Two days ago I had a package in the mail - a quilt from Julie - she's my fabulous machine quilter. As always, she did a fabulous job - and for those that don't know Julie - she does machine quilting on her home machine - not a long arm - and I am absolutely amazed at the work she does. Visit her blog for more wonderful quilts that she makes and quilts.
I just couldn't wait to get to the binding - I love doing the binding. I love it because it means the quilt is almost done and I can finally use it. I got the binding cut, pressed in half and machine stitched to the front of the quilt the first day - and yesterday and today I finished the hand stitchinng to the back. I had no internet for two hours this morning and while waiting for Comcast to make up their mind how to fix it - I got the last of the binding done - and the quilt is on the bed.
These blocks are from a swap that I've been in for about 10 years. Each person makes a block of something that reminds them of Washington State - we all send the blocks to the swapping committee - we can make between 5 and 35, our choice - and we get back the same number of blocks.
I saved up blocks for several years and then put together two tops - this is the first one to get quilted. The colors are more true in this photo. I have almost enough blocks for a third quilt - then that is the last of the Washington quilts.
So let's look at some of the individual quilt blocks - I made this one - the scene in the apple is a view of Bellingham and Mt. Baker from the ocean - my own design.
A lovely basket of apples - very Washington . . .
And a tribute to the apricot - another Washington grown fruit
I love the way Julie quilted this block - click to enlarge - and look at those feet sticking out of the tent . . .
Of course we need a Washington Ferry on our quilt . . .
Another block I made - the hummingbird is made from a floral print . . .again, my own design . . .
Daisy made this great sunflower - click to enlarge to see the perfect fabric for the center . . .
I don't remember who made all the blocks - I love this stormy one . . .
A sailboat - and terrific quilting . . .
This one loaded sideways and I can't make it stop. It was made by Julie, she lives in Idaho and her nickname is Spud - even though she lives on a wheat farm . . .
Quilting from the back - fabulous!!!!
And the feather quilting in the border - Julie is my hero - she made my quilt even more wonderful!!