Sunday, December 18, 2011

Promise Kept--a finish

Smaller quilts make for faster finishes, that is true, but much time is still devoted to the quilting process.  I am pleased to report that the quilting was completed in a couple of lengthy sessions and one short one.  Putting on the binding was fairly quick since I do it all by machine using my walking foot.  My version of "Flowers for Nana Girl" (from Scrap Basket Sensations) is called Yellow Flowers for Yadi.

Yadi is my co-worker who is a nursing student and working two jobs part-time while she studies.  She has been our back office assistant for a number of years and we share a room at work.  She loves yellow and her second favorite color is pink.  The one pink block is the "heart" of the quilt.

Hard to tell, probably, but the outside block sashing is a white fabric with a tiny pink dot.

The back is all flannel to keep the student warm and cozy while she reviews for those difficult tests!

This photo shows the all over texture pretty well. Bren and Joy asked how I kept my spacing so even and consistent.  Well, a close inspection would reveal that it isn't at all perfect, with some squashed and shortened loops and some too widely spaced apart.  Mostly I worked within the "lines" of the blocks.  On my domestic sewing machine, with its very small throat space, it was necessary to corral the loops to about 4-5 inches wide to avoid having to shift the quilt too much and risk crooked loops.  Also I don't sew very fast so I feel I have more control.  There was some ripping out and a couple of times the needle got broken, but overall it went fairly smoothly.  I used a white quilting weight thread, which meant filling the bobbin frequently, however.   So happy to have made my promise to myself come true and I look forward to giving it to Yadi tomorrow at work.  Pics to follow!


Vivian said...

Indeed you're a woman of your word, but I didn't doubt it for a second. There's going to be a VERY surprised and happy coworker tomorrow.
You're the embodiment of the Christmas spirit, Miss Annie. Well done!

Kate said...

Congrats on the finish. It's a beautiful quilt. I love the lone pink bloom in with all the yellow.

Belinda said...

YIPPEE!! I knew you could do it!!!
I'm very impressed with your big L quilting too!!!
How could she not love it!!!

Marg said...

It's absolutely lovely Annie. Congratulations on finishing it, she will love it.

Michele said...

Congratulations on such a lovely finish! Beautiful work! I'm sure she will be thrilled :-) Thanks for sharing your accomplishments with us.

Bren said...

Congrats on a job well done ! You are an inspiration !

Stephanie said...

I love the special sentiment with the pink heart of the quilt. This will be a special gift and well loved.

Quilter Kathy said...

It's so beautiful! I love all the special touches you included in this thoughtful gift!