A blog about my life and quilts especially! This plaid quilt was made by me...pattern by Evelyn Sloppy in her Strings book!!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Little bits of this and that
Happy Sunday! The above quilt from Terry's Treasures quilt along is completely complete. Quilted, binding done, labeled, the whole shebang. I really enjoyed the push to get this done...thank you so much, Terry!!
Here is a closeup of the binding. I did it by machine...it was so much faster! And since it will be a quilt that gets used a lot, I thought it would be OK to use a machine applied binding. I used the little flange method so that there is a little more interest, and I could put it on by machine. I have done this with two quilts so far, and I am getting better at it, although far from perfect!! I learned something this week from Jo's Country Junction...she says to use the darkest fabric in the quilt and use it as the binding. I like that idea!!
I had a leftover block from the quilt, so I made a little candle mat and hand quilted it. No marking, just going for it!
A baby quilt that has been languishing for years in the quilt cupboard is at last together and quilted!! I will wait to bind it until the next baby comes along...girl (pink binding); boy (blue binding).
This quilt went to a patient this last week, after it was bound and finished. He liked it a lot...poor little old fella, a patient at the hospital, needed some quilting hugs...he has a long recovery ahead of him! I am never sure what kind of a quilt to give a guy...much harder than for girls, LOL!
I started a string X quilt too...I do love my strings!! 48 of these to do...
I tried to stick with all pastels, for spring!! Tried, that is...some dark strings just insist on sneaking in there...
The cut off corners from the string X quilt blocks became a couple little quiltlets. The blue is entirely by machine, and the pink one is all by hand. A fun experiment...it took about 4 times longer by hand, but I like the look better...it is somehow softer to the hand.
Little four inch sampler blocks...
using this tool to make them. I like this too, it gives the measurements for several different sizes of lots of blocks...easy...no brain work involved for me, LOL!!
And that is about all, folks!! Believe it or not, it was 82 degrees yesterday, and now it is snowing and 21 degrees. A strange winter!! All the trees are confused...do I bud out or not, they whisper to me as I walk?!!! Surely your trees talk to you too?