I do think I must have ADHD, or another Attention Deficit Disorder, type issue.
Another quilt I am working on was in my lap, today, during this blizzard-like weather we are experiencing and seems like we will continue to “enjoy” for the next week…..
We woke up, yesterday, with about 7″ on the ground and another 7″ fell throughout the afternoon leaving us with 15.6″ a new November record. This is scary, for so early in the Michigan snow season. I am just hoping this is not a tease of what is to come.
Sooo…. I am working on hand quilting another project. Even when this is my view from my usual quilting spot. Ha! It really does look like ADD from here. But in my defense, I have a very active, creative mind. I am constantly having to try something out. And those quilts don’t have near deadlines, so they got put on the back burner.
This one is yet to be named. You are seeing the back. I am doing some outline quilting before I work up a design.
I’m using Aurifil 28 weight thread on this one. That is the gray-spooled, heavier weight one, made for hand quilting. It is still much finer than many of the other hand quilting threads out there, but it does quilt up beautifully. Even with it being finer I am still not finding it any more tangle-y than any other, but I don’t ever seem to have an issue with that anyway. I wonder if it is because I have learned you should always knot, the end of the thread, where you cut your length. Thread is spun in one direction and is meant to be used in that same direction. Thread the needle with the end coming off the spool, cut your length and knot where you cut and you should be good to go.
My backing fabric, shown above, is Robert Kaufman’s Veronica Voile, in Stone. This was one of the 40% off fabrics I got at Pink Chalk Fabric’s going out of business sale. This was one of the few pieces I chose that were not your typical solids. I was happy to see it was a perfect match for the front. You can never be sure when buying fabrics online.
I have used voile, for a quilt backing, only once. It was the perfect match for the quilt top and I questioned using it for a backing, then. I wonder how it has held up…..
If you aren’t familiar with voile, the word rhymes with oil, and is a very fine fabric. One of the most luxurious fabrics you have ever caressed. It’s name is derived from the Latin work veil. It is as light and breezy as a Sunday afternoon. It is often used for blouses, scarves or beachy, flowing curtains.
Voile usually costs a little more, but I LOVE that it is usually 54/55/56″wide. This often means I only need to buy only one length for a quilt back, as opposed to the usual 42″ wide fabric and needing to piece two quilt lengths ($$) to get the width I need. For a lap quilt, it is perfect, not seam needed, making hand-quilting even easier. “Hooray” says all the hand quilters out there!!!
This quilt feels like it will float away as I work on it. You can actually see how light it is where I have it pin basted. It looks loose, not taut, like most quilts in the process of being quilted. I will just be extra diligent with the hand on the underside to keep wrinkles at bay. It quilts like buttah’, I say. Surely I can get this one worked up quickly. I’ll share the front before the year is out. I hope….
Have you ever used voile as a quilt backing?
What’s your weather like? Are you bundled up working on something snuggly??
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