Slow progress, piece by piece, on putting the scraps quilt together.

It’s about half done. A pessimist would say half not-done.

A few people were asking about the quilt-as-you-go method and some interesting questions (and answers) were raised:

  1. Does the batting beard through the seams (because paper piecing effectively presses seams open rather than to one side)? – No, it doesn’t. Not in the least.
  2. Do the spaces between the squares (where the batting is joined) feel any different? Is the quilt any thinner or less ‘quilted’ at these parts? – No, it isn’t.
  3. Does the quilt ‘bend’ more readily at the joins between squares? – No.
  4. Does it feel in all other respects just like a ‘normal’ quilt? – Yes, I think it does.

the back

Really quite amazing what you can do with a few evenings and a needle and thread.

And practically no social life.

Just the way I like it.

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24 Responses to Halfway

  1. Jill says:

    Oooh coming along beautifully šŸ™‚

  2. People used to base their social life around quilting – do you have anyone nearby you could persuade to join you?

  3. lyn lewis says:

    How have you stitched them togather Karen, maybe Ive missed a post but are you stitching right sides tog and stitching thru both block sandwiches ? That would give an exposed join on the wrong side wouldnt it?
    Or are you stitching right sides tog but only stitching thru the top layer of each block? That would mean youd have to stitch the right side/bottom layers of the blocks, on the back, afterwards?
    Does that make sense lol?

  4. Linda D. says:

    Looks wonderful… am full of admiration!!!

  5. lacativad says:

    I think your relationship with the cloth and it’s beautiful manifestations has a lot more going for it than many folks’ so-called “social” life and far more than time spent in cyberspace.

  6. Janice says:

    Karen, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for answering those questions – one of them was mine. Perhaps I’ll try ‘quilting as I go’ for a furure project. As for the social life – well, visiting me in the rest home will be taking up a lot of your time…

  7. Penny says:

    This is lovely! Sometimes needle and thread are all we need!

  8. Marie says:

    Absolutely GORGEOUS! Love how this looks. I’ve always seen quilt-as-you-go using sashing strips but I prefer how this block-to-block method looks. Thanks for sharing!

  9. lyn lewis says:

    Thanks Karen! Im not sure how I missed the stitch together resume………but I did lol

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  11. tina says:

    wow, love it, isnt hand stitching soothing….

  12. Dot says:

    It is always a joy to visit here. Your quilt is coming along beautifully. And it better to spend quality time stitching than socialising when you would prefer to be home. I love my time alone stitching. It is so therapeutic isn’t it?

  13. The quilting really seems to meld the different shades of colour on each block together into a completely harmonious whole. Such a simple, elegant pattern and so beautifully effective. I would much rather sit in peace with my thoughts and my stitching too.

  14. contemporaryembroidery says:

    I am the most anti social person I know and am always happy with just myself for company…maybe it’s a common thing amongst us cloth lovers. Your quilt is very beautiful.

  15. Looking good. Your post has reminded me that quilt as you go is on my list of techniques to try. There’s so much to learn… Thanks for the inspiration.

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