Friday, July 29, 2011

Finished: Running in Celtic Circles


This one was finished a week ago, but just did the label so now it is really finished. Started it June 6 in an online class with Quilt University because I wanted some handwork. Nancy Chong's instructions were clear and helpful. The bias was actually easy to make. I'd happily do it again. I quilted around the Celtic design, did lines with a double needle and an outer "border" of quilting with a design using chalk and a purchased template. Did this on my DM.

Now I'm quilting K-5 on my HQ-16 in the same scribble style that Valori Wells is known for. For years, I have looked at the machine quilting done by those who have computerized longarms, and you know what it is like - perfect and totally intimidating. I felt like my work was somehow flawed unless it was like that. Last week, I got a book from the library, Radiant New York Beauties and was so happy to find out that it is okay, even acceptable, to not have your leaves all the same or your squiggles lined up neatly. I quickly dropped my burden and declared, "That is how I want to quilt." I might get more formal with time, but this is a lot more fun!

7 comments:

Peg said...

Beautiful, beautiful! Gotta try that some day!

Elaine Adair said...

Finished is GOOOOOD! Lovely as well.

Your last paragraph? that's how I quilt. I am NOT a perfectionist, -- that's waaaaay to rigid for me - give me free form, casual, but still well done. Keeps the stress level low. On all my correspondence, the closing ALWAYS says "Peace." 8-))

Jeanne said...

It's beautiful, Elsie!

Elaine Adair said...

Me again - regarding free-form quilting, look for books by Kathy Sandbach. She is no longer quilting, due to illness, but for a while she was quilting for the best!, and her style is very freeing and 'carefree' yet lovely. I don't know if she used a long arm or a DSM, but it doesn't matter one bit - either method does the job.

Brita said...

I much prefer quilting that has personality rather than perfection! Love that Celtic piece, it's awesome.

LC said...

Thanks, friends. I like it too, was nice to sit and stitch by hand for a change.

Ullan tilkut said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! I love that quilt! It's fantastic! Thank you for your lovely blog! It's so nice to find other quilters from the other side of the world! :)