Sunday, February 15, 2015
Of course, the binding would have been finished a little sooner if I hadn’t done this:
Very annoying to have come out short after all that measuring and calculating! But it didn’t really take long to add in the extra strip.
It is not a grand quilt. The fabrics are mostly plaids and shirtings, the piecing is simple, and the colours are arranged in no particular order, but as I finished up the last few stitches and draped the quilt over a chair I realized just how much I like this one!
True, it is very gratifying to complete a more elaborate quilt, one with the fabrics placed perfectly and a quilting design that beautifully complements the piecing. Yet there is also a great deal of pleasure in this simpler quilt. I enjoy the way one square plays against another, the way the curves of the quilting lines cut across the patches and highlight the combinations of fabrics. I can imagine this quilt wrapped around someone and providing comfort. It will soon be on its way to a new home, a donation to a local good cause. I hope the recipient of the quilt enjoys using it as much as I enjoyed the making.
Scrappy Bargello is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville site.
Monday, February 2, 2015
While searching for something else in the sewing room I came across the blocks left over from last year’s experiments with Scottie Dogs. It was time that they became a quilt!
I handed the pile to my friend Donna who worked her magic and combined them into a 36” square top for a preemie quilt. When the Scrappy Club members saw the results they decided that the big block was too “pixel-ly” – so Ellen took the top home and did some remedial piecing to make Big Scottie look more like a dog.
Here is the result, all quilted and bound and ready for donation to the NICU at the regional hospital.
Here is a peek at the back – isn’t that the perfect flannel for this quilt!! (You can’t see it in the picture, but the binding fabric has Scottie Dogs has well.)