Ladies and gentlemen, after at least two years, I am proud to announce that I have finally completed my Sanctuary Quilt, binding and all! Now, I have just been working on it here and there. Otherwise, I'm sure I would have finished it much sooner. Yeah, I get easily distracted when it comes to sewing!
This pattern was from a quilt kit I had purchased from Hawthorne Threads. The finished size is 85.5"X85.5" which works well for a double or a queen sized bed. Although, I would have preferred a bit more length to hang down the foot of the bed.
I decided to hand quilt it using Perle Cotton #12, and I switched to Perle Cotton #8 for the border. I think I prefer the bolder Perle Cotton #8. A good needle to use with this thread, I found was a Bohin chenille needle size 24. I went with a basic Baptist fan design. I cut out my own stencils using manila tag folders and traced the design with water soluble marker. I quite like this design for an all over quilting pattern. I think the curviness contrasts with the angular block pattern.
And so, I spent many a cold winter evening and many a summer afternoon under the shade of the elm quilting away. Time-consuming as it was, I found it quite relaxing.
Hand sewn binding! Yah! I've always loved this part and I think my stitches have actually improved. I was aiming for 1/8" between stitches and an almost invisible stitch. I'm pretty happy with the results. I love sewing those corners.
Well, after spending so much time with this quilt in my quilt hoop, I finally get to enjoy cuddling up and actually using it. It was definitely a fun project, and I would recommend every quilter hand quilt a quilt at least one time!
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