And, here’s the finished quilt, wonky seams, wobbly top stitching, uneven binding, and all.
The binding is not perfect. I tried really hard, but somehow it never seems to come out even for me. But hey, it’s done. I didn’t do much actual quilting. Just followed the blue strips lengthwise down the quilt. That’s all that is “needed” to keep the batting in place. I asked Lois if she wanted anything more elaborate, and she said no. So I just left it simple. It does look pretty cool, though. And, it’s queen sized! I used a queen size sheet I had kicking around my house (I hate flat sheets!) and only had to trim a couple inches off to fit it. Actually, the binding itself is another old sheet! One from Lois. The blues don’t match exactly (the twin was a bit lighter than my queen), but hey… you can’t beat free!
I have learnt loads from this quilt, and the next one will be improved. It was just back luck on Lois’ part that she got stuck with my first attempt!
In the previous post, I had a comment requesting some detail shots (see, I do pay attention!) So, here you go.
Square with shirt buttons.
Square with shirt buttons and corner of pocket.
That gives you an idea of what I did to show that these were real shirts, not just pretty fabric.
Some of you have heard the story of my sewing machine. It’s an old Kenmore machine. It’s my grandmother’s machine, from around the time of her marriage, in 1949. I don’t know if it was really that early, but it’s at least 50 years old, for sure, probably closer to 60. Anyway, I had to have the electrical cord replaced the other week because the insulation was literally disintegrating in my hands. It’s a fabulous machine, and sews like a dream. I had it serviced at the time of the cord replacement, and when I got it back and started sewing again, I seriously had to check twice to be sure that it was actually stitching, because it was so smooth! I didn’t originally inherit it when my grandmother died. My sister has a couple of degrees in fashion and costume design, and does a load of sewing, so she inherited it. I was living in England at that time, anyway, so it wasn’t a conflict of interest! But this last year, since moving back to the US, Lois offered to let me have it, since she has another machine. So, I’m very grateful to my sister for sharing the wealth!
Anyway, here’s a photo of the quilt on the machine. It sits in this awesome cupboard that lets the machine drop down, and fold away. Seriously, every machine should come with that feature! It makes storing/using the machine so much more practical.