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Tulip Quilt 2

I am slowly going through the handquilting of the tulip quilt.

I decided to quilt the blank blocks with a naturalistic looking tulip, with crosshatching around it.
I found a drawing of a pair of tulips on google image, can't find it now, but will search some more later.

I printed out the drawing and used a permanent marker and some template plastic to draw on to make the template.

I put the darning foot on my machine and a dull needle from another project and sewed along the lines to make perforations.

The little bag on the pic, is a piece of linen with cinnamon in it.
To mark the design, probably more difficult than it had to be since I had already layered and basted the quilt, I put the template over the block I wanted to quilt, then I used the cinnamon bag on the template and rubbed the cinnamon down all the little holes in the template.
When the template was carefully taken off, I used a watersoluble pen to draw up the lines.

I quilted the tulip first, and then I started on the crosshatching.

unfinished tulip block

And finally how the block looks fully quilted.

Constructive criticism is welcome. And how do I avoid bending my quilting needle? Tried a couple of different brands, I must be rather hard on the poor things.



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Jan. 27th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
VERY beautiful. Lemme say that again: very, very lovely.

re: bending -- I have a couple of thoughts, 'cause I've done this. (1) do you stab-stitch? That might help. (2) are you using short-enough needles? When I moved to shorter needles, my stitches got shorter, smaller, neater and my needle didn't bend -- there wasn't enough to do so, if you know what I mean.
Jan. 27th, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC)
I cannot use a shorter one. I am using piecemakers no 12 quilting needle. I use running stitches, since they are much neater than my stab stitching, which i use over the seams, so the stitches stay the same size.
It seems like some areas of the quilt are much more difficult than others. I am using hobbs 80/20 batting, and it seems like sometimes the needle is really difficult to get through and others really easy
Jan. 27th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Simply beautiful!

Bending the needle happens to me with every needle I use for too long. It happens from rocking the stitches as I work and applying countering forces with the fabric and fingers. I've got leather needles that can practically sew in a circle. If I stab stitch they don't bend which keeps them in shape longer but I do seem to bend them up anyway. Of course I've heard you're supposed to use fresh needles after so many hours of stitching to keep them sharp as you work so perhaps my needles just expect me to actually abandon them rather than working until they break. :)
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