I love making quilts for people, but alas it’s not something I can easily afford. I need to sell my work in order to make some money, right?
Thankfully I can make an exception every once in a while. This time it’s for my mother (I’ll never make her pay for anything I make). I recently finished an early Mother’s Day/Birthday gift for her. Both days are within the same week so hey, two birds with one stone! It’s a string piece quilt! My mother’s favorite type of quilts are scrap. She doesn’t keep scraps because she uses the quilt top scraps to make the backing of the same quilts, resulting in a two-sided quilt made with the same fabrics. It’s really cool to see!
I have about three years worth of scraps. Anything more than 1.5 inches square is a scrap I keep. I had a lot of strips to work with (and still do!).
What I did was cut cheap printer paper to 8.5 inches square and sewed random strips to each sheet diagonally. I made I think…56 six blocks. Honestly, I have no idea. I just made a lot in order to make a large lap quilt. After sewing the blocks together I removed the paper. It was a hassle but totally worth it because there was less arguing with corners meeting. Then I added a white border. The backing was made with larger scraps and remnants as well as the extra blocks I had made but got tired of adding to the top. The result is a double sided quilt top! She hates the binding but whatever. I love the fabric and it’s binding leftover from a different quilt. Waste not, want not.
I did a simple design for the handquilting, just a simple X across every block and then framing the entire center. The thread I used is 100% cotton variegated rainbow from Sulky. I’m not a fan of the thread simply because it kept breaking. I don’t know WHY it was doing thing considering all the praise I hear. Maybe it’s best to use for machine quilting? I just had to be very gentle with it. I won’t be tossing the thread out; that stuff is EXPENSIVE! It’s just be used with a lighter touch.
All my gift quilts get a message stitched in if there’s enough space. For my mom it’s I LOVE U.
I sent it last week because she’ll be going on a quilters’ cruise in May. It arrived three days after sending it and SHE LOVES IT! She can’t decide which side is her favorite. I call that a win!