I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! Our gathering was just me, Hubby and my mother-in-law. I made enough food to bring to my own mother and her aide as well as send leftovers home with my mother-in-law.
The Maroon Baby Quilt is finished. Happy Dance! I have to rinse out the markings and wash it still. The sun rays shining on it highlight the quilting in this photo. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.
I also need to give the quilt a different name and add a label. Any name ideas? My mother hand pieced this quilt several years ago, but didn't really love it and didn't want to quilt it. I took it and started hand quilting, then I took a break from it. I recently picked it up again to work on while visiting my mom. I finished sewing the self-binding on Thanksgiving.
If you are wondering what I mean by self-binding. I did not add a separate binding to this quilt. I cut the backing fabric one inch wider than the top and batting once the quilting was completed. I folded over 1/2 inch of this fabric and then folded it to the front of the quilt.
This is not as sturdy a binding as if I had used a separate double fold binding, but I only found the extra fabric needed to make a binding after I had already started this method. I will keep the extra fabric and label it for the appropriate quilt so that I can make sturdy binding in the future if it is needed.
On Friday I tried to figure out what project I wanted to work on next. I have several items that my mother started, but never finished. I could work on the Overall Sam quilt. Each Overall Sam needs to be echo quilted with DMC floss and also needs a running stitch 1/4 inch from the edge of each block.
I could also quilt the green/brown table topper that I purchased a new stencil for. If you zoom in, you can see that I already traced the stencil in the center.
I think this is what I will work on first, as I washed the navy backing fabric for Overall Sam and it ran badly. I think I will look for a lighter blue fabric for the backing. My mother had already purchased the batting for Overall Sam so I don't have to buy any.
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