Sunday, March 08, 2009
At last -- Easy, and Finished!
Yeah - finished! A group of Guild members were having a Sew Day during the summer. We had several community tubs of unclaimed fabric and blocks, and when the day was over, no one else claimed them, so with a promise that I would make them into "something," and donate it to "someone," they came home with me -- about 4 years ago.
The 9-patches were various sizes, from 5 1/2 inches to 6 3/4. I DID manage to be brave and discarded the unsuitable -- YES, in the trash! (I felt strong that day!) The rest were trimmed to 5 1/2 inches, with no regard for the seam lines. They were set on point and hour glass/quarter squares were set between them. (Snowball blocks between would have required that seam lines 9-patch be exact - which they weren't!) This quilt turned out so much better than I imagined! (How often do we quilters say that same thing?)
I quilt on my DSM. Below is one of my practice patterns and what I used on this quilt. It's drawn on paper so you can see it. I quilted the borders in 4 different patterns (different, for more practice), and you can't see any of it because of the busy-ness - MORE practice and I'm feeling confident! Whew, almost one year of practice but the quilting part no longer scares me. (A THANK YOU to PatsyThompsonDesigns.com, and The Pajama Quilter DVDS.)
I DO wish I had used a darker thread for the quilting, but overall, I am extremely pleased. It's a large quilt, about 64 x 82.
Yeahhhh, about 14 yards busted, including batting!