I began this piece approx. 18 years ago and have held onto it ever since even though it was never finished. It's the perfect size to make into my sewing machine cozy. All I have to do is finish quilting it, make the binding and bind it.
|Traced my heart and into the quilting hoop we go.|
|Supposed to be straight down through the fabric. :(|
|Then it's a rocking motion sharp up and straight down, sharp up and straight down.|
|Thimbles are a must!|
|Pulling the needle through.|
That's how you can tell a good quality and well made quilt, by the stitching. The closer the stitches are, the better. The quilts you find in the stores are not a good quality, they are made by cheap labor and the stitches are far apart and not evenly spaced. I don't have anything against these quilts because some of them are very pretty with the fabrics and colors chosen, but just so you know the difference. You have to remember that to get a quilt with good stitching you'll have to either do it yourself or pay a premium price because quilting a quilt takes lots and lots of hours. And then you have the binding which needs to be sewn on by both machine on one side and by hand on the other with hidden stitching.
Oh, and People, please, please, please, never sit on a quilt. It breaks the stitches. If you have it folded and hanging on a quilt rack, take it off once per month and refold it a different way. Wash it with very little soap and double rinse to get all the soap out of the fabric and do not use fabric softener on quilts. Lots of little rules but very important to keep your heirloom in good shape.
|You can see that my stitches aren't as close as they should be. More practice needed.|