Back on the Scene: My Little Neighbor

It’s been a while!

When last we encountered My Little Neighbor on the pages of this blog, she had finished piecing the back of her scrappy 9-patch quilt:

2013-10, MLN with quilt back
That photo was taken in October 2013. A few weeks before she had completed piecing the top:

2013-9, MLN with her 9-patch

The 9-patch blocks were sewn by hand in the summer of 2012 when MLN was 10 years old. She was recovering from a broken foot and needed something to work on while keeping her foot (which was in a cast) elevated. Click here to read the very first post about her project.

The sashing strips and borders were sewn by machine after My Little Neighbor was mobile again. The plan was for her to quilt and bind the top herself. To that end I asked Nancy Stovall of Just Quilting to baste the layers together on her longarm machine using water-soluble thread. I knew it would be easier for MLN to guide the quilt under the machine if she didn’t have to stop to remove safety pins; the basting thread would vanish the first time the quilt was washed.

The basted quilt sandwich came back from Nancy but MLN was busy by then with school and other activities. A year passed. Then another. Then one more.

I waited patiently, knowing that at some point My Little Neighbor would come back to her quilt. Sure enough, there was a knock at my door a few weeks ago. By this time I had discovered the joys of having someone else quilt my quilts so I suggested to MLN that we send hers off to be quilted.

My friend Sherry Wadley, a professional longarmer, loaded the quilt onto her machine (even though the layers had already been basted) and quilted a charming floral motif that echoes the flowers in the quilt. I took out the basting in this one block to give you an idea of what the overall design looks like:

Here’s a glimpse of the back:

I sewed the binding on the quilt so all that’s left for MLN is to hand-sew the folded edge of the binding to the back and add a label. She came over a few days ago for a lesson. I showed her how to pin the binding to the back to cover the line of stitching and how to navigate the corners:


She got the hang of it right away:

My Little Neighbor is now 14 and in high school. She’s also 5’6″ tall. I think My Young Neighbor is a much more accurate descriptor, don’t you?




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5 Responses to Back on the Scene: My Little Neighbor

  1. Jeanne says:

    Wonderful for young people to learn the satisfaction of making something useful with their own hands!
    Good also that she chose to persevere and finish the project.
    You have planted some good seeds.

  2. Nancy says:

    Awesome, love the quilt!

  3. Vickie says:

    So glad to hear that your young neighbor came back to her quilt. Have you ever used wonder clips instead of pins to secure the binding to the back side of the quilt? She now has a treasure. Thank you for all your help and guidance with this young quilter.

    • Dawn says:

      I have used Wonder Clips, Vickie, and really love them! But I do prefer to pin the corners when sewing down the binding.

  4. Diane says:

    Oh gosh, Nubs, your patience is such a nice part of this story and a VERY big reason that she kept coming back. Lovely – really!

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