Today I have another little finish to show! I know I've had a roll of small finishes, but it feels good to get them out of the closet. And with the kitchen currently in pieces it just feels good to have *something* finished. So here's today's little finish:
I'm calling this little quilt On Deck, because that's where it's going to be used all summer. It's about 30 inches square and fits the little table we have on our deck perfectly. We used it out there for supper last night, actually, and then I had it out there for breakfast this morning. We've never had a deck before, but we are loving it and I'm out there as often as I can be. I'm actually writing this on the deck right now. Really!
I found this little quilt in a box of clothes. Why was it in with the clothes? Who knows? I know I made it several years ago as part of a quilt group that I used to belong to, but I thought that I had given it away long ago. Not really my colors or my favorite fabrics, but it looks good together.
When I found it in the box, it was already basted and had some ditch quilting in it. Not a bad place to start! All I did then was stitch some free-motion motifs in each square and then bind it to finish it off.
I thought the stitching would go quickly, but 4 hours later I was still at it. In retrospect I should have chosen something more simple, but right now I need all the practice I can get. The quilting is really imperfect, but by the time I stitched the last square it was getting a lot better.
I used a decorative stitch on the binding, which is a finish that Preeti and I saw on several quilts last weekend. (More on that in a minute.) It worked okay, but it did keep bunching up and wandering. Those stitches are really meant for garments and the heaviness of the quilt really kept messing it up. It also took a *lot* of thread. I'm not sure that I would ever do it again. I think if I wanted a decorative stitch I might stitch it on the binding itself and then stitch the binding to the quilt.
So there's our little deck quilt! Don't worry, I'm bringing it in every time I come in, but it's nice just to have it out there. Patio tables always need some dressing up, don't they?
In other fun news, last weekend I got to go to a quilt show with Preeti of Sew Preeti Quilts. We had a great time! Preeti had two quilts hanging in the show, and here she is with her beautiful Twitter Feed quilt:
This quilt is awesome in person and was a real hit. As one of her friends said, people were "flocking" to it! There were some other quilts too, but I didn't take other pictures. And can you believe that we didn't buy a single thing? There was just too much to see to spend time shopping! It was a great day.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. We have some more home improvement work to do, and it may involve a paint sprayer. This is sure to be comical, and it may mean takeout for supper. Yay!
Sharing at Finished or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and crazymomquilts.