I had a great weekend. We bought a Christmas tree and it’s up and the apartment is decorated for Christmas. That’s a nice thing to check off my to-do list. Then I finished a quilt. I started this quilt way back in August and blogged about it in September. I didn’t show you the quilt top at that point but I did show you the quilt back. Then other deadlines got in the way and I put it away for awhile.
In early November, Gigi and I pin-basted it, then I started quilting it. Then other deadlines got in the way and I put it away again. I’m sensing a pattern here.
Last week, I was finally caught up and was able to get it back out and finish it. Here’s the front.
This is my take on a quilt designed by Bev Getschel for our Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 issue. Bev’s quilt is called Square Dance. I changed things up a bit when I made my version. I made my quilt larger than Bev’s by simply making the squares larger. Bev’s squares finished at 3” but my squares finish at 4”, making my quilt 88” x 96”. I did not use fat quarters to make my quilt so there are more different blue fabrics in mine than in the original. So the quilt is from the Best Fat Quarters Quilts 2014 issue but it isn’t a fat quarter quilt. That’s one of the things I love about quilting – patterns are a starting point. You don’t have to follow them exactly. You can change colors, sizes, block arrangement, just about anything to what you want. After all, it’s your quilt.
I pieced the back as I often do.
It has two orphan blocks, one machine embroidery stitch-out and one sweet little hand-embroidered block from 1970.
I made a baby bib for my daughter and thought it was so cute that I started making a quilt with the same little embroidered kittens. Unfortunately, I only made one block before I was bored with the whole idea. This block has been in my stash ever since.
I free-motion quilted just doing loop-de-loops. It’s an easy, mindless pattern to quilt. I have to admit that I struggled with the quilting though. This size of quilt is so much easier to quilt with one of the bigger machines. I quilted using one of my older machines and I shouldn’t have done that.
When I told my husband Bev Getschel’s quilt was named Square Dance and I wanted something along that line, he immediately suggested Hoedown. I thought that was a perfect name.
Now I have to give you a hint. One of the things I often tell people is not to point out their mistakes. If someone is admiring your quilt, just thank them; don’t feel like you have to show them your mistakes. However, I’m going to point out a mistake because I have a solution I want to share.
I have a couple of wrinkles on the back of the quilt.
See this one? The squares are 1¾”. So the wrinkle is small. The ideal solution would be to take out the stitching and redo that section. But I’m not going to do that. This is a utility quilt. It is never going to be entered in a show. I could just leave the wrinkle but I’m going to cover it up. I frequently put small pockets on my quilts. It started as a joke.
Once upon a time, I started making shirts for my grandsons. I cut them out and embroidered the grandson’s names on the pockets. Then I got sidetracked and they never got finished. Years later, I cut up the shirt parts and put them into a series of quilts I made. I cut the shirt fronts so one of the patches included the entire pocket. So there were pockets that worked on those quilts. My kids thought they were great fun so now there are often pockets on my quilts.
This quilt will have several pockets. There are 4 wrinkles so I’ll make 4 pockets. I have two of them done. Here’s one.
It’s only about 3” x 3¼” so it’s just for fun. This evening, I’m going to stitch on two more pockets and Hoedown will truly be finished. And I’ll be on to the next project.