Some people can whip up a quilt in a weekend, or possibly even a day, but I am not one of those people. This is one of the quickest quilts I have completed, and it has taken me exactly a month. I had help.
My good friend Debbie quilted some sections of the quilt with a pattern of stars, and the spotty section with swirls. I hand quilted the circles with embroidery floss, sprinkling them with more circles of their own. I had intended to quilt them with concentric circles, but was not sure I had the time to quilt these as carefully as I would have needed to.
This is the back, which is mainly homespun, but cut with a section of scraps from the front. I am really pleased with it. The orange embroidery floss shows up as little running-stitch circles on the back which is also an effect I quite like.
I decided against adding a separate label, instead I chose a section of the lightest “stripe” across the back to write directly onto. If you can read it, you will notice that this quilt if for a brand new nephew, Benjamin Lewis “Matching-Peg”, who was born last month. I had hoped to finish this by Christmas Day, when we first met the newest member of the clan. Sadly I had to show the quilt to his mother as an almost finished work in progress.
Because I was running late on this quilt, I got to sew the binding on in the daylight hours, at a most pleasant venue – the local park. In the background you can just make out the other members of the Matching Pegs household, including the littlest one, on her new bike – which comes with a handy steering handle.
So this quilt is my last project for 2008 – a most productive year. What was your last project finished in 2008?
For all of you out there who are going to see in the new year with festivities – I hope you have a safe, sparkly and happy evening – and a wonderfully creative 2009.