My husband's birthday quilt is now finished. :) Only a day after his birthday. But that's okay. I got it quilted in the morning yesterday, and then was able to fix him a nice home cooked meal and have family time. I finished up the binding and hanging tabs this morning. 4 days start to finish isn't bad.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I debated about quilting an all over design or a custom design. I decided to ask the birthday boy, and he chose the all over design. I guess he likes simple quilts too.
When quilting over the animals, I just tried not to quilt over their faces. I really like the way it turned out.
The animals are cut out from a Robert Kaufman Pine Ridge panel, and the block borders are a few fabrics my husband picked out as well as scraps from his Christmas quilt. The backing is a companion print from the Pine Ridge line.
Because the quilt finishes about 40 x 50 inches, I didn't have to piece the backing.
You can see the corners and tabs on the top for hanging the quilt. My husband was very specific on how he wanted to hang it. The corners will keep the rod from sliding out, and the tabs will keep it on the rod.
He found some hooks which fit this rod perfectly and will mount with screws flush to the wall.
When I make tabs or a hanging sleeve like this, I stitch the bottom down with some give at the top (about a half inch)
That helps the quilt not to "roll" over the rod and it hangs straighter. We used four of these hooks to hang it up.
And here is where it will live.
Knowing it will be displayed on a wall with wood paneling, I decided to bind it in green. (His favorite color.) It is the same plaid from the top of the quilt, but cut on the bias. I love plaids on the bias.
I added my favorite corner label to finish it.
Cheetah helped me name the quilt "Forest Friends." He didn't like my original name, "Wildlife." He can be such a sweet critic. ;)
Quilt Stats #136
Name: Forest Friends
Pattern: Square in a Square (blocks finish at ten inches, and borders are 1.25 inches finished)
Fabrics Used: Pine Ridge and scraps
Amount Used: 5 yards
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Size: About 40 x 50 inches
Date Finished: March 2015
What I learned:
- It helps to take a break from arranging things on the design wall.
- Fussy cutting uses up a lot more fabric.
- My dad loves this quilt. He wants one just like it but big enough to cuddle in.
Until he hangs this quilt up, I will be enjoying it on my sofa.
My husband received his big present (something for playing in the great outdoors) early, and his quilt a day late. At least he was able to open a gift from Jennifer on his birthday.
He loves the green, ducks, and hunting dogs. Thanks so much Jennifer!
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