Sunday, February 15, 2015

A humble plaid quilt

A finish this week – the binding was completed on this plaid Scrappy Bargello.
Of course, the binding would have been finished a little sooner if I hadn’t done this:
plaid bargello binding oops
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.

plaid bargello on chair2

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.
Plaid bargello
Scrappy Bargello is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville site

Monday, February 2, 2015

Scottie dogs – a UFO no longer

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.

Scotties preemie quilt

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.)

Scottie quilt back
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