The Return Of The Quilt

My superking sized quilt has arrived back in France having been on a journey to Yorkshire via Bournemouth for its appointment with a longarm quilting machine.

It measures something like 98 x 88 inches and, although I could have done it myself using the quilt as you go method as I have done with my previous sampler quilts, I really fancied an edge to edge design for this one and there was no way I was wrestling that bulk under my domestic machine.

The light isn’t very good at the moment – bad weather has descended – and the backing fabric is a richer cream than you can see here with a sort of feather pattern but you can see the quilting quite well.  The design is called ‘hearts on a string’ and I chose it because it’s nice and ‘flowy’ and I felt it wouldn’t overpower the sampler blocks or make the quilt too stiff.

 There are so many patterns to choose from and it was difficult to visualise but I’m really pleased with my choice.

Here it is, on the right side of the quilt, across one of the blocks.

That’s all I’m showing you at the moment because I need to decide on binding and then attach it so I’ll save the big reveal until after I’ve done that.

I’m unsure about the colour of binding to use as the back of the quilt is a deep cream colour, which also features in a lot of the blocks, but there is quite a lot of charcoal and other greys on the front, especially in the border.  I thought about dusky pink but, as the pink is mostly a highlight colour amongst the neutrals and greys, I think it might stand out a bit too much.  Ideally, I want to use stash fabric so I’ll have to have a rummage and see what I can come up with.

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  1. #1 by nottaholiday on November 10, 2019 - 08:07

    tada- it looks wonderful. It is very close to that elusive stage of construction, I like to call “finishment”. So satisfying.
    Ive just wrapped up a 2 month-ish online watercolour course, and even got my quilt piecing mojo back and have whipped up a quilt top, hence the radio silence.

    • #2 by tialys on November 10, 2019 - 16:29

      Aah, I wondered where you had disappeared to – I have missed your humorous posts.
      I thought you were concentrating on writing courses and now you’ve branched out into painting and ‘whipped up’ a quilt top. I wonder you ever had time to go travelling 😉
      I like the word ‘finishment’ and, once I’ve settled on the binding, that’s definitely what will be happening.

  2. #3 by thecontentedcrafter on November 10, 2019 - 08:34

    It looks lovely – looking forward to seeing what you come up with 🙂

    • #4 by tialys on November 10, 2019 - 16:26

      I’m going to try to hurry up with it a bit as it’s taking up too much room in my workroom and I haven’t even started with Christmas gifts yet.

      • #5 by thecontentedcrafter on November 10, 2019 - 19:07

        Oh my – and there’s barely six weeks to go …….

      • #6 by tialys on November 11, 2019 - 09:00

        Do I detect a note of sarcasm Miss Pauline? Six weeks will go by in a flash and I was determined to give mostly hand made gifts this Christmas.

      • #7 by thecontentedcrafter on November 11, 2019 - 09:21

        Nope, no sarcasm at all. It was more a slight sense of panic coming off me…….

      • #8 by tialys on November 11, 2019 - 09:28

        😄 Ah! I thought you were being a bit cavalier about it. Don’t panic – there’s always the shops in a gift emergency.

      • #9 by thecontentedcrafter on November 11, 2019 - 18:44


  3. #10 by Wild Daffodil on November 10, 2019 - 08:37

    That is beautiful! Love the hearts on a string design.

    • #11 by tialys on November 10, 2019 - 16:25

      It’s a pretty design isn’t it and I think the hearts are a nice idea as it’s our 30th wedding anniversary at the end of the month when I might even have it finished!

  4. #12 by nanacathy2 on November 10, 2019 - 10:11

    Isn’t this pretty. I wonder what the finished quilt will look like.

    • #13 by tialys on November 10, 2019 - 16:24

      All will be revealed once the binding is on. It is quite neutral in colour, if you remember, so don’t expect an explosion of brights.

  5. #14 by DawnGillDesigns on November 10, 2019 - 10:18

    That’s such a pretty pattern. Interesting yet relaxing.

    • #15 by tialys on November 10, 2019 - 16:23

      Yes – not too fussy.

  6. #16 by katechiconi on November 10, 2019 - 11:49

    It’s looking gorgeous! How about a flange binding, where the main binding has a separate small ‘piping’ of a contrasting colour. You could do a charcoal binding with a pink piping, maybe, or beige instead of pink?

    • #17 by tialys on November 10, 2019 - 16:23

      I had to look that up. I like the look of it but it might be a step too far with this enormous quilt as I’ve never attempted it before. However, I do like the idea of it for my little circular ‘plates’ wall hanging which I thing would be set off nicely with a flange.

      • #18 by katechiconi on November 10, 2019 - 22:34

        It’s actually almost exactly like ordinary binding to apply, there’s just an additional step in sewing the two strips together edge to edge. But yes, it might be best to start with something smaller!

  7. #19 by KerryCan on November 10, 2019 - 12:53

    I hope you finish it chop-chop–looking forward to the big reveal!!

    • #20 by tialys on November 10, 2019 - 16:21

      Ooh, you slave driver you. I would like to get it out of the workroom and on to the bed so I’ll do my best.

  8. #21 by craftycreeky on November 10, 2019 - 13:50

    It looks lovely, which Long Arm quilter do you use?

    • #22 by tialys on November 10, 2019 - 16:20

      I used Fiona at Quilt Sandwich in Bridlington. I came across her site because I was looking for extra wide quilt backing fabric and she has a big variety online. I noticed she had a longarm quilting service and decided it would suit me, as I’m in France, not to have to send her the wadding and backing fabric as well as the flimsy but have her provide it and, if she does, you pay slightly less for the quilting too.

