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Farmer’s wife: Quilting

The quilting on my Farmer’s Wife quilt is done. It was done in no time—or so it seemed to me. As I imagined beforehand, I enjoyed re-visiting each square so much.

© 2014 by hs

© 2014 by hs

So another big projects draws to a close. I quilted the outer border in just two days. Now I am only waiting for my fingers to rejuvenate so that I might finish the quilt with a binding. Or rather, with no binding at all.

© 2014 by hs

© 2014 by hs

I had planned to bind the quilt by folding the backing fabric to the front, but it turned out that there is a small distance at one edge of the quilt where the backing fabric is too short. Now I am thinking about finishing the quilt with no binding. The alternative would be to buy binding fabric. Hard decision …

© 2014 by hs

© 2014 by hs

I also thought about labeling each of the 110 squares by embroidering their names on the sashing strips. I would have liked this a lot. But I didn’t come to a satisfactory solution as to how to do it, floss, and colour, without losing the present look and feel. Besides, I think I should have done any embroidery before making the quilt sandwich, so I put the idea aside. So it seems the finishing date is only a few days away.

Farewell, America the Beautiful

Well, it is finally done. America the Beautiful is finished. Hand quilting and binding—all is done. This quilt is one of the biggest I ever made. It sounds stupid, but I never realised that before. It was only when I measured it to calculate how much fabric I would need for the binding that I came to understand that. My stash would not have a single piece of fabric in matching colour that would suffice.

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

I actually had to go and buy some new fabric just for the binding. Normally, I would never do such a thing. I would plan in advance what fabric I to use for a binding. But in this case, well, I might have lost track during this long period of piecing the blocks. And I did not wish a scrappy binding for this quilt.

I went for a soft green, as a matter of fact (you might not be able to discern the colour in this photo). With a cotton batting, the quilt is quite heavy, too.

It was early morning when I took the picture. And I like the effect the sunlight has on the photo: giving the impression of “my” sun (top right corner) rising over the trees and mountains, not yet bright enough to extinguish the light of the stars.

America the Beautiful was inspired by the song of the same title (by Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward). Design by Lynn Lister. Pattern by McCalls Quilting Magazine.

Amish inspires

I adore Amish quilts. I love the plain motifs, the clear colours, and the elaborate quilting. I have a high respect for the Amish in general. I find their way of living, their values, and their craftsmanship truely inspiring.

© 1999 by as

When visiting the US, we travelled through several states, and I liked it best in Dutch Country in Pennsylvania. We stayed a couple of days in Lancaster, and I soked up what I could of the Amish culture.

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

What you see here, is my first attempt at an Amish quilt. It is a wall hanging, 53″ x 53″.

Looking back, I do not know why I chose exactly those fabrics. I am not quite happy with them. The grey of the middle square and the binding is still fine with me. But as for the rest … mmmh.

I like the wall hanging when looked at from a distance, when you can discern nothing but the simple square in a square motif. On a close-up, however, you can examine my hand quilting.

© 2012 by hs

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

The LeMoyne star and the feathered wreath on the grey fabric, as well as the quilt pattern on the light green border were inspired by antique Amish quilts. I understand that these were very popular motifs and maybe still are.

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

For the dark green border, I had to use what quilt stencils I had at hand (which are not many). Most of them were to small for this wide border, and in the end, only my feather stencil qualified for the job.

For marking the quilting lines, I used my brand new retractable chalk pencil. I am never going to use anything else! You get the finest lines, clear and exact, and yet easy to erase. Whether using a stencil, drawing lines with a ruler, or marking free-hand—it is just perfect!