Quilt off the Frame, Another On It

LeMoyne Stars – Star Garden, William Morris in Applique-Floral Fantasy

It was a busy day yesterday.  Friday night I finished Star Garden – I can’t believe I finished hand quilting that quilt in 7 weeks and I wasn’t in a rush.  I just steadily worked on it almost every single evening of those 7 weeks for 1 to 2 hours – 77.5 hours of work.  Now on to the binding.  I will measure it again after I wash it – right now it is about 75 inches square.  Linking to Kathy’s Quilts and to A Quilting Reader’s Garden.

I got the binding cut and machine stitched to the front, now on to the hand stitching.  (the stars were hand pieced using the Inklingo LeMoyne star collection 4 inch if I remember right)


Just a little bit of work was done on the hand stitching part of it I will work on it off and on all week I’m sure.


You know I don’t like an empty frame so by two in the afternoon I had the next quilt on the frame!


So here for the next several months or more is Floral Fantasy – this quilt is smaller than the Star Garden by about 10 inches making it about 65 inches square — but we will be gone a little bit this fall so this quilt might be on the frame until the end of the year.  (Floral Fantasy is designed by Michelle Hill.)


Right now I am trying to decide which thread to use for quilting it – I am leaning to the shades of purple even though I just got done using a different variegated thread for the Stars in purples– this is a different shade.  The other although it shows as brown is actually blacks and brown to gold.  While I was working on loading my new quilt onto the frame I always move all the notions out of the holder here and put them on the table so they won’t get knocked around and I went and lost my stick on metal thimble that has good indention in it.  I ordered two new ones so I will have extra.  I will use the leather only for the next week I guess while I wait.


I actually found the replacement thimbles at Craftsy – which today is the last day of the sale so you might want to check them out – notions, fabrics, supplies of all kinds – I didn’t realize they had the stick on thimbles until I was searching on line to order my new ones.  It is amazing at times what they do carry – not just classes and fabric.

The thimble I like for quilting the most is the one on the far left of this package – it fits my finger pretty good – the next one is for the underneath finger but I can never get used to it and I don’t use it – the leather one usually goes on my thumb and the one on the far left on my quilting finger.  I hate having to order the whole package to get the one for my quilting finger but most of the pieces will be used and at only $6.21 for the whole package that is not bad.  I ordered more leather stick ones at the same time they are $4.25 for 12.

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25 comments… add one
  • Gretchen Aug 23, 2015

    Congratulations on the finish! She is lovely.

  • Deb Aug 23, 2015

    That was one quick and beautiful finish! 🙂

  • Carla Aug 23, 2015

    That was a fast finish to a wonderful quilt. I really love the fabric choice for the stars on this one. Watching eagerly to how you will quilt Floral Fantasy!
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  • Kristie Aug 23, 2015

    Beautiful finish! I just love those little stars. I can’t wait to see how you plan on quilting the new one on the frame. I love that quilt.
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  • Sandra Daugherty Aug 23, 2015

    You should be proud of your Stars Quilt; and quilted so fast! Floral Fantasy is amazing. Love the variegated thread choices that you will be using. I too love to use the thimbles that stick on the tip of my finger.
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  • Deb Aug 23, 2015

    That star quilt is beautiful. It is on my to do list.

  • Kathy Aug 23, 2015

    Your Garden Stars is gorgeous!! Love your binding. I use a metal tailor’s thimble when hand quilting and those leather stick-on thimbles when hand piecing.
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  • Jean Etheridge Aug 23, 2015

    i am so impressed by your hand quilting! This is an heirloom quilt to e proud of, for sure.

  • Swooze Aug 23, 2015

    Purple was my first thought too. But I think you’re gonna like the brown I think it looks good. Do you lay the thread on your top to audition it? “Congrats on your completed star quilt. Looks like I’ll be binding with you again I had to take mine out on my T-shirt quilt and redo it.

  • Quilter Kathy Aug 23, 2015

    Congratulations on such a beautiful starry finish! It’s so gorgeous… the texture is just delicious! So awesome also that you put another quilt on the frame right away!

  • Cathy L Aug 23, 2015

    Congrats on that gorgeous finish!
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  • Pattieknitter Aug 23, 2015

    You might want to take some test stitches with each color of thread. Recently our hand quilting group did a black Amish quilt with a variegated purple thread and the dark purple part was so dark it disappeared into the black. It looked like there was no quilting in the dark purple part. The brown might do that to you also. Black is very tricky to work with.

  • Donna M Aug 23, 2015

    Lovely finish. I am fascinated by your quilt frame. Can you tell us more about it?
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  • Colleen Aug 23, 2015

    I thought you used a hand held metal paddle thing as your “pusher” or thimble ?

    Of course you could both? Or even changed to a different type thimble ?

    Just interested as your hand quilting is fasanating to me

  • Patti Aug 23, 2015

    Congrats on your beautiful quilt~! l don’t envy you quilting on the black :), but it will be awesome when finished.

  • Pam Aug 23, 2015

    You were such an inspiration to me to keep track of my hand-quilting hours – thank you! Congratulations on your finish and good luck on Floral Fantasy . . .

  • Hilda Aug 23, 2015

    Lovely finish – congratulations! I like the close up of your hand quilting 🙂

  • audrey Aug 23, 2015

    Yay! One of my favorite things, getting one quilt finished up and another one in the hoop! It looks fabulous!

  • Sandra B Aug 23, 2015

    Star Garden is beautiful! Congratulations on the finish….I love those stars…and the border treatment just frames the pieced blocks perfectly…
    I am looking forward to seeing how you quilt Floral Fantasy….and to see how you mark the quilting lines…

  • Astrid Aug 23, 2015

    Congrats on the finish! Beautiful quilt! I just bought those leather stick-on thimbles for hand stitching, love them.
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  • Angie in SoCal Aug 23, 2015

    Your finish is oh so lovely, and you hand quilted it fast! That Floral Fantasy is going to be stunning. I too don’t envy you quilting on that black – have made two (machine quilted) and it was difficult. Binding it was worse. But you’ll probably sail through it. I think it’s the lighting that makes or break working with black. I look forward to seeing more of Michele’s quilt. Thanks for sharing, and I invite you to link to WIPs Be Gone to share your finish/progress.
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  • Kaholly Aug 24, 2015

    Wow, is that ever gorgeous!
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  • Rachel Aug 24, 2015

    Holy cow, only seven weeks?! You’re speedy. 🙂 Star Garden is so lovely.
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  • Debra Aug 24, 2015

    Your finished Quilt is beautiful and the new one you have just put on the frame lookes like it is going to be a real winner.
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  • Debra Aug 24, 2015

    Your finished Quilt is beautiful and the new one you have just put on the frame looks like it is going to be a real winner.

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