I had pretty much finished most of this quilt during our summer Amish Bars class, but that last bit of hand sewing on the binding never quite got finished. That binding was 75% done for the last couple months! I finally finished it in front of the television over the weekend. Yes!
The quilt is machine quilted. Rather than ‘stitch in the ditch’ quilting, I often prefer to do ‘echo’ quilting where I follow the seams, but the stitching runs parallel to them. In this case, I like how it emphasizes the bars of the quilt. I love this simple patchwork design! The back of the quilt is a done with a Moda woven plaid, which is so soft.
I hand embroidered a little label (using variegated thread) and finished that on Sunday. Once the label was done and sewn on, I put the quilt in the washer and dryer. For me taking a finished quilt out of the dryer and seeing the puckery fabric is the final step of quilt making. Some people dread washing their quilts, but I find it so satisfying.
This quilt is a baby gift for my friends Liz and Ben who had their second son, Judah, about six months ago. I’m really excited to finally be able to pack it up and send it off to them in Austin, TX.
I’m collecting ideas for my next quilt, a whole cloth quilt, so it feels pretty awesome to add this quilt to the ‘FINISHED’ list.