Dec 09 17

Picking up An Old Quilt Project

Remember this quilt top center?  I am going on almost 1 1/2 years since I first started making blocks for the center section of this quilt.  This past summer, I appliqued/embroidered the first border area and I finally added them on last week.  Here is what the top looked like at the end of last weekend:

Ooh-la-la!!  I am simultaneously excited and scared as I am moving ahead on this project.  Excited because the drama of these appliques against the stark black fabric backdrop makes my heart flutter.  Scared because I think I should quilt it with black thread and I know this will be a nightmare for me vision-wise!  My vision is actually pretty good for someone my age, but seeing tiny stitches of black thread on black fabric will be really, really, tough for these old eyes.  I am plodding ahead, though, and am now working on the next applique border section.  This shot below is the first of the 4 outermost border sections:

I need to add another dark blue border before the final applique border, but the end is in sight!


  1. Pat Says:

    Invest in craftoptics or other medical/dental loupes. Currently I have headband magnification, and will get craftoptics when I can afford it. It really makes a difference! I am having the reverse problem, white on white. Not easy. This is SUCH a beautiful project. Wow.

  2. Theresa Says:

    Wow! Beautiful quilt top; I know it will be stunning when completed! Can’t wait to see how you quilt it!! Keep us posted w/ lots of photos!

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  4. Robbi Imhoff Says:

    Gorgeous quilt. I love Blue and black combined. So dramatic.

  5. Diane Evans Says:

    Gorgeous, Patsy — have you considered using dark purple thread? I have done that on black backgrounds, and the thread is not distracting once it’s quilted, but it’s easy to see if you need to un-sew.

    Can’t wait to see this finished — don’t be scared! Jump in! You have this, girlfriend!


  6. Janice Says:

    Dark purple on black fabric sounds like something to try. I did white on white and called the quilt “Snow Blind” because that’s what I was while quilting it.