Saturday, June 23, 2012

Finally, a Finished Quilt

I realize I haven't posted very much lately, and I apologize. It seems I'm in the summer doldrums two months early. so thanks to all of you for being patient with me. I do have a finish to reveal, a black and white cat on a black and white quilt. Oscar graciously agreed to pose sitting on my son's new quilt. I started this six years ago, but most of the blocks have been sitting in my sewing room, waiting to be turned into a useful quilt. If you follow this link, you'll see that I last posted on this in October, 2010.

Here you can get a good idea of the pattern, just a simple diagonal stripe. There are only two different blocks in this quilt, a black/white and a black/grey. 

I took this quilt top to a lady nearby who does long arm quilting, and together we picked out a not-to-feminine swirly quilt pattern, done in a black and white variegated thread.

A slightly longer shot shows the pattern nicely. I've decided that I will never, never, never quilt another quilt again. This was so easy and relatively inexpensive (about $150) for the effort involved. I don't have a long arm machine, and after having this quilted, I don't ever want to learn how to do it, even on a rental basis.

I chose a simple geometric black and white fabric for the backing. The quilt pattern doesn't show up on this at all, does it?

Not that I'm all that experienced a quilter, but I do like to do something a bit unusual for the borders. In this one, I added a narrow gold strip for some "pop", then pieced slightly wider grey strips together for the rest of the border. It seems to give a bit of movement to what is essentially a somewhat dull looking quilt. I ran out of the gold fabric I used for the centers of the log cabin blocks, but managed to find something similar for the border. No more black and white for me, I like a bit of color in my quilts.

I am so glad this thing is finished. I don't plan on doing much quilting in the future, although somewhere in the house there is a lovely blue/cream quilt-in-process that is partially cut out and almost not at all pieced. Now I can get back to something a bit more colorful in my various embroidery projects. I hope all of you have a great weekend and can manage to get some stitching time in!


  1. Yay Cynthia! Congratulations! You're ahead of me, because I still don't have a finished quilt to my name. Soon, though, soon.

  2. Oscar is very effectively camouflaged, isn't he! The quilt looks very crisp and suitably masculine - I hope your son appreciates it.

  3. I really like what you have achieved with a log cabin block. The prints working out into those diagonal stripes look great.

  4. Blogger's being weird and I don't know if a comment I just added reached you or not. In case it didn't, I said that the quilt is fantastic and your son is very lucky, and I asked how many hours it took to do.

    Sorry if you're getting this twice!

  5. That's a great quilt and perfect for a guy. I agree with you about the $ being worth it taking it to a professional long arm quilter. I don't mind the piecing but struggling with a quilt sandwich under a small machine or even trying to get good enough that I'd be able to do it with a rental doesn't appeal. Doesn't it feel great to get a UFO FO'd :)

  6. What a fabulous quilt.........and I have just spotted the cat!!!!


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