Vou começar mais uma empreitada, mais um grande quilt e, desta vez é quase todo acolchoado à mão!
I’m going to start another big project, another big quilt, and this time it’s almost all hand quilted!
When Constança first shared her constellation quilt I immediately thought: “this is a project for me to do in the future!” Some years went by and I gained some experience with bigger quilts so I finally felt able to embark on this adventure among the stars. Gradually I bought the HapticLab kit and started to choose the materials to use on it. The quilt kit comes with a small guide, but I confess that it is not very helpful regarding the choice of the main materials so, in this case, my previous experience is worth everything. Not that anyone can’t do it because you can, but for a piece of work that requires so much investment and time, for me it is essential to make good material choices.
I chose a dark blue quilting cotton for the front because I didn’t want the compromise of the lighter shades of cobalt, but I also didn’t like the idea of removing the “blue sky imaginary” from the quilt. I prefer to give it a special twist in other details. For the back, I didn’t overthink it and chose white, especially because I don’t want it to have any influence on the quilt and because, being hand quilted, I wanted to make it clean for the stitches to be visible from the back. My batting is 80% cotton. I always prefer 100% cotton but I confess that I have the feeling that they end up shrinking slightly and, in this case, I didn’t want to take any chances. I selected a 40 cotton thread to quilt the guidelines (I still haven’t decided if I will machine quilt this part or not), embroidery 6 threads thread in the most subtle metallic tones I found, and 8 cotton embroidery thread in white and some shades of blue (I’m not really sure how I will use it yet). I equipped myself with quilting and embroidery needles, a good leader thimble and the biggest frame I had.
This is a project for many months of work, mainly because during the summer the heat will not let me work taht hard on it. So it is a project that you won’t get that much news on the blog in the meantime, but that you can follow it more regularly on my instagram and facebook accounts!