Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Ta Daaa !
Back before I owned internet and back when I was learning to sew, I started this little 'school' quilt for my sweet little girl, who is now 30 years old. I dreamed that she would become a school teacher one day, because that was what I wanted to be as an adult.
Funny thing is: my little girl grew up to be a hair dresser. My son is the teacher. Did I tell you he was voted Teacher of the Year at his school in High Point last school year? (side thought: little daughter had a jumper dress made out of the chalkboard fabric too! )
This is the quilt I decided to finish without spending much time on. Not to mention being very very frugal about it. I picked up this lightweight quilted bedspread at Goodwill and it has fabric on both sides. After a good wash in the washer, I cut it down to use as backing and batting. ($4)
Here it is all pinned together and ready for the sewing machine. This quilt is not very large and I was amazed at how easily it quilted with my walking foot! No stress whatsoever!
The binding was made from a piece of gingham fabric I found in the clearance bin at Hobby Lobby. By the way, does gingham have a right side and wrong side? Anyone know?? I machine stitched front and back sides of binding.... not very pretty, but like I said, I didn't want to spend a lot of time on this quilt. No hand sewing!
So that's the story of the frugal, non stressed quilt. The whole time I was haphazardly sewing it together, I kept thinking of the ladies who made quilts that were strictly utilitarian, telling myself it didn't really matter what it looked like. I haven't put it through the washer yet, so whether my 1990's sewing will hold up to washing and drying yet, I just don't know. I did machine stitch around my appliqued apples, because I didn't trust my hand applique to hold up.
One more thing... guess who got a little Vit D today? Can you see the rain coming across the ocean? We were able to sit out for about an hour before the rain arrived, which was plenty for me. It was a good day!