Saturday, June 21, 2014

Finally Finished!

Black, White and Read All Over, 64" x 64"
Edward's quilt is finally finished! Started in November 2010, the flimsy was finished and the quilt was basted in 2012. I started the quilting on my old machine, which had to be taken for repair and cleaning twice during the process. And it still wasn't until I got my new machine this spring that I managed to finish the quilting.

It is straight line quilted:

I like quilting double lines like this, because it fools the eye into thinking the lines are straighter than they are!

In the close up you can see that all the fabrics have some kind of kanji script, either real or imaginary. So theoretically, you could "read" the quilt. Hence the title:

You can see the label was optimistically stitched in 2012, lol! The design is from Carrie Nelson's Schnibbles Times Two book. She sews the label to the back before it is quilted, which I tried here as well. I worried about it catching during the machine quilting, but it didn't. With all the problems I did have on this quilt, the label wasn't one of them.

The backing is a new flannel sheet that I got on sale. It really was too heavy for my old machine, but the new machine handled it fine. I like the masculine Buffalo check!

So, Edward's quilt is my second finished flimsy, and my second finished quilt. While we were out taking photos, I took a better picture of Nine Patch Jubilee as well. That was my third finished flimsy, and first finished quilt:

Where is flimsy number one, you ask? LOL. Packed away. Maybe I will get it out some day, maybe not.

Anyway, it feels great to finally have this one done. I even have a 3" scar on my forearm from one of the basting pins that came open when I started the quilting in 2012! But it's fading...

Best of all, now I have room for a new project in my sewing area! Home Sweet Home will get the nod, I think.


  1. Well stitched and well photographed. It looks great, and I see what you mean about the double line quilting. You must have a great sense of achievement.

    1. Thanks very much, Jillian! I'm not sure "achievement" is the right word. This has been a worry for so long, that its absence feels strange. But, there's still lots more catching up to do. ;)

  2. Great stitching idea--those double lines! I will have to remember that for a quilt that I've been wondering about how to machine quilt for years now. Congrats on a wonderful finish!

  3. this might have taken a few years to complete but well worth it, it is lovely, I do like the design used here. Those double lines can`t have been easy but you have done a great quilting job.

  4. the quilt looks wonderful, I hadn't thought about double lines taking away mistakes

  5. Well this is one fine quilt!. I really like the pattern, the fabrics, and the quilting. I may "borrow" your double quilting lines - especially if they make things appear straighter than they actually are.

  6. Congratulations! It really is an achievement, and you must feel like a weight has been lifted. The quilt is beautiful; love, love, love the colours and the Asian "flavoured" fabrics that you used. Cute title as well.

    1. Thank you very much! I am pretty pleased with how it came out. I didn't compromise, and it looks how I imagined it would, so it was all worth it in the end. :)


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