Wednesday, December 26, 2012
One More Finish for the Year
This quilt started with two little fat quarters. They were purchased a couple of years ago with a special friend in mind, but I never could figure out what to make with them. He works in an open office/cubicle environment and I knew he'd appreciate the humor of the office setting. The fabric with all the messages has one very special message, "LUNCH W/ DEB TUES 12:30". Yep, a lunch date and a quilt all wrapped into one.
Somewhere along the way, I cut the fat quarters into 5-inch squares, added some teal and black scraps and made nine tossed 9-patch blocks. Those sat for a little more than a year until I recently decided that it was time to finish this quilt. It needed to be a bit larger than just the blocks so I added black sashing and a wide border. The finished size is 58" square.
To quilt it, I stitched straight lines a quarter inch away from each sashing seam and also on either side of the center seam for each block. Each line goes from edge to edge of the quilt so that the borders are quilted along with the rest of the quilt rather than as a separate design.
Since this was another stash busting quilt, the back is solid black. It's the only thing I had on hand that worked with the front and that I had enough of to make a back.
I'm trying to get better about adding labels to my quilts. There are many of my quilts out there in the world without a label.
John hasn't actually received this quilt yet. I thought about waiting until it was in his hands before posting this, but he'll enjoy reading about it here and quilts are always better in person. Maybe we'll even meet on a Tuesday at 12:30. That would be fun.