      • #23 by craftycreeky on November 10, 2019 - 18:06

        Ooh, I might look at Quilt Sandwich for my Coming Home quilt, I usually get my backings from her.

      • #24 by tialys on November 10, 2019 - 18:41

        She does have a good selection doesn’t she – even batiks.

  9. #25 by kathyreeves on November 10, 2019 - 15:00

    I love the quilting pattern you chose, and looking forward to the big reveal! I am partial to charcoal…I have had a few quilts with light bindings and I think they show wear and dust more quickly. (not that your house is dusty, but with the pets, there seems to be more stuff floating about 🙂

    • #26 by tialys on November 10, 2019 - 16:16

      Well, it is a bit dusty actually and I can’t blame it all on pets either as I tend towards the more ‘minimalist’ style of housekeeping – there’s always something more interesting to do. The quilt is destined for our bedroom on the top floor and that is a ‘no go’ area for pets. I do have charcoal sashing and borders so I was thinking of lifting it slightly with the binding. I’m desperately trying to find something in my existing stash to offset the money I’ve spent on having it quilted

      • #27 by kathyreeves on November 10, 2019 - 23:51

        You know, I bet some of the blush and neutrals mixed in with the charcoal and lighter might work well. A little scrappy, but not overly so? Then you could use stash. Just a thought!

      • #28 by tialys on November 11, 2019 - 09:13

        I think I’ve found something in my stash that will do now Kathy – it’s a sort of blurry mix of neutrals I used as binding for my hatbox wall hanging. I didn’t think there’d be enough of it but it’s amazing how many 2.5 inch strips you can get out of a fairly small piece of fabric when you try 😀

      • #29 by kathyreeves on November 11, 2019 - 14:51

        That sounds perfect!

  10. #30 by The Snail of Happiness on November 10, 2019 - 17:24

    It looks fabulous

    • #31 by tialys on November 11, 2019 - 08:57

      Thank you, I’ve finally got a quilt that will actually fit right over the bed instead of balancing on top – at least I will when I’ve attached the binding.

  11. #32 by claire93 on November 10, 2019 - 19:48

    Fiona did a great job and the hearts you chose look lovely!
    Hmmm binding colour . . . I can’t remember exactly how much pink and beige you have on the front in blocks, but I do think pink would look nice up against the charcoal grey borders on the front.

    • #33 by tialys on November 11, 2019 - 09:03

      She did do a grand job. The problem is getting the right sort of pink. I asked for ‘dirty’ pinks in the blocks – well I actually said ‘dusky’ I think – but all my current stash fabrics are a bit ‘sugary’ or too bright. The pink was really only supposed to be there to lift the neutrals and greys a bit so it might look a bit ‘sudden’ to have an all pink border. I have found some fabric in Liberty stash that I used for the border of my hatbox wall hanging which is a sort of blurry mix of neutrals and I think that might work.

      • #34 by claire93 on November 12, 2019 - 13:35

        more Liberty – how posh!!!

      • #35 by tialys on November 12, 2019 - 13:39

        That’s me 🤣

  12. #36 by Dartmoor Yarns on November 10, 2019 - 20:29

    Quilt as you go sounds a total nightmare to me.
    Quilt looks lovely – looking forward to the big reveal.

    • #37 by tialys on November 11, 2019 - 09:11

      QAYG – as its friends refer to it – is great. It means you can be a bit braver with the quilting design and, if it’s a sampler quilt, you can adapt the design to each block. Then it’s easier to handle if you’re hand quilting or a doddle to get each block under the machine before ‘sashing them up’. It works very well for quilts made from blocks but I’m not sure I’d tackle any other sort. The only bit I’m not keen on is hand stitching the sashing down on the back but I prefer to do that rather than see the machine stitching.

      • #38 by Dartmoor Yarns on November 11, 2019 - 10:34

        It’s the hand stitching that’s putting me off, plus friend who has done QAYG on a reversible quilt, so it’s been very hard work getting everything to line up on both sides.

      • #39 by tialys on November 11, 2019 - 10:56

        But you’ve done hand quilting haven’t you? Should be a doddle for you as the hand stitching involved is just like hand stitching the binding down at the end. One of my F2F quilts is reversible – although I never do reverse it as one side is much prettier than the other – and I really didn’t find it that hard to line up. I followed a tutorial by an Australian lady except I think she leaves the edge of the strips free on the top and machines it down (suggesting you might like to hand stitch it) whereas I prefer to do that on the reverse side. Here if you’re interested

      • #40 by Dartmoor Yarns on November 11, 2019 - 14:05

        But hand stitching takes ages!

      • #41 by tialys on November 11, 2019 - 14:28

        Tut! 🙄

  13. #42 by Lynda on November 10, 2019 - 22:02

    Truly beautiful, and I can’t wait for the big reveal. 🙂

    • #43 by tialys on November 11, 2019 - 09:12

      I’ve chosen the binding now and cut it into strips so it shouldn’t be too long.

      • #44 by Lynda on November 12, 2019 - 13:31

        ❤ 🙂

  14. #45 by magpiesue on November 11, 2019 - 18:36

    Hearts on a string is a perfect pattern to use for what could become your anniversary quilt. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing the big reveal!

    • #46 by tialys on November 12, 2019 - 09:05

      It’s a nice one isn’t it. I’m going to try to get the binding attached this weekend – or at least the front – the hand stitching to the back might take a little longer.

  15. #47 by Laurie Graves on November 12, 2019 - 13:49

    Beautiful! Love those hearts. I’m with magpiesue: Perfect for an anniversary quilt. Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

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