Making double bed quilts at home is no easy feat! In fact, this one seemed so much harder, perhaps because of the August heat!
Quilting tip: Many people ask me how I do the decorative stitching for such a large quilt on a home sewing machine. I do most of it without the backing! Here's how: piece the quilt together in two large panels, then quilt each one to the batting, then connect the panels, and add the backing. On the completed quilt's backing, you will only see the decorative stitching for the borders all around, and a few straight lines down the middle, connecting the backing to the quilt.
This is a coexistence quilt which means that I have integrated large pieces of Bedouin embroidery (made on special order by the women at Desert Embroidery in Laquiya) into the basic fabric of the quilt. Here the colors are blue and green with some gold, with a strip of stacked bricks down the middle.
This is a close-up on the embroidery panels which are stunning!!