This past week in quilting blogland I've seen no less than two others, so 3 counting my own, decades-old projects finally finished. First, I saw some cute baskets that Wendy (she's hilarious) started 26 years ago and finished this week over at The Crafter's Apprentice, and second, I saw a beautiful honeymoon quilt finish by Bernie, the fabric for which was purchased on said honeymoon 17 years ago! So I am in good company showing this finally finished project which I started in 1998 or 99, so 16 or 17 years ago.
|Here you can see the pointed end of the runner...as well as the banana plants and elephant ears. I'm curious to see the change in them in a couple of months|
I love star blocks. They are my favourite. So I put three different ones all within one table runner and set them on point.
|Evening or Sawtooth Star|
I won't win any awards for 20 stitches to the inch; I bet I maybe have 6-8, and that's not consistently! Still, it is done, the first entirely hand-quilted piece I've done. Here is the back:
Although I still have some of each of the fabrics used within the runner, I didn't have enough of any of them for the binding. Happily I had almost a full fat quarter of this red with crowns on that I thought worked really well with the other gold-flecked fabrics.
Pattern: original design
Fabric: I don't know because I have none left with selvages on!
Backing: cotton purchased at Fabricland
Batting: 100% cotton purchased at my LQS specifically for hand quilting, but I don't know the brand
Quilted: by hand by me
Threads: Gutermann hand quilting cotton
Another project I completed this week is recovering the top for my cedar hope chest, a gift from my parents for my 18th birthday. (ya now that baby is decades old, but we won't go there!)
Here is the before:
|Yep that grouse fabric just wore right out...darn, right?!|
If you are observant, you'll have noticed Summer Scents Mosaic is on our bed. :-)
We slept under it last night and it was great! It washed up just wonderfully, no shrinkage other than the usual with cotton fabrics. So the key to using flannelette or flannel as batting is to wash and dry it in the dryer before layering and quilting. I might have found out the hard way what happens when one does not do this...
Linking up with Pet Project Saturday at Pink Doxies.