Pickled Ladies Layout

The stitching of the centre blocks is finished. There are 72 pickled ladies in total, although there will be a number of half pickled clams added around the perimeter to square it up.

Once the rows are together, I’ll audition fabrics individually for the half pickled clamshells that will go around the perimeter. I know there are lots of florals in my stash that will work perfectly as half clamshells and have enough of the black and white triangles already printed for the partial strips of triangles that will be needed.

It took ages to take them down off the temporary design wall as each one is labelled with its placement so that when I start stitching them together I won’t get them mixed up. I’m really excited about this one and can’t wait to get started stitching on it as soon as the baseball playoffs are over. There’s a rich blue floral in my stash that may be perfect as the border for the Pickled Ladies. There may need to be a small stop border as well, but I’ll sort that out once I get the centre of it completed.

There is no way I would have attempted this without Inklingo. With the 6-inch Pickled Clamshell collection, I knew it could be done. Having the perfect stitching lines and matching points is going to make putting the rows together a breeze. This is one quilt top I want to finish for sure before the end of the year. I’m already thinking of the quilting possibilities, perhaps quilting around each flower and possibly the white triangles.

Baxter discovered how to get up on the windowsill in the living room on Thursday. There was lots of activity out on the roof garden for him to watch as the birds and squirrels seemed quite busy. He went back and forth a few times and then settled down to sit and watch.

16 thoughts on “Pickled Ladies Layout

  1. Your Pickled Ladies are amazing! Quite a lot of quilting on that one, I bet!
    Baxter is so darn cute! Wouldn’t it be nice to know what he’s thinking while watching the activity on the roof garden?

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  2. The Pickled Ladies is so beautiful!!!! In the move I lost most of my fabric stash, but not my desire to one day make this quilt! It is simply a work of art…and so unique!
    Done good!!!!
    Hugs and happy stitching!
    Cuddles to Baxter too!

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  3. I can’t wait to see Pickled Ladies completed. Beautiful quilt. I absolutely love Baxter’s picture. He looks exactly like my beloved Fluff. I think she was part Maine Coon and he has her ears. Thanks for posting. I look forward to those pictures every day.

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  4. WOW! and WOW!~ The two photos really go together in their “take your break away” ability today. Cathi, you must have just sat there when Baxter did that. I can somehow see you sitting there sewing and then you stop completely frozen with needle, fabric, hands in front of you just freeze-framed, looking in shock. Then, slowly smiling and rooting for him to make it up that windowsill… then, all the memories of his brothers coming back. What an emotional moment! This is such a beautiful photo of him. He can be a model! πŸ™‚

    This quilt is going to go down in the history books! 100+ years from now, it will be a true example, just like the Baltimore Album and other fine quilts you see today in museums and private collections. “And this was a new technique that change so much in it’s day…. ” πŸ™‚

    You are amazing! The most patient, tenacious, talented woman I know! Thank GOD for the internet, in more ways that one. As, I was able to meet you and we have Inklingo. πŸ™‚

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