Purple Reign hand quilting progress

Lest you think I have been slacking off, here is proof that I have been quilting.  I started working on the quilting on this in early winter.  It’s going to be roughly 60 inches square when it is finished.  Normally, you would quilt a quilt from the center out.  I have done that.  However, in the center what I did was quilt just a smidgeon around each shape (smidgeon is a little more than a thread’s width and less than a quarter-inch; it’s a technical term). Then I began working on the borders, where most of the hard work is.  When the borders are finished, I will go back to the center section and echo quilt about every 1/4 inch or so.  It’s okay to do that last, as the quilt will have enough quilting in it to hold it in place.  Nothing will shift on me!

Here are some photos of what has taken place thus far so you know I’m not making this up. Clicking on a photo will open it up to a larger size.

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Do you see all the little brass pins in the quilt?  Those were put there before I started quilting.  It’s called “pin basting,” and is something a hand quilter does to hold the three layers of the QUILT SANDWICH together during the quilting process. (You could thread baste I guess, but it wastes thread, takes a lot longer, and you have to keep threading the needle over and over.  Why bother?!?!?  I have had these brass pins since about 1978.  The same box of them.  They don’t die.  They last and last and last and last.  I bought a new box a few weeks ago to share with you! 

 

coffeepinsAs I am quilting and get close to a pin, I carefully remove it and drop it into this fancy container (a “Bin O’Pins”).  So why brass pins?  Because they last forever!  They are thin and won’t leave holes in your fabric.  Seriously!  So I bought a box of them at wholesale cost, and divided them up into 5 snack-size zip lock bags.  One of these bags might have YOUR name on it! 

 

HandQuiltingSupplies.com is open for business, and five lucky people get to purchase a bag of brass pins at WHOLESALE cost!  All you have to do is visit the shop and place an order for $20 or more and receive a bag of brass pins at wholesale (half-off) cost.  Place your order and use the code BPB-5 to receive your discount.  Pretty easy!  Fancy “Bin O’Pins” not included.

Hope to see you in the shop soon!

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