Thursday, September 22, 2011
One more Heritage Day quilt
Today I finished the last of the three tops that I agreed to quilt for the Heritage Day auction by Capital Quilters Guild. This one was much larger, about 88" x 82". It is made of strips of pastel calico fabrics arranged in blocks resembling asymmetrical log cabins. Looks like it would be a great stash-buster!
Most of the calicoes were small floral or botanical prints, so I did a leafy free-hand meander over the whole thing. I have learned to do that one pretty quickly.
The back is plain natural-colored muslin. I used a pear green cotton thread from Signature.
No batting or binding material was provided, so I went to my own supplies. I had a big hunk of a solid pink fabric which I used for the binding. What I did not have was time to hand-stitch the binding to the back. I tried something new...stitching the binding to the back first, and then machine stitching from the back with a sort-of blanket stitch.
The straight part of the stitch is in the ditch on the back, with the perpendicular stitches biting into the binding. It actually looks better on the back than on the front. But- it is done!
A helpful guild member is going to pick the quilts up for me tomorrow at Quilts Like Crazy in Wake Forest and take them to guild. I will be leaving for the mountains where we are having a party for my father's 88th birthday! I have been cooking the tomato sauce for the last few hours. You can even smell the savory sauce from the driveway. Yum!
(Note: I wrote this post last week, but somehow it remained in draft form and was never published. Thought you might like to see the quilt, though.)