I actually finished this nine patch last week but had to wait until today to have any sunshine so I could make some decent pictures of it outside.  It’s been so gloomy and gray here in Tennessee this past week.

This was pick stitched with black Finca Perle 8 thread.   Backed with Bella Solids 30’s yellow and bound with the same fabric.  Not a self binding, which is what I initially thought I might do.  I ended up making the binding separate because of the quilting on the back.  I didn’t want the quilting stitches to run out to the edge of the quilt on the backside.  I think it turned out pretty cute though.  It measures 56 X 62 1/2.  The batting is Warm and Natural cotton.

Nine patch 3

Nine Patch (2)

Nine Patch Back

A finish…..and a tip

The flowering snowball is finished.  I’m so tickled with how this quilt turned out and can’t wait to start on the next one.  The quilting went really quickly and I love the old fashioned look and feel of the pick stitching along with the 30’s style fabrics.

Flowering snowball finished 1

Flowering snowball binding

As for the tip, when I started doing the quilting on this one, I knew I wanted my stitches to be roughly 1/4″, with 1/4″ spacing and was trying to figure out how to get fairly close (knowing that eyeballing the stitch length and spacing probably wouldn’t work very well for me).  First I tried marking 1/4″ from the tip of the needle with a black fine point Sharpie, which I then lit on fire hoping to heat set it well enough to last.  It lasted for a while but eventually it started rubbing off and getting harder and harder to see.  So, rather than do that again, I just got the Dremel tool out and scratched the needle shank 1/4″ from the tip.  Now while I know that sounds strange and probably isn’t something most quilters would suggest, it worked like  a charm.  As the needle passes through the fabric, you can feel that scratch on the shank of the needle catch a touch on the fabric and automatically know that you’re at your 1/4″ mark.  While I wouldn’t necessarily suggest using this trick on anything other than cotton fabrics, for fear that it might cause a snag or pull in the fabric, I had no problems at all with this issue on cotton.  While my stitches aren’t perfect and I wouldn’t want anyone to take a ruler to them, they also aren’t supposed to be perfect on this type of stitch so it’s all good!!

Pick Stitching

So I started quilting the flowering snowball Friday but was only able to work on it an hour or so, then for a bit on Saturday, but I’ve been stitching on it all day today and am really loving how quickly it goes! I’ve still got a way to go but at this rate it shouldn’t take very long to be ready to bind and label this one. Can’t wait to finish it and see how it all comes together. Plus, I have to start cutting fabrics for the next one (or two). 🙂 I can’t help myself. I completely LOVE this quilt!Flowering snowball top quilting 1

Second favorite……

Flowering snowball basting Chloe supervising

Princess Chloe Belle supervising and making sure it’s going to be comfy!

Also in response to a question by Rebecca regarding my favorites, I think that the one I’m working on right now is fast moving up the line and may take the 1st place spot! The Flowering Snowball, which was inspired by a quilt I saw on Molly Flanders Makerie blog site. The fabrics and quilting were completely perfect and I HAD to make one the moment I saw it. I’ve just started quilting on it today but am hoping it won’t take too long to finish it. I am already planning to make a couple more in this same pattern.