First, my beloved selvedge quilt was completed. This is my most eco friendly quilt to date. I used selvedges that had been collected by my local quilt shop and myself. I sewed these strips onto 5 1/2 inch blocks that I then separated into four panels of 20. I used a solid red cotton that I purchased at an estate sale for the sashing. I then sewed selvedges on 3 1/2 inch stripe to make the border. The backing is an old blanket I used as a child. The batting is an old thermal blanket. I had originally done a free motion square stipple, but I did not like how stiff it made the quilt. I had to take out the stitching (ugh!) and I decided to use various colors of yarn to tie the quilt. I am very happy with the result.
- “One woman’s trash is another woman’s stash”
The next project was a quilt I had made for a friend’s daughter. My friend, Kelly, gave me a lot of quilting items. She also included baby blankets she had made for her daughter. She wanted to do something with them and she really loves pinwheels so I created a pinwheel quilt for her. By mistake, I ended up piecing pinwheels with pinwheels. I had decided to do stars in the sashing and did not realize the effect until a few rows had been pieced sewn together. I think it looks pretty cool. I used a very basic stitch in the ditch to quilt it.
- “Katie’s Quilt” (working title)
The last finished project is my sister’s birthday quilt and my scrap quilt binding. I do not have pictures of these yet, but expect a detailed post on my sister’s birthday quilt soon.
The fabric giveaway that I mentioned is very simple. Check out Little Bluebell’s blog for how to win a 21 fabric bundle of Denyse Schmidt’s fat quarters from her recently released collection (Picnic and Fairgrounds)! Since I have sworn off buying fabric for the year 2011 I have high hopes. That being said, Good Luck to all of you!