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Blues & Tans

on August 22, 2013

This weekend I finally finished a quilt I started in 2009.  It was originally started at the request of one of my then co-workers, but then I moved and she didn’t want it anymore.  The point being that while 4 years is a long time to finish a queen size quilt there was never any rush.

Now that my procrastination has been justified…details of the quilt!

finished

The colors were picked by my former co-worker but I picked the actual fabric.  I think my favorite part of making quilts is drawing out the pattern and picking the colors and fabrics.  I have a pile of different drawn and colored patterns; most of which are beyond my skill level.

I finished the top fairly quickly; but had trouble deciding if I should tie it or quilt it.  Then of course I had to decide how to finish the edges.  The first time I made a split rail fence pattern was for my friend Jac.  It was fall colors, quilted and finished like a pillow.

Fall

This time I decided to tie the quilt and bind the edges.  The only problem was that I didn’t know how to bind a quilt.  My first choice of teacher was my mom but she is in Michigan so that was out.  I decided to turn to YouTube.  I found this wonderful tutorial by the Missouri Star Company.

It is wonderful!!  I made a trip to JoAnn’s and bought fabric to make the binding.  Now I apparently did not pay very good attention to the details and it took me 3 tires to get the binding right.  Good thing I have a seam ripper :P.  When I was done I had to share my triumph so I texted my mom pictures of my finished binding.

side corner

Like any good mom she was excited and proud of my “accomplishment’.  She reminded me to “sign” and date the back.  So I did.

signature

Now I just have to decide what to do with this queen size quilt.  I also needed a new craft project so my mom mentioned that my nephew would love a couch quilt.  So, I am now making a slightly smaller version of the same quilt.  Hopefully it will be done by the time I go home in September (14 days!!!).  I think instead of binding in an off white I will use blue and may even back it in blue.  My nephew is 5 so off white is not necessarily the best color.

 

What I am currently reading: Today I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and have not yet picked my next book.  Oh the choices!

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One response to “Blues & Tans

  1. jes says:

    Such a nice job!

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