At last this shoo fly quilt is finished!!! You have no idea how happy I am to cross this off my WIPs.
Because of being highly skilled at multitasking, I managed to finish this shoo fly quilt over the weekend while one the road to visit my son (husband driving of course) and tailgating! My kids kept teasing me that I was thinking of my next blog post titled "This is my kind of tailgating!" They knew something was up
anytime I ask to have my picture taken when I asked my husband to take a picture of me hand stitching the binding.
|My husband has been fired as the family photographer!|
For several reasons, some of which I hope are obvious (if not, ask and I'll explain) and a few of which are personal, I decided a while back to name this shoo fly quilt No Worries.
Towards the end of the process, however, I do believe the quilting gods were laughing at this choice of names as I had plenty of worries with this quilt. It seems no matter how many times I did the math, I never had enough pieces to finish all the blocks so I would cut more center squares then more print squares and so on; I also worked on piecing the blocks with three different machines depending on whether I was in Orlando, Montana or at the quilt retreat in Minnesota resulting in three slightly different block sizes which made squaring up fun; lastly, I had to use two different machines for quilting because with only eight blocks to go, my Bernina
had a temper tantrum stopped cooperating, so I pulled out the machine I take to Sew Days and quilted the last few blocks that way.
Again, practicing my free motion quilting skills using a variegated thread by Mettler (#9814). I quilted hearts inside the center squares and the other solid blue areas, while quilting a meandering stitch in all other areas. After washing and drying, the quilt measures 52"x72". I am sure everyone recognizes the pattern by Malka from her Color My Cloth book (so want to make her oversize shoo fly block quilt). I adjusted the block size, number of blocks and added a 5" border.
The recipient is a sweet young lady who has been waiting very patiently for this quilt without any complaints. By now she is used to her aunt being a slacker when it comes to delivering gifts on time....even when they aren't homemade. I hope she will think the quilt was worth the wait.