Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A finished quilt - with a little help from my friends

Yesterday I gave the quilt to Judy. Her mother had pieced the quilt in 1994, before she became ill. She passed away in 2004 and Judy wanted the quilt finished to give it to her father, as a remembrance to her mother. Julie, in Idaho, did the machine quilting, and as always, did a fabulous job. If you want to see other great quilts, stop over and visit Julie.

When I got the quilt back from Julie I just had to buy fabric and make the binding. It was hard to find a fabric that coordinated, since Judy had no fabrics left from the original quilt. The fabrics were not current fabrics that we see in the quilt shops - so I shopped around a bit and found a wonderful piece of pink that coordinated well with the main part of log cabin blocks, and matched a pink in the outer border.

A lovely swirly pink - cut and pressed . . .

Next we stitch on the Featherweight - I leave the excess batting and backing attached until after the binding is stitched onto the front, then trim it all even. I find it is easier to work with, than to trim the edges first and have to work with just that 1/4" of quilt edge. I had to stitch the binding in just a smidge from the edge of the border as the fabric was frayed in several places along the outer edge.

Look out - here comes a corner - but mitering is easy - just take it step by step. . .

All bound . . .

Oh - the binding is so pretty - and it matches the pink in the border just perfectly. . .



Here is the whole quilt - ready for Judy and her dad . . .

And a nice close up fo the log cabin blocks . . .

And the label . . .

11 comments:

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

It's just beautiful! Stunning actually :0)
Ah, my spoon pulls. Darling hubby bends the "head" back a bit, then he took a wrench and held down the end of the handle and flattened it by running across a hard edge (our kitchen sink!). I'll take some pics of him doing it so it's easier to understand :0) Give me a few days and I'll post it.
How's your day going? Hope it's great!

QuiltedSimple said...

Very pretty - love the fabrics. What a great treasure
Kris

Nanci said...

A very special quilt. I love the stippling. It will be cherished for years and years to come.

Sharyn said...

Nice job! Sharyn/KalamaQuilts

Crispy said...

That pink looks like it was a perfect match to those little flowers in the border. Isn't it wonderful that we have such a great selection of fabrics available to us now?

He is going to really treasure this quilt!!

Crispy

Ramblings From Spain said...

What a lovely finished quilt, and that pink goes just right, like you said! You are very talented x

Moon Daisies said...

You certainly made the right choice with the fabric, its so pretty, a very beautiful quilt.

Julie said...

I was pleased to be part of finishing this quilt. The binding looks great with the quilt and it's exciting to have the quilt finished for the family.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Such a sweet gift. I'm sure Judy's father will cherish it.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh how beautiful and so very special!

Christine Thresh said...

Very pretty. I am sure Judy's father will treasure the quilt.
I sew my binding on to the trimmed edge of a quilt, but you had to do it "just a smidge from the edge" because of the fabric fraying. I'm glad to see your little Featherweight is up to the task.