Friday, February 22, 2013

A Bit of Whimsy in Grandma's Sewing Room

 I've finished my Grandma's Sewing Room quilt- a mix of spools and jars. 57x63, it used a lot of my aqua and red scraps. 

It's not really finished until it's labeled and washed but it's pretty cuddly without being put through the wringer. I ought to know...for the last several weeks it's been on my lap almost every night after work while I've worked on hand quilting it. 


First I used red hand quilting thread to stitch in the ditch around the spools because I wanted to practice my hand quilting skills (smaller stitch length, even stitches, using a thimble) and I didn't want my practice to show too much.  Then I did a sort of free motion laced running stitch in red perle #8 all around the spools and jars to simulate loose thread.

The laced running stitch left it looking like a continuous thread on the top of the quilt but left it looking like a running stitch on the back of the quilt.

I used sewing themed fabrics in the borders and Kona turquoise for the binding.
 I have to admit Grandma's Sewing Room has a few spiders and cobwebs because Grandma spends her spare time after a long day at work sewing instead of dusting.

And doesn't every sewing room have a few jars of sewing supplies like buttons and snacks like mixed nuts?

Now I can mark #12 off my list of UFOs. (I had a total of 73 UFOs on the list on Jan 1).

Well, it's Friday and I finished this quilt so I'm linking to Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.  Stop by and see all the fun things everyone else has finished up and a bit of inspiration.   And, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?    You might also want to stop by Confessions of a Fabric Addict to see what everyone's Whoop Whooping about. 


Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I just love this quilt! Great fabrics, pattern and your hand stitching is the perfect finishing touch.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Forgot to say GREAT job on finishing 12 of those UFOs too! Awesome...

Emily said...

What fun quilting!

sue said...

What a great quilt! It just makes me smile. Well done!