I promised not to keep you waiting, and I won’t, but I’m less than pleased with the end result!
I machine pieced and hand quilted the wall hanging and learned a few things along the way… well, to be honest that was the idea. I just wanted the result to be more polished.
All pictures are clickable to see the details… I could feel myself wincing as I typed this.
First, I had to disassemble the pieced top to adjust the trunk of the larger tree.
This part was actually easier than I expected.
(original trunk was off-center and had to be replaced)
Once that was done I had to make my “quilt sandwich” and begin the hand quilting process.
A “quilt sandwich” consists of your backing, batting, and your top.
As a new hand quilter I was fairly pleased with my progress on the diamond background and my stitching. One thing I have noticed with my hand stitching is that I tend to get smaller stitches as I go. BTW, the pictured needle is about 1 inch long.
Hm… maybe I should do a warmup before I begin on the finished piece?
I also liked my stripped fabric, and that is not a typo! I made the green stripes by sewing together varying green colored strips. However, this also added thickness and made it harder quilt too!
An unexpected flaw in the works was my piecing method. If you must piece together a white background, then you need to use a white backing or thicker batting! All my seams in the white background are showing in the final piece!
That pinned button on the bottom will be sewn on as soon as I post this….
Well, after all that hard work, I simply don’t like
it all those seams in the white field.
However, it was a very good practice session for my next try!
- Nordic Snowflake Quilt (quiltingismytherapy.com)