steps to a final

Stages for quilting an art quilt

Preparation of the final quilt top includes a careful pressing and trimming of any bad seams.

Here is the finished pieced top for the first of the Pundit pieces. I decided to use a neutral gray green instead of bright red for the head in front.

 Pundit, quilt top in progress

Pundit, quilt top in progress

Preparing a back for the piece was a simple matter of assembling the scraps of fabric I had from the top. A simple geometric stacking does the trick.

 Pundit, quilt back in progress

Pundit, quilt back in progress

Here the piece is sandwiched with the backing and the batting and basted for stability. I do this by hand with a slightly thicker thread that is easy to tear away as I start stitching. While stitching I get to know the surface of the quilt, noticing any bumps or bulges. I also plan the stitching patterns at this stage. An example of this is in the upper right corner of the top where the hand is pointing at the corner. I should have cut the fabric so that there was excess at the corner. This will have to be fixed before I stitch that area.

 Pundit, quilt top sandwiched with backing and batting and basted

Pundit, quilt top sandwiched with backing and batting and basted

The beginning stages of stitching. This is the messiest stage for me. I often lose track of what I want the piece to look like because of all the loose ends.

 Pundit, stitching and planning

Pundit, stitching and planning