Last post! R and M’s engagement/Christmas quilt!
In my last post, I wrote about how I assembled the quilt. Today my post is about the quilting.
I did some quilting by hand and some by machine. Here are the threads I used:
I do not appear to have taken any pictures of the machine quilting I did. I apologize for the oversight. I did a crisscrossing pattern on the white border, which came out really pretty. I used several different colors – dark green, light green, and two or three pinks, including a burgundy. You’ll have to take my word for it.
I also quilted along the Xes – which, again, I do not appear to have taken pictures of. I just quilted down the middle. I used forest green thread.
I hand-quilted pairs of hearts in each center white square. I did a whipped running stitch, with the base in forest green and the whipping in lime green. As you can see, the hearts overlap onto the red and pink triangles. I did my best to center them.
As I quilted, I snipped out the basting stitches. I did the edges first, then the hearts by hand, then the machine quilting of the Xes last.
I had two large white blocks on opposing corners, which I saved for last. I knew I wanted to decorate them with something special. I found the following pretty pattern, which I outlined in a running stitch. I did the heart in a variegated pink thread and I did the “leaves” (I thought of it as a flower with a heart in place of the blossom) in alternating forest green and lime green.
In the other corner, I embroidered R and M’s initials. I used red for him and pink for her – their favorite colors – and two little hearts in the same variegated threads. Bonus! This picture shows some of the crisscrossed machine quilting I did on the white border.
I used a fabric pen and wrote their names and “Christmas 2012” on the back and signed it.
I finished the initials while Papa S was picking up R from the airport for Christmas, so I cut it pretty close when it came to finishing this present.
Here are pictures of R opening the quilt:
Yes, he immediately swathed himself in it and peered out at us from behind it, looked delightfully deranged.
I visited R and M in January and they had the quilt out on the spare bed! I got to sleep under it. Sorry the picture is so small – I was hoping it would show more of the machine quilting, but it does not.
This ends the three-part series. 🙂 Look for a new project in my next post. All I can promise is that it will be colorful.