Well it's that time of the month again...time to throw back to quilts of our past. On the first Thursday of the month, Jenn over at A Quarter Inch from the Edge hosts a linky party for everyone to share posts about quilts from their quilty past. Today I decided to talk about a quilt I made for my mother for her birthday. It was her first birthday after my father passed away and I wanted to give her something made with love. We all know there is nothing better than a quilt to provide for a forever hug.
The pattern is called Four Square Layer Cake Quilt by Sherri McConnell. I would like to tell you I remembered the name of the fabric line I used, but alas I did not. But all was not lost! Last week Yvonne over at Quilting Jetgirl posted a great tutorial called Reverse Image Search showing how to use a picture to search on a search engine. By following her instructions, I can happily tell you that I used charm packs of Moda's Puttin on the Ritz.
This was the biggest quilt I had attempted to quilt on my home machine and it was at our first house, so my sewing space was even smaller.
When you throw in Oliver's helpful guidance, this quilt was a challenge to quilt.
The only free motion anything I had tried at this point was stippling. I had found a really pretty variegated thread at my LQS. It had grays, pinks and whites in it and I thought it would look pretty all over the quilt...and it did...
However, very early on into this quilting venture, the thread kept breaking. I would stitch for maybe a minute and snap, the thread would break. This became quite frustrating, so since I hadn't gone very far, I switched to a white cotton thread I purchased at Walmart. And honestly, you really can't tell there are two different threads on the quilt. Here it is a few years later and I had to search for this tiny quilted spot...and I'm the one who quilted it.
One of the problems I had with my cheap cotton thread was it would knot up on me and there are several spots where you can see a little thread nest or two. I didn't let it slow me down...I knew my mom would love it, imperfections and all. I point them out now, not to be critical of myself, but to show for better or worse we all start somewhere.
Another first for me was attempting to do a machine binding and use a decorative stitch. This was not as easy or quick as I thought it would be.
I think it took me twice as long as doing it by hand and I HATED it after it was finished. Now, I love it. Maybe I will give machine binding another go round sometime soon.
And here is a picture of my beautiful mamma and her quilt. Aren't they both adorable?
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