Somehow the month of November passed me by, and I didn't even realize it. It probably had something to do with work and then traveling to Sacramento for a week to visit the in-laws. Thus this is my long-delayed 100th post!
I can hardly believe it. I've been able to stick with this blog for four years now! Reviewing my old posts, I can see how my interests have morphed over the years. What does remain constant is the borderline obsessive-compulsive personality behind these interests!
OK, now on to sewing. I finally finished quilting and binding this quilt top, which I just gifted to by youngest. He is turning five on Monday, yippee!
I went a little overboard on the pics, but I just loved putting this quilt together so much. I wanted to be able to document all the things I liked about it. I originally posted about the details here. The pattern for this quilt is called "Jitterbug," from Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott. The fabric is Punctuation by American Jane, and the background is my favorite Kona in snow.
"Simple" was the guiding theme when I first considered the quilting. I started by outlining each of the quilt blocks. Mr. Elvy then suggested I do a diagonal grid through the center squares, which turned out awesome.
Then I couldn't resist doing a little FMQ. I tried not to be too ambitious, as I was with this quilt. I wanted to complete the quilting as quickly as I could, so I could move on to other projects. I stitched little boxes around each patterned rectangle along the border, and then did the wavy line on the white background border areas by tracing lines drawn about one-half inch apart. I think it turned out quite well.
I completed the binding by machine stitching both the front and the back of the binding with a walking foot. I love this method of attaching the binding -- it is so much faster than hand-stitching.
Here are a few more gratuitous pictures. This is how the binding looks like from the front. Once the quilt is laundered, the stitch-in-the ditch seam in the front all but disappears.
The backing is also from American Jane, although I can't think of the name of the line off the top of my head. It included a bunch of chickens.
Finally, here's a full picture of the quilt. It's big enough to fit a twin-sized bed, and I was able to make up No. 2's bed this morning with it.