This quilt has been a while in the making, but it’s all finished now. I completed the blocks in the middle of July, 2013, and put the top together sometime this winter. Then I quilted it during the Quilts of Valor Sew-In and Sports Ball Sew-In this past weekend. Monday I added a bright blue binding that I think is perfect.
This quilt is all made from stash. The red “chimneys” are 2 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ patches from my bins. The “logs” are all strings, except for the wolf and owl fabric. This seemed like a good use for it, except that their eyes do stare at you!
This is being donated to Quilts of Valor, so I was planning a quick job on the quilting. I stabilized it by quilting in the ditch between all the blocks using Bottom Line thread.
Then I marked a wavy line down either side of the columns and rows of blocks (I think straight lines would have looked odd on these really wonky cabins), and switched to a medium blue Masterpiece thread so the stitches would show more. I used the walking foot, thinking I would sew on the marking and a line on either side. I found I wanted to add one more line in each area (24 extra trips across the quilt), and that came close to catching every strip of fabric in at least a bit of quilting.
The plan was to quilt a star outline in each red patch, but, again, that didn’t seem like enough, so I stippled around all thirty-five of them. I’m really happy with the effect. It has enough quilting, and the waves make a nice effect as they undulate across the surface.
As always, I enjoyed sewing with the #Twilters and others who joined us for Super Bowl weekend. The QOV Sew-In was very quiet by comparison, at least on Twitter. Maybe Facebook and Instagram were more chatty. I also got the idea folks were sewing in groups, so they had plenty of live company. Maybe they got more done than those of us who sew with one hand and tweet with the other all day! I won a prize from QOV, so I’m not complaining.
This will be heading off to Heather as soon as I get finished looking at it hanging over my stair railing!
What have you finished? I’m linking up to Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.