Hang On
2020 Finished Quilts

Hang On {Finished Quilt}

Many thanks to Kathe E. (@_duchick_) for the perfect name suggestion for the Sky Full of Stars bonus quilt: Hang On. Like many others, she saw a rope like shape and, in her own words, “[It] is ready to be tied into a knot for that saying, ‘tie a knot and hang on’. Perfect thought for this peculiar year!”

Hang On

Hang On

I purposefully chose to bind Hang On with the same crosshatch print that I used to bind Sky Full of Stars to help link the two quilts together.

Hang On - Quilting Detail

Hang On – Quilting Detail

I hope that the flowing quilting helps connect the piecing and reinforce the rope like shape of the prints. The echo quilting between the lines makes me think of ripples on water.

Earlier this week, several people asked about being able to see the lines marked by a Hera marker on prints. It’s a great question, and several of the prints in this quilt were very difficult for me to see. When I struggle to see the marked lines, I turn off the extra LED lights that I have added to the throat space on my sewing machine and I set up a side light to cast shadows across the quilt top. Giving the quilt a bit of side lighting really helps me see the indented areas that I marked with the Hera marker.

Hang On - Backing

Hang On – Backing

The design reads through the quilting on the back of the quilt a little bit differently, and the areas of interaction from the echo quilting gives a three-dimensional, pulsing to me.

As you might be able to tell from the backing photo, I chose to machine bind the quilt for the finish. When I machine bind a quilt, I stitch to the back of the quilt first and then stitch it down to the front, which creates a line just inside the binding that is visible on the back of the quilt.

Quilt Ladder Refresh - Blank Design Wall - Time for Something New!

Quilt Ladder Refresh – Blank Design Wall – Time for Something New!

I keep a spreadsheet with an inventory of the quilts that I have in my home. It helps me track quilts that might be shipped out to a quilt show or other events, and I also keep that inventory backed up in case I have to quickly evacuate my home (it is wildfire season in California, after all). I also like to rotate out the quilts that I have hanging on my quilt ladder in the corner of my sewing room. With the completion of Hang On, I took the opportunity to change out my display and photograph my quilting room which is also good for backup / recovery purposes.

My blank design wall is clearly telling me that it is time for something new!

Linking up with TGIFF hosted this week by Kathleen McMusing and Beauties Pageant 95 with Michelle From Bolt to Beauty.

17 thoughts on “Hang On {Finished Quilt}

  1. What a perfect title! You’ve made so many great curvy quilts lately, and this is another winner! Take care, Mary.

  2. Wow! The quilting is amazing! It does look like rope strands and Hang On is definitely appropriate for the year we’ve had so far. Congrats on a beautiful finish.

  3. Cindy P says:

    Your design wall looks like mine. Love the quilting and quilt!

  4. vivian383 says:

    Another beautiful finish with your second to none quilting! The quilt makes a “knotty” comment on the year we have just had, and a lovely addition to your ladder on the wall. I can’t wait to see what goes on the design wall next!

  5. Patty says:

    Great finish! Love the quilting.

  6. Diana Thomas says:

    Perfect name. The quilting is gorgeous and the back just resonates, like you said, ‘Pulsing”. So much energy =}

  7. Kathy E. says:

    I am so honored that you chose the name Hang On for this quilt, Yvonne! Some days are definitely more of a struggle than others and the sentiment to “hang on” is worth repeating in one’s head. I’m looking forward to making my own version of Hang On!
    I’ve always loved your work and the quilting on this piece is spot on!

  8. Patti says:

    Great name for this quilt and love the quilting. And I cannot wait to see what pops up on the design board!

  9. Debbie says:

    Lovely finish. Appreciate the helpful thoughts on lighting and the hera marker use.

  10. Perfect name, Hang On! I really like how your quilting enhances this one and creates such an interesting back.
    To your point of keeping a spreadsheet of where your quilts are, especially during fire season, let me share some sad news: My friend Suzanne Marshall (http://www.suzannequilts.com/) lost four of her award winning applique masterpiece quilts as well as a couple of special patchwork ones when her daughter’s home in northern CA burned to the ground. Everyone got out, people and dogs unharmed, but they lost everything, including heirlooms and other non-quilt art. You are wise to keep track of where your quilts are. If you haven’t already, you should also have at least a couple of them appraised in order to establish a comparison for insurance values.

  11. Great finish and a great name for the quilt! I like the idea of a quilt inventory, I was planning on doing it in MA before we evacuated to ME for the pandemic. We will spend a little more time in the fall there, so I will start this task!


    A beautiful quilt and finish. I appreciate the thoughtfulness that goes into your posts. Your comment about maintaining a spread sheet of your quilts was an AHA moment for me. I take photos (most of the time) but don’t do much more that that and then find myself trying to remember what I’ve done with something. I’ve enjoyed following your progress on this Sky Full of Stars.

  13. Lea says:

    Hi Yvonne, there is just something about this quilt that is just so soft and snuggly looking. The design, the colors and the beautiful fabrics give the most peaceful feeling to this quilt. It looks like it would be a beautiful baby quilt. I’m going to pin this.

  14. helen says:

    I love how one quilt led to another quilt here Yvonne and each are as beautiful as the other. What I really admire are your technical skills outside the actual quilting. I dream of having organisational skills, I tried to keep a spreadsheet of my knitting yarn. I have no idea how accurate it actually is in real terms. Blogger is playing me up horrendously, I have no idea why. I need to outsource all that bit, its like tidying my wardrobe. I take it all out, and throw it all back in again.
    ps I love your quilt ladder

  15. Anja @ Anja Quilts says:

    I think I deleted my comment, so here goes again. LOL That’s a great name. I love the quilting. Congrats on the finish. It’s a great piece.

  16. Izzy says:

    That is an awesome name! I really like the quilting you used for it – love how it looks on the back too! What an amazing bonus piece.

  17. And of course you know this, but, thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)