Monday, December 06, 2021

Traveller's Blanket Update

I've been doing a lot of slow stitching, mostly on my Traveller's Blanket and then posting on Instagram. There have been lots and lots of hours pleasantly spent stitching and now quilting it.

Quilting the Traveller's Blanket

The last update on my Traveller's Blanket was October 11, 2021. I was showing you my daily stitching on the #100dayschallenge on Instagram. At the time I was up to day 37/100. On Day 39, I started quilting the background of the right top corner of the piece. This picture was taken about a week ago.

Slowly quilting around each piece 

Here is a close-up that was taken a few days after.

Stitched top-right corner

I'm doing all of the quilting with sewing or quilting thread. Most of them are King Tut Superior variegated thread. I love the look of it although you can mostly see the changes in colour when you're up-close.

It turns out that I have lots of this type of thread 😊

At one point I got bored of making straight-ish lines, so I quilted a swirl. Because the centre was puffing up, I added a few French Knots. 

A quilted swirl and French Knots

Right now I'm working beneath the hexie, which is at the right bottom corner of the piece. 

Stitching the bottom right corner

Here is the difference between looking at the thread colour from the front of the hand-dyed fabric, vs the back of the quilt on white fabric. The pictures above and below were today's (Day 64/100) Instagram post.

This is the back of the blanket, with the
variegated thread against the white background

What I learned
  • I'm really enjoying the quilting part and I usually listen to an audiobook at the same time. Last week I listened to many of them. It was very Zen.
  • Of course I did get bored and did some stitching in a swirl. It went well but since there is so much going on in the piece, I don't think that I should do that too often. 😊
  • It's also difficult to post just plain stitching on Instagram so I try to include the shapes around it. They are quite popular - it must be all that yummy colour :-)
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  1. I've been enjoying watching you stitch this on IG and I really love love your hand dyed fabric.

    1. Thanks Denise. I may have had the same problem as you had earlier - I left a message on your post but it may not have gone through. This project is going to be a while in the making still.

  2. This is so beautiful. I love the way you quilting is adding extra dimensions :)

    1. Thanks so much Janine. The quilting does add a lot to it, even if it's very slow stitching. Take care.

  3. This is such a wonderfully fun and beautiful project. French Knots are a great addition.


    1. Thanks so much Soma. I love stitching it although it is very slow going :-) Take care.

  4. Très bel ouvrage, j'aime beaucoup ces grands points et ces fils colorés ! Magnifique.

    1. Merci beaucoup Frédérique. Je viens de reprendre le projet. Il y avait trop de distrations durant le temps des fêtes! Bonne et heureuse année!

  5. Your Travellers Blanket is gorgeous, Andree! You always inspire with all your pretty stitching. May you enjoy a wonderful Christmas. Hopefully you can celebrate with your loved ones. I look forward to seeing what new and exciting stitching you imagine in the new year♡

    1. Thanks so much Kim. It was good to enjoy the holidays but it's come to an end too quickly. I hope that you were able to celebrate with your loved ones. Mine were mostly here, except my son, who ended up getting the Covid variant. He's fine and wouldn't have known that he had it had he not been tested. All the best for 2022! love, Andrée


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