Sunday, November 15, 2009
Today is gorgeous here in our neck of the woods. The sun is shining and the temps are expected to hit 70! Great weather for being outside...not for snuggling underneath a quilt. But that's OK...I'll take this perfect weather even though I have a finished quilt that's just waiting to be snuggled under. Yes, that's right, I finished my Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt. Larissa was my teacher and she is fabulous. I referred back to her tutorial more times than I can count. Some days as I was working on different parts of the quilt I even had my laptop right beside my sewing machine. If you're wanting to try a quilt but have never done one before, I would loudly urge you to gather your supplies and link over to Larissa's! She knows her stuff! With that said, I followed her directions for all the different parts of building this quilt...but I did not have the courage or the equipment to quilt it myself. (The quilting is the top stitching that holds all three layers of the quilt together. ) I took my quilt to Jessica, who lives in our area and quilts for a living, and she did the meander stitching on the quilt. Her quilting machine takes up an entire room in her house! Ginormous! I have since purchased a walking foot so I can learn how to quilt through smaller sized projects. (I'm wanting to try some quilted potholders for Christmas gifts). I watched this video (several times) to learn how to make the double fold binding, sew it on and do the mitered corners. Each part of this quilt project was a learning experience for me. I am not a precise person by nature so I learned the importance of measuring accurately and pressing carefully. My favorite part was choosing the fabrics and doing the binding...my least favorite part was all the ironing. My family was tremendous as I worked on the quilt. They've cheered as I completed each milestone of the project. In the car the other day, I overheard John Samuel as he said, "Hey Kenzie, did you hear that mom's quilt is done at Miss Jessica's? She's going to pick it up tonight!" So touching to know that something so treasured by me is also high on their list of big news events. My finished quilt measures 41" X 51" and is a collection of cotton, flannel and some upholstery fabrics. (I included my new chair fabric). The batting is warm and natural and I added a strip of quilt blocks on the lower back for interest. Thanks again Larissa for all the wonderful help and encouragement along the way!