Cause for Celebration

natl quilting day 2016Tomorrow is National Quilting Day, and I’m celebrating on the eve of its 25th anniversary with my third finish of the year:

Abe's quilt
This baby quilt (40″ x 49″) is a fraternal twin of the one I made from the same fabrics and wrote about here. You saw the one above a couple of posts ago before the binding was applied. This is the first time I’ve ever made a scrappy binding and I’m very happy with the way it turned out. I made sure that each side of the quilt received a bit of the striped fabric, which looks so good on the bias.

The quilting motif of bubbles, very nicely done by longarm quilter Sherry Wadley, helped me solve a dilemma when it came to the quilting label. I usually fuse a round label on the back of my quilts (following my own tutorial). Since this quilt is backed with an incredibly soft and plush polyester known as a “cuddle fabric” (aka Minky,) I didn’t dare put as much heat on it as a fusible would require.

The solution was to stitch the label on the back by machine:

Abraham's quilt stitched label

From the front, you can’t tell which circle was made by the label:

Abe's quilt detail

I started the year with four baby quilts on my docket. Now it’s five. Granddaughter #3 (in birth order) is expecting her second child, a girl, in a few months, so my list is expanding rather than contracting. I already have a pattern in mind, and the perfect focus fabric is already in my stash. Another cause for celebration!

 

 

 

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5 Responses to Cause for Celebration

  1. Jeanne says:

    Busy, busy.
    Nice solution for the label application!
    Abraham will love it.

  2. Diane says:

    It is such a wonderful gift to give not just a baby quilt that is one of a kind and made by a gifted quilter, but one that becomes an instant heirloom treasured for eons to come. Please tell me what could be more terrific?

  3. Kristi says:

    Good heavens, Dawn. Are you really a Great Grandmother???

  4. Vickie says:

    Look at you knocking the projects out the park and just in time for baseball season. Keep up the grand slam work.

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