Yes, my oldest UFQ, which I first told the story of here… and finished the top at my March retreat, blogged about here…
Is finally C-O-M-P-L-E-T-E!!! Quilted? Check. Binding sewn on? Check. Laundered? Check.There are a few spots on the top that frayed slightly in the wash (older, poor quality fabrics I used before knowing all I know now about fabrics…) so I have a little repair to do, but then this will become the “car” quilt, the one we keep in the car to use for watching outdoor concerts on the grass, picnics in the park, and for me to huddle under when I’m freezing in the car (because I’m the one that is always cold!).
The back is pieced with Kona cotton, scraps from the top, and ten, vintage 9-patch blocks that I found in my stash drawer. The 9-patches are hand-pieced with shirtings and dress scraps, circa 1900-1910, and they held up better in the washing machine than some of my 1990s fabrics did!
Overall, I’m pretty happy with it, even if these aren’t “my kind of fabrics” any longer…it’s done, my oldest UFQ is done. Ahhhh. That’s a good feeling.
Spring to Finish MAY tally: 4
It’s not the Kentucky Derby…but a UFQ is C-O-M-P-L-E-T-E!!!!!! My French Roses quilt, UFQ #3, first blogged about last July received the final touches in the last few weeks.
It was started in 2005, for the baby of a friend…who is obviously no longer a baby, and received an entirely different baby gift. And, I certainly won NO race in completing this quilt…but it’s done now! My eldest niece will be delivering her first child, a baby girl, sometime this week. This quilt will go to this newest addition to our family. And I couldn’t be more pleased. Even though it does make a (gulp!) great-aunt. And my big brother, a GRANDPA!
These flowers are all done with raw-edge applique, then quilted in a loose, mirrored flower shape around each layer. This is the quilt I finally mastered free-motion quilting on…a VERY small meander on the white areas in the center of the quilt, and a larger meander pattern in the white border.
Terri asked me if I knew when it just “clicked” for me, I really can’t say I do, other than having your machine in 100% working order is essential to successful free-motion quilting. Finding the right mix of hand speed and foot pedal speed is also very important! I still have a lot of practicing to do to get really good at it, but by the end of this quilt I had greatly improved already!
I love how soft it is and crinkly looking after being washed up!
The backing is a soft “lilac-y” pink, with little Peter Rabbits all over it, a Beatrix Potter fabric that I found on the clearance rack of a local quilt shop. My niece is more of a purple fan than she is a pink-girl, so I really liked the purple cast to this color.
And finally, the label…this will be boxed up and sent to our new addition this week.