Sunday, June 2, 2013
Last year, during July, I worked on this Patriotic star quilt top. It's about 34" square, so it's for a table topper or wall hanging, or even a small baby quilt. The pattern was free, to celebrate Eleanor Burn's July birthday. I finished the top, and then went on to other projects, which means this top is a UFO! UnFinished Object (for non-quilty friends, lol). Occasionally, I make a top and don't get to finish it right away. In this case, it was probably because July had passed, and I wanted to work on something else. Red, white and blue decor is for Summer, I think.
I did bring it down to Enright's to layer and pin baste, but when I calculated the backing, I mis-calculated, so the top was put in the pile for "later". The funny thing is, I often wait until the last minute to make the binding, and in this case, the binding was made, pressed, and coiled, waiting in my drawer. I have never done that before. This meant an even easier finish, but I still put it off. Weird, huh??
I decided on Memorial Day that I needed to work on something Patriotic, so I searched for backing and batting, pinned the layers, and started to quilt it. I used Aurifil 50wt in the Red, White and Blue variegated for most of it, and some cream for the background. I finished the quilting and did the binding yesterday. I can see an improvement in my Free Motion Quilting. This includes feathers, stars and swirls, all free-hand. I'm so glad to have another item crossed off my UFO list, and have this cutie listed in my Etsy store.