Feathered Cheddar Quilt Top: Complete!

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It took a couple of months, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this quilt has turned out!   It does everything I wanted it to do.  I wanted to:

  • make a hand quilted quilt (I love hand quilting!)
  • make a traditional 4-block quilt
  • make a traditional two-color quilt
  • use the old “cheddar” color which was popular back in the mid-late 1800’s
  • make something that was traditional, yet very contemporary in appearance

Fewer and fewer quilters are hand quilting their own work.  Many are sending their quilt tops out for others to machine quilt on something called a “long arm” quilting machine.  The machines are very expensive, and while there many machine quilters who are very talented, there are also many more that are not.  I don’t hand quilt every single quilt I make. But I try to have one in the frame or quilting hoop as much as possible.

I can’t start quilting on it right away.  This baby needs just the right FEATHERS quilted on it, which means it will take me awhile to mark the design on the quilt.  And there is plenty of room to quilt a beautiful design!!! 

Thanks to my dear hubby for holding it up for me to take a picture for you!

The quilt is 100 percent Kona cotton, appliquéd by hand.  I think I’ll quilt it in navy thread so the feathers are more visible.  Yippie!  So excited! 

Kind of reminds me of my second book: