|my sewing room in the unfinished basement allows me to really spread out|
|my quilting design these days is just straight lines on the diagonal|
|Variegated thread was used for the machine quilting|
My plan is to not make any more quilts after the ones for September of this year. My zest for the hobby has been waning for some time and maneuvering the quilts while machine-stitching them takes its toll on my bum shoulder and neck.
|my daughter (also a quilter) taught me to use hair clips instead of pins|
to hold the binding until it is sewn down
|some of my mitered corners turn out better than others|
|a close-up of the Nine Patches alternating with large lime green squares|
I did that with this quilt, just sewing together printed black and other colored fabrics together and gradually assembling them into the Nine Patch blocks. It's like working on two quilts at the same time!
|the quilt label for my niece|
For privacy reasons I have blocked out my niece's name on this label, but you get the idea. This is a perfect opportunity to include some special message of love. A Bible verse is my favorite tribute.
I have heard it said that people may forget the meals you cooked and the houses you cleaned, but they will never forget the quilts you made for them. They will remember us a lot easier if we label and sign our work. It's leaving a legacy!!
|the appropriate place for the label is on the back of the quilt|
I have done several quilts with "free motion quilting" -- the curvy squiggles that are so delightful. But the injury to my shoulder caused some permanent damage and I've learned to accept my limitations. Free motion quilting doesn't work for me anymore. Straight stitching is easier. Using the variegated thread adds a special design element that I like to think makes up for not doing the free motion stitching.
|front and back of the quilt after the binding has been sewn on|
|machine washing and drying the finished quilt|
|close-up after washing and drying the quilt|
I use Warm and Natural brand batting, which draws up (shrinks) just a little during the laundry process. The result is a puckered, soft look which adds more texture and a bit of an antique look to the quilt. I love that. You can see it in the above picture.
|completely done and ready to mail|
A finished quilt is worthy of a Happy Dance before wrapping it and going to the post office. As you can see, I take many snapshots of my quilts because I get emotionally attached to them while they are under construction.
* To see the blog post from Lollyquiltz that inspired my quilt, click on this link: Three Secrets to Making Free Quilts