This is what I affectionately call the monster in the living room. This is a Marie Webster design called American Beauty Rose. I am attempting to reproduce it as close to the original. I hand appliqued the motifs and am in the process of hand quilting it. I put it in the frame on Super Bowl Sunday in January. The only place in my house that the frame will fit in is in the middle of the living room. Ugh! I am quilting the straight lines of the cross hatching while the quilt is in the frame. Once I have the cross hatching completed I will take it out of the frame and continue to hand quilt around each of the appliqued motifs. I have some carpal tunnel problems so it is hard for me to quilt in the different angles required when going around the shapes. I know there is a way to use my thumb to quilt away from myself when going around the shapes but I haven't been able to master that skill. Where there is a will there is a way! I had grandeur plans. I thought I could get it out of the living room in just a few months. Well, it is now September. Now I am hoping to get it out of the living room by Christmas. I have half of the cross hatching completed, so guess I am half way there. Boy am I tired of having this quilt in the middle of my living room! I am sure my DH is too, but he is kind and never says a word about the monster in the living room. For this I am thankful!
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