This is my Country Rose quilt. I first mentioned it here. I pieced the quilt. (Finally added those dreaded borders.) I basted it with pins, and did the binding.
Then I took it to the church, where I used thumb tacks to attach it to quilting frames.
Those flannel strips protect the finished edges from the thumb tacks. They are approximately 2.5 x 6 inches, and I folded them in half.
Instead of C-clamps, we use glue clamps on the corners. (My dad came up with this idea many years ago.)
Here it is all ready to be tied by the women in my ward for a sister whose family has been going through a very rough time.
I even got a bunch of needles threaded and ready to go. Did you know that padded chairs make great pin cushions? And would you believe that I had so much fun working on the quilt and teaching others how to tie it, that I forgot to take fun pictures with my friends?
We didn't actually finish it at the church, so we took the thumb tacks out on the two short sides, and rolled it up on the long boards to fit it in my vehicle. Then my sweet husband helped me get it set up in our basement. My friend S, helped me finish it the next day. I was amazed at how well it went together, even with having to take it down at the church.
Here it is all finished. (It was really gloomy outside, so these are indoor pictures.)
Quilt Stats # 89
Name: Country Rose
Pattern: Double 4-Patch
Fabric: Hoffman floral and pinks from my stash
Amount used: 11 yards
Batting: Polyester comfort loft
Tied with: Crochet thread
Size: about 68 x 86 inches
Date finished: February 2012
What I learned:
- While I love the look of quilted quilts, there is something so wonderful about sitting around a frame with other women all adding their love through their stitches.
- I love the simplicity of the double four-patch to showcase the floral fabric.
- I like 100% polyester batting in tied quilts.
Another reason why this quilt was so much fun to work on was because my second pieced quilt was made out of the same floral. My Barn Raising Log Cabin top was pieced in 1994, but I finished hand quilting it in 2000. Here they are together.
And another one...
It is my hope that the woman we made this quilt for will feel the love of all the Relief Society and our Savior as she enjoys this quilt. I really enjoyed making it for her with the help of my friends at church.
P.S. I will be linking this up with Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.