I have made 2 quilts. Considering I’m in my 50’s that isn’t anything to jump for joy about. I used the “Quilt in a Day” technique from Eleanor Burns. The quilts were log cabin quilts. (Pssst they took longer than one day too. Quick but not one day. ) I thought they were beautiful. I gave one to my mother and the other I put on my bed. Completely unrelated to the quilt, but within days of finishing the quilt I got a puppy. Loved that puppy. Let puppy sleep with me. Puppy chewed a three-foot hole in the quilt. I remember waking up and not singing “Walking on Sunshine” when I saw the hole in my quilt. Really, the quilt was nice and I was proud of it but I loved that puppy and could not be angry. I thought “I’ll make another quilt”. Best I can guess that was 26 years ago.
I have made quilted bags, placements and smaller things but no quilts. A month ago I made my friend a baby quilt using my mid arm machine and that was the first quilt in 26 years. It was spectacular but I didn’t take any pictures of it. I was so excited to finish it and give it away. This blog will help me document and take pictures (however crummy I am at taking pictures – I’m gonna work on improving that skill).
Although I have sewed my whole life, I’m not a quilting professional. This week I made a little throw to put outside to cover the cushions on the patio furniture. The cushions are dark blue and I feed feral cats and let them live wherever they want —- therefore I have furry dark blue cushions. Cost is always an issue with me so I made the throw out of an old flat sheet and the yellow binding is another old flat sheet. Cost was zero – the batting was from a huge roll I got from Craigslist months ago. I paid $10 for it and used 3 times it’s value already so I consider what I used now as free.
I free motion quilted some meandering flowers on the quilt and did the binding following this video. I did not want to hand stitch the binding – really this is for feral cats and not that they don’t deserve nice but they have life right – live and let live. Again I haven’t quilted in 26 years and I wasn’t sure how perfectly I would get the stitching if I machined stitched the binding so I ……zig zagged it. I love it. I’ll do this again. It looked as pretty on the back as it did on the front. I used the edge of my foot as my guide and zig zagged along. It also made the binding a bit stiff, which I love. Try it if you are in a rush.
Instructions for meandering free motion flowers can be seen here.