Monday, June 7, 2010

Too Many Fish

"Over the Limit:  Too Many Fish" is hand pieced.  The fish are fussy cut batiks.  Each fish block is 4" finished.  At the moment I'm trying to decide how to quilt it.  When is not a question, now!  This is a great project for charm squares, since each "fish" can be cut from a 5" square.

One of the pleasures of patchwork by hand is portability.  I did all the block-to-block sewing on a trip to Montana. 

The next Fish quilt combines applique and piecing, and is currently nameless.  Maybe "School's Out."
Here's the finished Baby Bear Paw.  Finished as in pieced, appliqued, quilted, bound, and washed.  I'm always amazed at the difference the last step makes.  This quilt is 100% batiks, with a bamboo batt.

Antonia did a superb job of quilting, which is most obvious on the back, where her beautiful stitching show very strongly against the dark background.

I had some trouble with bearding, which I started to blame on the batt, but not waxing the thread helped a little, and using Thread Heaven  helped a lot.