That's what brought me to this quilt top:
It's a folk art quilt - album style. I did the appliqué by hand, using a blanket stitch. I really used to enjoy doing that! Apparently what I did not enjoy was ear-marking fabric for the binding. ACK!!! I would have loved to use the same blue as in that first super-thin border, but no luck. I didn't have the right red, either - though I think red would have looked really nice. So ... my top three choices are up above on the right. I ended up going with the blue on the bottom - many thanks to my friends who weighed in on that!
OK! On to the quilting! I used King Tut Sands of Time - it's variegated beiges and would be perfect for the "aged" look of the quilt. I wanted to quilt it as they would have in the 19th century and wanted to quilt the living daylights out of it, so I chose to do diagonal lines, set about 1/2 and inch apart. Yikes! Straight lines are a challenge for me, but I thought they would really enhance the quilt.
I marked with my Frixion pens - wow, I love those things!
I also like my new Regi's Grip Quilting Gloves from Quilting Is My Therapy. They are so much more comfortable than my old quilting gloves! I confess, though, I sent the pair I'm wearing in that photo to a friend and bought a new pair for myself. They were too long in the fingers for me, and I came very close to sewing right through the fingertips a few times. The new ones are perfect - and hopefully the longer ones will work for my friend!
The girls were excellent company as I quilted - playing with toys, napping, and ... well, please click here. She is such a riot!
After working a couple hours a day for a few days, I was finished with the quilting!!!
I really couldn't believe I quilted it so fast! Granted, it's only about 40 square inches, but still! YAY!!!
Here are a couple favorite blocks:
|Hands to work, hearts to God!|
|Woman and child, with flying animal overhead|
I really wish I could remember where this pattern came from! It's not anywhere in my library. If it was, I might be able to tell you if that's a flying dog, cat, horse, or something else. Some of my friends speculated that it could be the cow jumping over the moon - and he's on the descent. That could work!
Here's a look at the back:
I love the texture!!!
And here it is, after I sewed the binding on:
I just washed and dried it this morning, and love it even more:
It shrunk up just a touch, just enough to give it a bit of an aged look.
I'm so happy I went back and finished this one. It's really special to me. Another UFO, all wrapped up!!!
Thanks so much for reading!