Sew Many Projects, So Little Time

This is showcase of my projects in various stages.

Turtle Parade

My friend Michael is really special to me. When it was his turn to leave the Army I wanted to make him a quilt. He loves turtles so I wanted to incorporate them into this project. It took about a year and a half for e to finally find something I liked. It is a pattern called "Turtle Stampede" found in the special winter 2007 edition of "Quiltmaker's" magazine. Using EQ6 I modified the pattern to make it my own. I added a 4 patch center block, alternating 1/2 square triangles, as well as sashing with corner stones. I used red, black and white to match the decor in his room.

The quilt is 108 x 108! I started out hand quilting but I had an accident (fell down the stairs) that put my arm out of commission and it was really painful. I had to take it off the handquilting frame. Take out the stitches I had done previously then put the sandwich together and quilted it on my home sewing machine (this was before I got my machine quilting frame). It was very difficult and I had sore shoulders for a long time. 

I finished quilting it in February (meandering with mono filament thread). I haven't done the binding yet. I have 6 projects waiting for that step.


Here's some of the hand work:


I didn't quilt over the turtles because I like the hand quilting so I plan on going back an finishing the rest as soon as my wrist can take it. 

And here's the back:


Well that's it 'til next time.




gini said:

kris, i would never have chosen that red, and it works so well in this quilt.  gotta love that back   gini

# July 22, 2009 4:16 AM

Kris said:

Gini, I wouldn't have chosen it either. Red is not a colour I use often, but nothing else seemed to work.

# July 22, 2009 6:01 PM

Thea said:

I love it - You did a great great job!  KUDOS

God bless,


# July 22, 2009 6:17 PM

Joyce Brenden said:

What a super quilt.  Love the handwork especially.

# August 10, 2009 12:34 AM

cniemiec said:

I too love turtles and therefore I really love your quilt.  The stitching is fantastic.  Anybody else with turtle patterns out there?

# April 1, 2011 11:11 AM