I can't believe I have stitched the final hand quilted stitches into my Smitten Quilt. This quilting adventure has take me most of the year but I have never more enjoyed hand stitching and hand quilting.
When I first started this quilt - fussy cutting was not on my agenda. I had only bought Fat 16ths of my fabrics so this mostly wasn't possible with that size of material. However as the year went on and I got my hands on some larger pieces of fabric just perfect for fussy cutting I could not resit adding in a few here and there.
I have always loved Hand quilting and as I went along English Paper Piecing the top I knew that I wanted to hand quilt this as wee. I tried to make the hand quilting quite random, some hexagons are quilted around all sides and some not at all.
For Hand quilting I used Aurifil 12 wt threads in a variety of colours. Mostly matching fabrics and coloured threads as I went. These have a beautiful sheen to them and the perfect thickness for hand quilting. I also used Tulip Embroidery Needles - Sharps. These have the perfect flex and size to the needle for such a big task.
I came across this "April Showers" fabric by Lewis and Irene earlier this year and purchased enough for the backing. As soon as I saw it I knew it was perfect for this Smitten. I then placed a few fussy cuts of this sweet girl into the front to tie them both together.
I am definitely Smitten with this quilt and I hope you have loved reading about my adventure along the way.