Purple Rain

It’s raining purple at my house. Lots and lots of purple.

This is a top I am quilting for a client. I am amazed at all that hand stitching!

Cross Stitched Quilt Block

The quilting is pretty simple. Just echo all the shapes inside and around the star. Straight line quilting between the blocks. I can get a bit creative in the two borders, but other than that just keep it simple. You can barely see the quilting on the block above.

I did add some star quilting at the intersection where the blocks meet:

Star quilting

I traced the center portion of the block and made a paper template. I marked the points with a blue washable marker and then used a ruler to connect the dots.

Normally, I wouldn’t mark a customer quilt in this way. However, these blocks are marked with blue lines for the quilting and she will be washing the quilt when it’s finished, so she is okay with the marking.

I can’t tell you how badly I want to just quilt the heck out of this. I mean, look at all that space!

Purple quilt blocks

But the client doesn’t want to invest a lot of money in the quilting so I have to restrain myself. It’s terribly difficult for me! 🙂

It is my hope this will be done so I can deliver it to her tomorrow. I have a few little stars to add at the intersections and the large border left to do. So, if I get off the computer and get to the machine I might get it finished! Okay, I’m off to do my thing….

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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10 Responses to Purple Rain

  1. Jasmine says:

    I really like how your simple quilting enhances her beautiful handwork. It will be so pretty.

  2. Kate says:

    The handwork is gorgeous. Love the quilting motif you are using. Your client will love it

  3. Bonnie in Va says:

    Wonderful quilt. I wouldn’t have thought to do the counted cross stitch as a star for a quilt, said the one with awful eyesight! Your subdued quilting helps make this a sophisticated quilt. Hope you got it finished.

  4. Cath says:

    oh my! isn’t that amazing!

  5. Judy says:

    What a gorgeous quilt!! I so envy those with the patience and skill to do hand work as beautiful as this is. I think your quilting design is perfect. I agree, I would also have a REALLY hard time not quilting the bajeebers out of it! 🙂

  6. That is such a beautiful top, I can totally see going crazy with the quilting to accentuate it. I think that the minimal approach is going to be beautiful too.

  7. Susan says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. I can understand wanting to fill in that space, but sometimes less is more. Your stars in the intersections are the perfect thing.

  8. Tish says:

    Man, I don’t know if I would be able to restrain myself from going crazy with the quilting. What you’ve done so far looks great and the ghost stars that match the centers of the block was a great idea. How do you plan to quilt the borders?

  9. Lisa says:

    I love those ghost stars as well….and the quilt is self is so beautiful in it’s restrained simplicity.

  10. The hand work is amazing, and I like that you added in “ghost” stars at the intersections. I think you client is going to really love how this comes together. 🙂

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