Wednesday, September 2, 2009
After the strip tease in my 110 post, I am happy to announce that I am finally finished with my quilt. It is a fraternal twin to one I made earlier. What shall I call it?
It started as a kit that I received on a Superbowl Sunday sale at the LQS. The fabric was already cut in strips. They showed me the quilt - it was made out of rectangles, but I immediately decided that rectangles were boring, and that triangles would make the quilt look more interesting. This was the time before I realized that simple quilts were beautiful too. This was also before jelly rolls, and I didn't have a large scrap collection, so I didn't have a good place to store strips of fabric. I decided to make a quilt right away. I made the half square triangles. I arranged and rearranged. I decided I would rather make two small quilts instead of one. It might have been because it is hard to decide which arrangement to choose, but it also might have had to do with the difficulties of quilting a big quilt in a machine. This looks more like baby quilt material to me. The other quilt has been finished for a long time, but this one has been languishing.
I bought fabric for the border, because I used all the excess fabric in the other quilt. After my failed attempt at making the Blushing Bride quilt simple, I decided I could do simple with this quilt. There is simple quilting of diagonal lines both sides of the seam, to accentuate the subtle zigzag pattern.
I decided to do a scrappy binding. I used two of the pieces that were in a scrap basket at the same LQS at another Superbowl Sunday sale. The scrap fabric was purchased by my mother and then given to me. I started doubting using those pieces because they have more orange in them than the rest of the quilt, but I am happy I stuck with it. The rest of it came from the fabric previously chosen for the border.
And to follow suit with the other bloggers who make their quilts look so pretty, I present lots of angles and lots of views. I didn't wash the quilt before photographing, which the other bloggers do. I think the washing makes it look better, but washing, this makes it look used instead of new, and if I am thinking about giving a quilt to someone, I don't want them to think I am giving them used stuff. I know I am going to have to change my mindset about it. Only a couple of my quilts have ever been washed.
Edited to add: It is approximately 39" x 45". I think it would work well as a baby quilt.