Hand Quilting a Vintage Log Cabin Quilt
It's December, and everywhere I go I hear coughing. Deep, gripping coughing. There's a rotten cold going around our area, and I'm two and a half weeks into it. I did my duty of self-care, and canceled the monthly sewing group. I rested, t.v. binged, and quilted. Still, a dry cough just hangs on. This one is a doozy.
Small Stitches in Perle Cotton No. 8
I imagine I am close to halfway through the quilting now. It hasn't been an exercise in perfection, but that will only add to the overall, authentic feel. This quilt is destined to be used in my home, on a bed, and slept under. It's far too radiant to hide away!
The whole top was hand pieced in tiny stitches decades ago. I've rarely come across any seams that were short or pulled, and all seem quite square. I can't imagine why it wasn't quilted, but it spoke to me to be finished. In hindsight, it might have been done already had I stuck with traditional quilting thread, and a square pattern. But instead, I quilted down the middle of each log with a pale gray, Perle cotton no. 8, and smaller stitches. It's not speedy work that way, but I get to soak in each of the vintage fabrics as I work. This is truly a Scrappy Quilt Lover's dream project!
The dogs don't need an invitation to help me out.
I spray basted the layers before starting, and have kept the bulk folded flat and fastened with large safety pins. It stays in place, and makes moving my pvc frame around much easier. I lay the quilt flat on the floor to refasten the clips each time, and check to make sure there is no bunching in the backing. There is more concentrated weight to the quilt in this manner, but I don't mind so much during the winter months. It's cozy quilting.
Slow stitching is good for the soul.
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More posts about this quilt and vintage textiles~
Finding Your Sweet Spot in Quilting Pt.I
Finding Your Sweet Spot in Quilting Pt. II
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.