The last heart took place mid-month, so I had a couple of weeks to get it together....and I did!
I ended up using the border fabric that I've had in my stash for quite a few years, and am happy with the end result.
As soon as I was able, I snuck this quilt onto the longarm to be basted...
I don't know if hand-quilters know that this is a service that a longarmer can offer. In the past I spent many afternoons crawling around the living room floor basting quilts that were stretched out and pinned to the carpet. What a pain, literally!
I knew a couple of months ago when this quilt was hanging on the design wall that it was begging for hand-quilting. What an absolute pleasure it was to sit and get the first stitches into the quilt. I don't know how to explain the peaceful feeling to someone who doesn't enjoy stitching with their hands.
I wish I could get decent photos of the quilting process. I love the texture of hand-quilting...
I am very glad to have taken on this project which has resulted in such a special quilt.
My husband hasn't seen me quilt a full-sized quilt before. When I picked it up yesterday to poke at a bit, he said how he thought I had finished already. lol....I thought he was joking, but no he wasn't....he just had no idea that this will be ongoing for a few months.
I am linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching, and with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for Oh,Scrap!.
I am also linking with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal!
By the way, is anyone taking part in the year-long sewalong just started lately? It is to commemorate Canada's 150th birthday next year.
There will be three blocks released every week 'til we have all 150 6" blocks!
There is still time to join in, as we are just at week #2. I have the first week done, but will be re-doing them as I want to make the blocks red and white instead of red and tan....now's the time to make the switch before I'm too far along!....
I think I'll try to find time this afternoon to get these re-done.
You can read about this quilting project here. Oh, and every block comes with a story of an important woman in Canadian history!
I am linking this post to the linky party that Audrey is hosting at Quilty Folk for Quilty365.
Have a great day!