|This picture is a little light but it shows the 2" grid quilting.|
I finished the quilting on the little 1857 quilt from a SAL in 2015 by Gay Bommers of
Sentimental Stitches. There were 60+ blocks but I only did 30 so it ended up measuring 59" X 71".
I quilted it with a big stitch using DMC Pearl Cotton. I have a color card from my cross stitching days and it's for floss and pearl cotton so I was able to match the background fabric perfectly
The backing is a piece of fabric that I've had in my stash for a long time.
|This is a better picture of the true colors of the backing fabric|
I used it to border another quilt. It was cut in strips because I just used the white stripe. So I sewed long 3" strips together to make one side of the backing. The other side is regular yardage.
As I was doing the quilting I found a little hole in the background fabric. You can see the little white place inside a circle on the right of the heart.
My DH came up with the idea of just appliqueing a circle over it and another circle on the other side of the heart to balance it. I will do that today.
|Again, a little washed out. . .|
This picture shows the "fleur de lis" border all the way around it. (and the exercise equipment in the lower right corner - ha!)
This poor quilt has had a hard time and as a result is very dear to me. There is one block that I back basted the corner diamonds on it and then when I was trimming the back - I started trimming the background instead of the applique so I had to repair it. It is really hard to find but it's there. I also got a little off as I was marking the grid but there again, unless you are absolutely studying the quilt top, it is hard to find.
I marked it with blue washable marker. I rinsed it twice in a tub of cold water to get the markings off. The first rinse water had a slight dirty look to it from the brown backing. The second rinse was clear.
I put it in the washer on the drain and spin cycle. Then I put it in the dryer until it was just barely damp. I took it out and spread it on the bed to finish drying. It didn't shrink as much as I thought it would and I'm glad. I used an 80/20 batting by Hobbs.
I'll make those little circles this morning and then the quilt will be complete.
Thanks for checkin' in,