I love hand quilting though it takes time. The result is what I really look for! It gives life to the top.
Here are a few pictures of my progress on Yoko Saito's basket. I still have three sides to quilt and I will be ready for the finishing process! Finally!!!! Yes, I'm a bit long ....
Bottom of basket close-up photos :
Side of basket close-up photo :
Do you want to see what tools I use for quilting ?
It is a very relaxing process. I do not use a hoop for small pieces! I use a weight instead.
I was taught how to quilt like this by Reiko Kato and Yoko Saito.
What is, I think, most important in the quilting process is the basting part! The 3 layers (top, batting and backing) really need to be well basted.
Here is my quilt top just basted and ready to be hand quilted :
I wish you a wonderful week and thank you for your very nice comments ;-)
Next post will be about a beautiful exhibition of traditional quilts inspired by antique quilts from different museums. Lovers of traditional quilting, hand-sewing and hand-quilting, do not miss the post!!! The quilts are breathtaking!
Edit for Jenny: The weight is used to maintain the top when quilting. It is used because the piece is too small for being placed in a hoop. You can then pull on the top and have the tension you want. Here on this video, you can see Yoko Saito showing us how to quilt. In this demo, she has only one single fabric (not a three-layer top) in order for us to see the ceramic thimble under the fabric. The weight has a handle. It's a different weight from mine but is used the same way. Hope it makes things clearer...