Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Quilting Away My Days


This quilt is called "Sherman's March" and belongs to a no blog quilter so I don't think she would mind my sharing where I am at with it. I'm quilting away my days on this one and hope to have it back out in the mail to her by Friday. I absolutely love how quilting plays across the quilt top. I stitched in the ditch to "stabilize" the quilt before quilting the motifs. This is something to keep in mind while you are quilting your top; consider your stitch in the ditch quilting as your stablizer and then play with fun designs to make your blocks POP!

61 comments:

Shelley said...

Mary, I want to quilt like you when I grow up! LOL :) It's beautiful!

Rita said...

Beautiful, Mary! The quilting really does pop.

Stitched With Prayer said...

OH Mary...That quilt was lovely before you quilted it, but now... it is absolutely breathtaking. Thanks so much for posting the photos.
Hugs...

Rebecca P said...

The quilt is so pretty, & I love the design you have quilted. Wonderful!

Janet said...

I love the quilting designs you're using in the open squares - it adds movement besdes looking very pretty! :0)

Stray Stitches said...

The quilt is beautiful. But your quilting really enhances the whole thing!

Sherry said...

Mary so beautiful I love how your quilting it. Also thanks for the tip about stitching in the ditch first Great idea to always do if we can.

Weatherbee ;) said...

Oh my gosh...it looks amazing! What a wonderful quilt.

Mary said...

You have really enhanced that quilt!
I wish i could do that. I am sooo jealous!

Millie said...

Mary, beautiful quilting! Always nice to visit you.

andsewon said...

It is a pretty top but your quilting just makes it beautiful!!!
Lola

The Cozy Quilter said...

I love the quilting in the big white squares. It complements the overall design very nicely. You do wonderful work.

Mary Lou Casada said...

I KNEW it would turn out fabulous!! :-D The swirls not only pop, but they soften the "marching" of Sherman all over the quilt. I've not mastered the "in the ditch" with my Hobby Quilter, yet, but I've got lots of UFO's to practice on. LOL
Blessings,
Mary Lou

Stina said...

Love it Mary... not to much to take away from the lovely blocks.. You are FANTASTIC..:O))

Quiliting in Mequon said...

Hi Mary... What a stunning job you did on the quilt and the quilt is beautiful...Keep up the wonderful job... :)

Cindy said...

Thank you Mary. I try to listen to anything you have to say....well, on quilting atleast....LOL

This one is a beauty. How many hours do you think you'll have into this gorgeus one?

Darlene said...

It's stunning, Mary!

Gretchen said...

Such gorgeous quilting, Mary! Perfect for that quilt.

paulette said...

OMG~STUNNING!! You are such a master at your craft!!
Paulette

Carrie P. said...

Awesome pattern to fill in the white blocks. Great job!

Jackie said...

Gorgeous! I love the pattern of the quilting with the blocks. A nice complement to each other.

Great tip about stitching it the ditch to stabilize everything.

Vivian said...

Such a beautiful quilt, and I especially admire the design you've put into the open spaces. As I quilt my own quilts, the open spaces petrify me. Your lovely design fills in the spaces so beautifully.

Pat said...

Such a beautiful quilt. Very classic. Your quilting is just right!

Karen said...

A lot of work machine quilting that. I think that must be the version by Bonnie Blue Quilt patterns.

Debi said...

Beautiful quilting on a lovely quilt.

Loris said...

Wonderful choice for quilting. It really adds alot of interest. Beautiful!

Barb said...

I love how you are quilting it....just wonderful!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Wow Mary, that quilting is luscious! Nice quilt too!

Deb said...

The quilting is absolutely beautiful! This person is lucky to have you quilting for her.

everythingquilts said...

the quilt and your quilting are beautiful! I grabbed your button.

Shakerwood said...

Stunning work, as usual!

Kaaren said...

Great job, Mary!

That is going to be a real beauty when it's done.

ann hermes said...

The quilting is perfect for the quilt. Lovely work!

Kim said...

Perfect quilt motif for this one. Love this quilt!

Pat said...

That quilting is absolute PERFECTION....you caught the feel of that quilt perfectly with the quilting you are doing on it!

Jo said...

WOW...WOW. Mary that is totally awesome. The lady you are doing it for is going to FLIP.

Jeni said...

how beautiful is that quilt.....
how is Lexie going???????

Quilt Rat said...

Stitch in the Ditch to stabilize is a terrific way to ensure a nice even finish to your quilt......and if you only want those pretty motifs stitch in the ditch with water soluble thread and it will all disappear once you have wet it after you've finished the quilting

quiltingnana said...

the motifs are wonderful and really set off the quilt blocks

Fiesta said...

Beautiful Mary. I want to quilt like you.

WoolenSails said...

You really have a wonderful gift with quilting designs, really beautiful stitching.

Debbie

Dawn said...

It's awesome how your quilting makes it come alive! Just stunning :)

Pokey said...

Thank you for sharing the advice, your quilting is beautiful here!

Sharon said...

WOW...that quilting design just makes that quilt even more beautiful...great job!

Nancy-Jane said...

This. Is. Absolutely. Gorgeous!

Connie said...

Beautiful quilt and beautiful quilting! Do you mark your patterm or is it all freehand? JUst beautiful! wish i could do this..... Have a great week!

Janet said...

That is a beautiful quilt and I love the quilting design on it.

Joyful Quilter said...

Wow! Beautiful!

Teresa said...

Beautiful quilt...both the top and your fabulous quilting!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Cathi said...

That is stunning -- your quilting really adds a wonderful element!

QuiltSue said...

That looks fabulous. I love the motif you used in the white areas.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Incredible quilting design, it looks intricately carved!

Stephanie said...

Spectacular quilting on a lovely quilt.

Rose said...

That quilting 'dances' across the top...sure is beautiful.

Lynn said...

What a beautiful quilt and absolutely beautiful quilting! Thanks for the tip about stitching in the ditch. If you recommend it, then I am definitely trying it!

Anonymous said...

The quilting is beautiful! It looks so nice on the quilt.

Nancy E

Red Geranium Cottage said...

That is beautiful Mary!

Kim D. said...

Mary, your quilting is gorgeous, if you lived closer I'd be right over with a stack of quilts. :)

Dora, the Quilter said...

Beautiful quilt; beautiful quilting.
I've never heard of that block being called Sherman's March. I know it only as Snowflake--and I'm thinking about making a blue and white one. Very interesting. (Maybe that's because I used to live where Sherman did march! Hmmmmmm.)

Barb said...

Love those swirls in the plain blocks!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

It's stunning Mary - really just stunning! Thank you SO much for the tip about stitching in the ditch first - too! I'm going to remember that - and try it (when I stop being a chicken that is LOL)!