Sunday, May 5, 2013

Another Customer Quilt Done!

Quote for the Day:
"Friendship is sewn with love and measured by kindness."
~author unknown

I have a quilt finish to share with you!  YIPPEE!  :)

I was asked by my neighbor (and friend) to hand quilt a top that her great aunt made back in the 1940-50's range.  We aren't exactly sure of the time period because it has both feedsacks and shirting fabric in it.  (There used to be a shirt factory in town and people could go and buy the "ends" or scraps that were left over, so when you find a quilt or quilt top from this area it is not uncommon to find it made with the leftover shirtings from that factory.)

I took Kathy shopping with me to find just the right backing fabric.  Since she loves purple, we picked out a very pretty purple 1930's feedsack reproduction fabric to compliment the age of the top.  I put the quilt into my frame on March 17 and finished up the binding yesterday, May 4!   That's a record for me, but truth be told, it was only a twin size!  :)

Yesterday, I washed the quilt and today I delivered it to her.  The problem, though, is that she wasn't home!  :(  But her husband was, so I left it with him.  He said he would be gone by the time Kathy got home, but he would drape it over the back of the couch so it would surprise her when she got home!  :)

I quilted it in diagonal lines and put a nice cable in the border, but unfortunately, the cable doesn't show up well because of the print.   I used Hobbs Tuscany 100% cotton batting.  It needles like "buttah" and gives such a nice, antique-looking crinkle to the quilt after washing.  :)

The next quilt to go into the frame will be another twin-sized quilt for another customer.  Then I have 3 quilts of my own that need to get done.   :)

Meanwhile, we've been burning brush and debris on our new property every evening, so that is keeping us/me busy!  It is looking sooooooooooo much better!  I'll do a follow-up post on that soon, too!



  1. Another beautiful job Loretta! I love these antique quilts!

  2. It looks great, Loretta. I hope you've already received a phone call from your neighbor! The backing fabric looks perfect for the fabrics on the front. Did you mark the lines on the front of the quilt or quilt "free-hand?" I think that you quilted it really quickly especially considering that you have another job. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    1. I used my 24" ruler and drew lines diagonally across the quilt, going from corner to corner through the blocks.

      My neighbor still isn't home. She had a bowling tournament today in another city. I just wish I could see her face when she sees it! I hope she likes it! :)

  3. Great looking quilt and congratulations for rescuing an old top for a customer. You did so well and I appreciate the recommendation on the batting, too.