I haven’t mentioned my Love Beads quilt for Kim’s Modern Quilt Along in a really long time. I could be something to do with the fact that 1.) It’s barely been worked on in the past several months and 2.) It looks pretty much the same as it did here.

But now that the quilting has been started, the beads are starting to look kind of neat:

Quilted Beads

The light in my house stunk today. It wasn’t much better outside either.

Quilted Beads

Quilted Beads

When I first started quilting this, I felt like it was brilliant–all of the tiny, close together quilting would make it look so unique and contemporary. Now though, I’m thinking about how much it’s sucking to quilt the whole thing. There’s still a lot of beads to be quilted, and even more blank space to be quilted in a yet-to-be-determined pattern. I had no idea how much thread it was going to eat up either! I have a lot of work ahead of me on this.

17 Thoughts on “Quilting The Beads

  1. looks fantastic so far!
    it will be so worth it in the end!

  2. awesome. It’s nice to have a fellow hand quilter in the blogsphere. I totally understand the whole…uh still working on it thing. I get depressed sometimes when i see the post titled “the quilt I made today” truthfully though I love hand quilting. It is so relaxing

  3. It’s worth the thread, believe me. The beads look amazing. Yup I’m a hand quilter too. It’s the best bit, when the quilt really comes alive.

  4. Hand quilters unite! I’ve gotten used to the blank stares when people see me hand piecing and quilting. But I do have my moments of envy for the people who are whipping out quilts left, right and center on their machines.
    But in the end, I much prefer the hand quilted one. For some reason (maybe it’s just me) the machine quilted ones I’ve seen lately have all become more about the machine quilting than the quilt design itself.
    The original design of the quilt seems to take a back seat to what the nifty machine can do with the quilting. So keep on working on those beads, they are fabulous.

  5. ah! Another blog I havent seen yet!!! I love your set up here! Beautiful quilt!

  6. this is looking SO great! I am so impressed with your hand quilting endeavor on this quilt. Love the choice of colors too.

  7. Wow, that’s awesome! Totally impressive.

  8. Oh please keep going – I can’t wait to see it finished. Hand quilting takes a long time but so worth it. At the moment I am in the middle of hand quiliting a quilt and my fingers are callused and sore but I know in the end it will all be worth it.

  9. it’s going to be amazing when it’s finished – and worth all the time and thread! seriously! :)

  10. Wow, Sarah. That quilting is stunning. I’ve never wanted to hand quilt anything until I saw your beads. I’ll have to try it now.

  11. your quilt is so beautiful! I think it’s definitely worth it, it’s a family heirloom in the making!

  12. jane on July 23, 2006 at 7:25 am said:

    lookin good i cant do it better myself

  13. What beautiful quilting. I just stumbled upon your Love Beads and wanted to give you applause for both the Big Idea and the investment of time you’ve made. When we designed the quilt we were so eager to see how it would be interpreted and you’re quilt is a great example. You might be interested to know that Houghton Mifflin (the publisher) bought the photo rights to the original Love Beads quilt to use on the cover of a colleg mathematics text.
    Good luck with the completion of the quilt. It’s not a race, so don’t let it be a stress.
    – Bill Kerr, FunQuilts

  14. Carol Hotchkiss on January 26, 2007 at 9:21 am said:

    Lovely, lovely quilting and done ‘properly’ ie by hand. There is no comparison with machine quilting, as the finish just glows. You can tell how I spend my spare time…..! Good luck!

  15. Inspiring! Keep at it, it’s worth every stitch.

  16. Am beginning to choose fabrics for the same quilt. Your pix are very inspiring! What a great quilt. How far apart are you quilting the circles…looks like 1/8th? And your plans for the background? Would live to know.

  17. Mary on July 14, 2009 at 7:42 pm said:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you hand quilt. When I just recently started taking up quilting, the women looked at me like I had a horn growing out of my head when I said I wanted to hand quilt! I am actually starting this quilt next and could use some advice on the piecing (Mary.Martin@unlv.edu) since this will only be my second quilt. I love the quilting design you did for the beads. Hope to get that good someday.

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