Today I wish to share with you the Row Block of the Month I worked on last year. It only took three weeks to do the hand quilting. I hand quilted around the inner border of each block and the shapes. I did a bit during the day and most of it was done at night time while watching television. Now I don't hand quilt like everyone else. I take one stitch at a time. I used to be able to do the quilting a few stitches at once. Unfortunately I don't like using a thimble so I find it better to just do what I feel comfortable with. It may take my longer but I do get there in the end.
It turned out quite big. The final measurements being 80 inches long and 53 inches wide. There was a different theme for each set of blocks. Chickens, hearts, trees, flowers,angels,baskets and scraps. The blocks I made that were scrappy I cut up and used across the quilt for sashing. I took two of the blocks of from the chicken and heart row. The chicken one that had the machine embroidery of our favourite chicken recipes will be put on the back. The heart stitchery will be used in something else.
I used a cotton wadding and this caused a few problems with the fluff going everywhere whilst I was quilting. Lots and lots of scraps were used in this quilt. I raided my button jar to sew some buttons onto the suffolk puffs on the baskets.
I used Gutermann quilting cotton that was a cream colour for the quilting. I used a red shade for the red square.Calico was the only material that I purchased for the backing. I bought a little less than what I needed because I wanted to add some strips of scraps. I had a bag of these that I had sewn up at sewing last year on the final day and just needed to add some more. I also used the strips of scraps for the borders.
For the binding I also used the strips. The strips were 3 inches wide so I just cut the backing and wadding a little wider to allow the strips to fit nicely on the border.
It turned into a lovely bright quilt which I know will keep someone very warm. Quilting on days with temperatures at 35 degrees I can tell you it is very warm under there. It is much brighter than what shows up in the photo's but I didn't want to get it dirty outside on the paving so dull inside photo's will have to do.
Thanks for visiting "Kainga" today, I hope you have a happy day.