Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Jimmy's Patriotic Quilt Finished!








Yay me! It's finally done! There must be thousands of stitches in this thing, all by hand. If I were to give this quilt a nickname it would be "the quilt that almost convinced me to buy a sewing machine". It took what seemed like forever, but was more like six weeks. If you want to see the individual blocks closer up, here are the stars, the flags, and the Sams. Here are the photos of the quilt party where I presented it to him! With cake photo!

This quilt was supposed to be a twin size, but if you'll notice, I put the sashing in only one way and not the other way - it was already too big I discovered. This gave it an interesting medallion effect in the center four blocks. As it turns out, his new bed is actually a double, so it fits perfectly and the flags don't hang off the sides as they do here.

I also didn't add the four inch border all the way around that I had cut, so I pieced it to make a piece big enough for the pillow. I put his name on the pillow in felt letters, lower case. I forgot that I don't want to use flannel for the letters on the back anymore, as they tend to shred. Oh well, I'll replace it when that happens. Also, his pillowcase was supposed to be the Texas flag, but sharp eyed viewers will note that the red and white blocks are supposed to be top and bottom to each other, not left and right. Oh well again! I'd never made a pillowcase before, so I taught myself how from this internet tutorial. It was easy.

I used an orphan 400 thread count sheet for the back and I love it! It's all smooth and silky and sheety. Mmmm. Wonderful sheetiness.... I tied it in red, white and blue embroidery floss. Enjoy!

6 comments:

Tonya's Sewing Room said...

WOW, your work is amazing. I love this quilt. And by hand?? your awesome!! great job!!

ivoryspring said...

Lovely! And you did it by hand? Simply amazing!

Notjustnat said...

Hi Wendy, just love your handmade quilts. I came here through Brown Dert Cottage blog. Thanks for sharing your quilts and family with us - Natima

imquilternity said...

Your quilt is lovely and I'm still so amazed that you do it all by hand.

belinda said...

Yes....thousands and thousands I'm sure....all lovingly wonderfully one by one!! This quilt is awesome...well done Wendy!!!

Mushyhed said...

I really, really, really love this quilt!