Friday, February 24, 2017

Finished Quilt!

This is my first finish for 2017! It's called Valentine 9 Patch and was a quiltalong with Temecula Quilts in 2014. The free pattern is still available - just click on the Temecula link. The finished quilt is 24" x 24".



I started the project with fabrics from the "Mama Said Sew" line by Sweetwater. I had a charm pack and a bit of yardage, and added a solid white Kona for the background.





The heart blocks were pieced on my 1964 white featherweight that I call "Sweet baby Jayne". This is such a beautiful sewing machine and was the perfect choice to sew these love blocks.


The machine quilting was done on my Brother 1500 which is such a work horse machine. It only does a straight stitch and has been quilting all my quilts for more than 20 years. 

A quirky bit of trivia about this wallhanging. In my excitement to start the quilting, I basted the quilt top to the backing with the text going vertically instead of horizontally. I only realized this when I was almost finished the quilting and had no intention of ripping out the stitches, repositioning the backing and starting over! It's another one of those humble moments in quilt making, but the mistake will face the wall, and only you and I will know this bit of trivia... don't tell anyone :)

How do you know when a quilt is really finished?
It has a label on the back. I stitch my labels right into one of the binding corners.
BTW I really liked using these binding needles by Fons and Porter.

26 comments:

Anne Ida said...

This turned out lovely! Congrats on the finish! And hey - if you hang it on a wall, who is going to see the back :-)

The Cozy Quilter said...

I won't tell anyone about the backing being sideways! I love the little hearts on the front! Great quilt, Kathy!

Jo said...

That's a real cute little quilt. Very sweet

SandraC said...

I didn't know there was such a thing as a binding needle! What is it that makes it a binding needle?

Ariane said...

It's a beautiful little quilt! Congrats on a wonderful finish!

Jacqui's Quilts said...

Ha ha...I have a few of those 'sideways' and 'upside down' backs too! Love the little wall hanging...very sweet. I have that charm pack too, but bravely resisted the urge to make this because I'm still working on my UFO's :-). Thanks for the tip on the binding needles. Will look for these!

Ellen said...

Your little quilt is cute - I love your choice of fabrics. You did a great job on the quilting!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

That isn't a mistake, it was a design choice, LOL!! I have not seen binding needles, will give those a try.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Congrats! on your newly completed quilt. Enjoy!!

Teresa Rawson said...

How cute is this! And I love your little secret of the sideways backing...that will be a fun thing for you and others to discover through the years!!! I love it when people do surprising things on the back, whether they meant it or not.

Amy said...

What a wonderful quilt for all year long! Your mistake reminds me of the clock in my sewing hole. My father made all 5 of his children clocks about 30 years ago. When we opened them, I noticed that mine had the "9" in the 12 o'clock position. Since the clock face was glued onto wood, he couldn't change it, and apologized. I loved the quirkiness of it then and still do now. Hopefully, your cock-eyed back will make you smile in years to come!

Kath said...

that little quilt is adorable! I was interested to see the bonding needles, (I love binding), how are they specialised for the job?

Sharon Brown said...

Lovely little quilt, especially love the colors. I noticed you have no date on your quilt label and wondered if you ever date them. I do date mine, just in case any of them last into the future, haha.

Raewyn said...

A lovely cute finish - well done on finishing something that's been around a little while!

Laura said...

I never heard of binding needles; I'll have to check them out.

Sweet little quilt!

Kyle said...

It's another beautiful finish. Thanks for linking the pattern.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

That's the kind of humbling experience that I know all too well! It's very cute though and as you say--no one will ever know--but for some reason, we are always compelled to spill the beans--lol!

Mary said...

Nobody will see the back unless you show them. Sew Cute! That's my kind of Label.

Teresa said...

Congratulations on your lovely finish. Like the others, I had not heard of binding needles. Gonna have to get some and try them out.

margaret said...

a lovely finish, reminds me must get Pearl my featherweight out and give her a run or she will feel neglected.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Congratulations on this beautiful finish! :)

Design Originals by KC said...

I love this finish... glad I read the post to know it is a humbling but such a beautiful quilt... put a handing sleeve on it and no one will pull up the beautiful front to note the back is vertical ! lol Thanks for sharing this on your blog too :) Kathi

Julierose said...

this is beautiful--love that text fabric...just say it was planned that way so your eyes would have to move around trying to read it lol hugs, Julierose

Janet O. said...

Adorable finish!
So is my quilt done because the label is on--even though it is blank? :) (I am such a problem child.)

Needled Mom said...

It is really lovely and mum is the word on the backing!

Kate said...

Congrats on a beautiful finish!