Wednesday, April 7, 2010

"Perfect" Amish quilt

Thanks so much, Tonya for letting me join in this fun blog! My quilt was inspired by the book "Amish Abstractions." There are several string quilts in the book, a Chinese coin quilt, and a baby quilt called "Joseph's Coat." And I learned how to do the free-pieced letters from Tonya's blog

I've been enjoying the free-pieced letters for some time, and I've made wall hangings and a quilt incorporating them. This quilt was made using only solid fabrics. Over the past year or so, I've been collecting an assortment of solid fabrics. I purchased the hot pink especially for this quilt. The quilt is hand quilted except for the outer borders, which I sewed on the machine. I enjoyed doing the hand quilting very much, especially because in a liberated quilt, you can stitch with some abandon. If you are doing hand quilting, I advise getting a good light. I purchased an inexpensive reading lamp because the lamp that I've been using all along malfunctioned, and had to be disposed of. Now, about the binding. I make a straight of grain binding, which I cut 1 3/8 inches wide. I sew it to the quilt front in a 1/4 inch seam, then I turn it to the back and hand hem it.


Brenda said...

it's perfect, of course! congrats on a great finish.

Kathleen C. said...

I love your block arrangement and the colors,Roz. And I agree about the hand quilting being more casual for a liberated quilt.
I like a floor lamp over my left shoulder (I'm right handed), especially if the lamp has a swing arm. And I put in a 3-way bulb so I can get 150 watts of light. Lighting makes all the difference.
kathleen C. in CT

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

Congrats! Send me a large copy of the photo and I'll put it on the website. I use an Ott Light for quilting - I'm definitely having more problems quilting at night these days.