As promised, here is my nephew Billy's quilt:
If you're interested in the pattern, it can be found here: Blue and White Pinwheel Quilt. I wanted a larger quilt (this one's 60" x 60"), so I made the centre 6 blocks by 6 blocks instead of 5 x 5 and added an extra border. If I had to do it over again, I would have definitely pressed the seams open in the pinwheel blocks because I ended up with too much bulk by pressing them to the side. Oh well, live and learn. I deliberately used alternating fabric for the binding.
Here I am doing the longarm quilting at Sparrow Studioz. It was SO MUCH FUN!!!
I would love to have one of these, but being able to rent one is the next best thing. In case you're wondering, I'm at the back of the machine because I'm using a pantograph.
And here's my imperfect quilting. Not bad for a beginner.
Did I say how much fun it was? Here's the back of the quilt.
Okay, I admit it: that's a bizarre backing for this quilt, but I absolutely love this southwest pattern. And besides, it was 50% off. :-)
I can't fail to acknowledge the assistance of my highly qualified Quilt Inspectors (QIs).
|The Finished Quillow|
I said I wasn't going to talk much, so you can refer to this link to know How to Fold a Quillow. Here are my pictures, with Mystery's able assistance:
I couldn't have done it without him.
Let me warn you about quillows. If you don't make the pillow front big enough, it can be really tough getting the quilt folded into it... and the corners can tear. The instructions on the link on folding a quillow say to reinforce the corners, but don't say how. I also find cotton batting is stiff and bulky and hard to fold into a quillow. Not sure if I'll make another one, but this one had a special purpose because it's a tribute to my brother gifted to his son.
Now that I'm done that quilt, I'll share some recent purchases.
I bought these on eBay. They are for my sister Cindy's quilt, which I hope to start early in the New Year.
Sorry, the picture's sideways, but I'm too lazy to change it. I haven't figured out if I can turn pictures directly in Blogger. Otherwise I have to do it on my computer and then upload it again. More trouble than it's worth. This yarn is for a crocheted Christmas tree skirt. No, it won't be done for this Christmas, but maybe next...
I predict a horse quilt in my future. And I strongly suspect it will include more of the southwest fabric from the backing in Billy's quilt.
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