My Rosewood Cottage sampler quilt
Photo overload! I made these blocks off and on from 2001 - 2006 when it finally became a top. Christmas Break I quilted it! Binding and sleeve now complete but I do need a label. This quilt has seen 4 moves, several renovation projects, 2 primary sewing machines, a mid arm, a long arm, every animal we have owned except for 1 since 1989 has seen this in some stage, and 2 boys mostly raised. I'm so glad I finally got this one quilted.
Quilt Inspectors engaged in discussion!
This backing was not wide enough. I pulled blocks from a Greenies Quilting Geese exchange called "Blue, Green, Violet" and added a strip to get the width and create some interest on the back. 2 UFOS mostly busted!
I wish I had kept track of how many threads I used to machine blanket stitch all the applique, and then all the threads I used to machine quilt a few details! I also used Madera Monolon to stitch in the ditch and outline all the blocks and applique. The blocks did not have much room for detailed quilting and I did not want to go tiny and dense so I used just a few fills and a few details in each applique. It turned out to my satisfaction. The only thing I would do differently would be to just piano key the outer border. I think the texture of the feathers just seems too much. I almost quilted a swag with feathers in and piano keys to the outside but scrapped that idea thinking that may have been too formal but that may have been a better approach, however you don't see the quilting, just the texture so hmmmm piano keys! Sometimes you just don't know until it's finished. But I love it, am so happy this piece is done. I loved the appliques and the fun fabrics, the fat cats. I loved the quilt shop where all this stuff was purchased, The Cherry Pit in Gatlinburg, TN. I miss home and will always have these memories.