Sunday, July 25, 2010

A comfort quilt that shines. . .

This is another one of those quick quilts . It is for a friend who just had surgery and needed the comfort of a bright and cheery lap quilt. Done in three days amongst the other projects on the slate. It measures approx 63x74 before quilting and washing. I prefer to not prewash my fabrics so that after that first wash, they "blossom" into lovely cozy shrinkles. The sun face center is my own design but the rest of the motifs are called Sun Spirit by Kim Diamond at Sweet Dreams Quilt Studio. For the sun face I stitched the design four times with red, orange, variegated yellows, and neon yellow. That made the face "shine" above the rest of the quilting. I could have used the multiple thread method, but this way it stitched off track and made a wider path.

I began with a grid of nine-inch squares, six across and seven down. I wanted the sun to shine in the center so the middle column is a bit different than the checkerboard in the two outer columns. Since it was a rush project, I finished the binding on my DSM with a loopy stitch that took forever but really nailed down the binding. It's much more durable than a hand finished binding too.

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