Sunday, December 5, 2010

Quilt Journal #2

Each week I am featuring one of my quilts to show my progress as a quilter. This week is the second quilt I made. It is a flag quilt. It was a wall hanging pattern, but I liked it so much I decided to enlarge it by 2 squares, make the borders bigger and make it a lap quilt for my friend, who collects Americana.
 This was still a learning experience for me and after many hours of ripping out stitches (my Junior High Home-Ec teacher said to never use a seam ripper! It's this quilter's best friend!) and trying to make straight, even seams, my family said I couldn't give it away.  I machine quilted this quilt in a cross-hatch pattern. I really had no idea what I was doing. My lines were not straight and I still had to get more quilting supplies. But I could already feel myself getting "hooked" on quilting. This quilt comes out every year from Memorial Day through Labor Day. All the grandkids have napped on it. It goes to the beach. It covers a lap on a cool summer evening. It has become a family favorite. I finally did make those friends a quilt...but that will be featured at another time.



I love it, but I don't think I've ever seen it in person! (unless it's been folded on the sofa)