out of the dryer. All nice and crinkly and shrunk up a little bit. I didn’t take a final measurement but I will when I put it on the bed. I wanted to take it to quilting today first though and I will take more photos there and then on the bed. It should be close to 100 x 100 inches. I used a variegated Red and Green King Tut thread to quilt.
I must have washed the red fabric more than I remembered. The bleed wasn’t bad at all. I soaked it in the tub first in hot water and detergent and the color catchers on the left – not bad – after awhile I moved it to the washing machine – first time through the color catchers in the middle a second wash and the color catchers on the right.
The big middle block
The patterns came from these two books. Most of them from Jeana Kimball’s book. I decided I wanted some wreath blocks and I like the ones in Marsha Radtke’s book so used 4 patterns from that book.
Part of the back. The grid is three quarter inch.
The photos were taken late in the day I will try to get better close ups in better light soon.
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