Last December I gave my husband half a gift for his birthday. I know, tacky. However, try as I might I just could not finish the quilt in time. Instead of a lovely finished quilt, he got a basted together quilt for his birthday.
He was gracious about it, but still, not a very exciting gift.
Now you know I am not the swiftest quilter. A quilt a year is my goal; two quilts is a fantasy. I marvel at those quilting bloggers who whip up a quilt in mere days. Quilters who complete dozens of quilts in a year – or a month. That’s just not me. I get distracted too. I start working on one thing and then something else comes up and the current project gets pushed aside.
That happened to the birthday quilt many times this year.
Then I decided that I really, really needed to finish his quilt before his birthday hit again. It would just be too sad to still have last birthdays gift unfinished when this years birthday rolls around.
So, I set a goal to get it quilted and bound by the end of November.
Here’s a close up so you can see that it really is quilted. I did double straight lines through the checker board and cables in the navy strips. All the checker board fabrics are batiks, mostly from a bali pop. The navy is a mode marble fabric. The quilt is bound in the same navy. The backing is an ivory and tan pin striped flannel.
Here’s the whole thing from a wonky floor view. I made the quilt for my husband to wrap up in so there’s no hanging sleeve which makes photographing it tricky.
The pattern is Cobblestones from Debbie Caffery’s book Open a Can of Worms – which really has nothing to do with worms – but uses 2 1/2″ wide strips of fabrics. The finished quilt measures 68″ x 81″
The quilt is in the washing machine right now to remove all the quilting design marks. It should be really ready for my husband when he gets home from work tonight.
Now, time for a finished quilt happy dance!
- – marcella