|Used a bamboo/cotton batting in this|
quilt and tied it with cotton yarn. I
really like the feel of this batting!
I took this photo w/out a flash and it
came out very blue, but the quilt isn't
here anymore so I can't get a better shot.
A few years ago a woman in our community who was battling her second round of breast cancer, was troubled with the fact that she had never got some quilt tops her mother had left her made into finished quilts for the family. A mutual friend took the tops to the LQS and chose backing and binding fabrics. She arranged to have one of our local longarm quilters do the quilting and then rounded up quilting friends to get them bound. She was very familiar with my binding frustrations, so when she approached me with a request for help, she immediately let me know that she would make sure I got the smallest quilt. Some women had bound 2 or 3 quilts in the time it took me to complete the one.
Two years ago at Christmastime I was giving a couple of quilts (a tumbler and a 16-patch) as gifts to my daughters' friends who had helped them through some difficult situations. The quilts were made and quilted in plenty of time, but I knew that with all of the holiday craziness and my tortoise-speed binding skills, they would end up being Valentines if I didn't do something.
|Daughter #1 is holding up the tumbler quilt. I made this |
from my scrap box and my Mom's. My neighbor bound this one.
|The sixteen-patch made primarily from leftover strips |
from a Trip Around the World quilt. The daughter holding
this quilt did the binding.
The double four-patch quilt shown in my header (my first leader/ender project) needs binding now, but it is a gift for a neighbor of daughter #2. She helped me make the small 4-patch units and she wants to bind it. I got it trimmed and will be machine sewing the binding on today. Then it is all hers and I'm fine with that.
Next up, that king-sized t-shirt quilt for son #1--there are issues. It is so large, but I think it needs sashing. And then there is the question of "to cornerstone or not to cornerstone?" More to come.
'Til next time, from that little mountain valley where we will only be in the 60s today--in June!!