|The back of the quilt|
|The raggedy front|
I have been fascinated by the various "plus" quilts I have seen on quilt blogs. I was planning to use up some left-over homespun plaids and checks to make a quilt for my son. That pattern seemed perfect.
I have made two homespun rag quilts:
|I used reds and greens and used fusible interfacing on the hearts, and then used a machine blanket stitch around each heart. I quilted it with a meandering stitch in red.|
|This quilt has been a cozy couch quilt for a decade!|
When I had initially tried to organize my stash, I found I had some leftover squares with hearts already attached.
|Little left-over hearts. I still have more - another project will surely follow!|
|The batting squares. This turned out to be a good way to use up those leftovers from trimming quilts!|
Mid-July, we had a trip that involved some long drives, so I took some of the homespun sandwiches to quilt by hand in the car. I planned on simple "x"s to stabilize the batting. I chose a dark red thread, rather than go with either cream or black. The handquilting, in a moving car, proved to be very slow, and not particularly enjoyable. The squares below were the ones I finished. The car ride each way was 7 hours! The pattern I worked out called for 224 finished squares. If I continued at this pace, the quilt would be finished in 2030!
|Stacks of 5 squares - I ended up also stitching around the perimeter, since some of the batting in an earlier quilt had bunched in one of the earlier quilts.|
The tricky part was laying out the squares in the pattern, and then sewing them up in the right order. I had to leave this laid out on my living room floor until it was done!
I had some special snippers and used them to cut into the raggy seams. If I had used the 1" seams, I think none of the batting would show.
|I ended up washing to quilt twice, and had to remove the threads from the lint trap every 10 minutes.|
|A close-up of the red quilting on the blocks.|
|The heart blocks!|
|The warm quilt on the new white chair. The old chair finally fell apart!|
I still have more leftover homespun than I expected, but much less than before! I will be adding my label to this quilt today, and sending this off to Dave this weekend. I have four other projects underway, and hope to have another finish to share soon. Enjoy the holiday!Take care,