It feels good to have one to post! It's not that I haven't been sewing, it's that I've been sewing too many things at once and so no one thing was getting done. Finally I got a hold of that madness and have finished the three quilts I had going at once, and am now working on the bindings.
The first one I have finished is a gift for the great grandchild of a Pennsylvania cousin. My husband's Pennsylvania family were all great quilters a generation ago. Sadly, none of the children of that generation picked up the sport. In a twist of irony, quilting has been brought back to this family by me, a city girl from New England.
Although this quilt was great practice on accurate 1/2 square triangles, I wish I had done more with them. There's so many and a twisting and turning of this one and that would have made for an interesting design. Instead, I went for simple, and did end up with something very pretty, but a bit plain for my tastes:
I like the swirl design of quilting, as it adds some visual interest to the quilt without overpowering the simple design.
The fabrics are a white on white tiny fan, and then the pastel polka dots of white on color and color on white.
The quilting was done by a long armer who has done work for me in the past, but who I have not mentioned by name in this blog. I sent her three quilts, and all were nicely quilted. However, on this one the tension on the back thread must have been set poorly, as the stitches are flat in some areas, pulled in others, and in a few spots there is an inch of two of thread that is not attached to the front thread at all. I do not know how that could occur, but it did.
Additionally, she took it upon herself to wash this quilt and add a plain white binding. WHAT? First of all, I never, ever wash my quilts before I send them off, do you? I'm interested in knowing people's preferences on that one. I like to send them off shiny and new, and have the recipient enjoy the change that occurs with that first washing. Also, her binding was very poorly done, and I am a very picky binder, with nice mitres and nearly invisible hand stitches 1/4" apart. I like my bindings, they are like my final signature. And, I had already constructed the binding strip of the color on white polka dot fabrics.
I was a bit irritated but got over it and fixed what needed to be fixed and have it all set to send off.