I originally blogged about this quilt back in February 2007 when I first joined Stashbusters and it is still not completed!
Here is the original photo of the quilt top. Our handsome model is the late Mr. Bud.
The quilt pattern is called Pick A Peck of Pretty Patches and is from McCall"s Quilting magazine October 1999 issue. This quilt was started sometime in 2002 and completed in 2003.
The main reason why it has not been fully completed is that I have more than half of the main blocks hand quilted.
Sadly, this was at a time when my knowledge on batting was none existent. I used Warm & Natural! Now, don't get me wrong, I do like Warm & Natural but NOT for hand quilting. Today, I would choose differently!
The issue is: How do I complete this project without doing a lot of hand quilting?
I am thinking of just loading the quilt on Penelope (my longarm) and cross hatching the nine patches using the white squares. This would stabilize the smaller rectangles in between the nine patch blocks. Hum ... what would I do in the larger rectangles?
As for the main blocks, I guess I could bite the bullet and just continue with the hand quilting. I certainly do not want to tear out the stitches! For the record, I did consider it and decided it was insane ... that's a lot of hand work! Besides, I'd like to give historians something to debate! ;)
What are your thoughts on how I should complete the quilt top? Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.
Thanks for stopping by and assisting me with the custom machine quilting on this quilt top!