RD’s quilt, aaaaaaaalllll done.
Been working diligently on this little quilt, but once you decide to do the quilting by hand, it takes a serious amount of time and one best be patient with the work and just get to it. Slow and steady wins the day, not rushing to “just-knock-it-out-and-get-it-done!” We were out in the Airstream this past weekend to southern Idaho and I had wanted it to be done before we left but didn’t make it. Indeed, I finished binding it, by hand because neat, tidy little stitches, while we were out. I mean, I machine sewed the binding onto the front, I just sewed the binding to the backing by hand, much like hemming. Then I noticed that the background fabric in the Diamond-In-A-Block border had large spaces with no quilting in it and I worried it would be a problem after laundering, so I quilted that. We got home Monday and I sat up all night, going to bed at 5:30 am.
But there it is. I like it. Odd, this quilt does not photograph well. I love it to pieces (see what I did there?? 😉) but the camera does not. I’ve tried taking pics of it in every conceivable lighting available to me, but it “dulls” out every time. The “orange” stripe border sticks out in the photos but in real life, it blends very well. That same color is in every fabric that make up the blocks. It’s clearer in this pic where I’m hand quilting, but for some reason, the other darker colors overpowers it in photos.
RD is 6’6”. I had to add some length so it would cover everything. The two wide dark cinnamon strip borders on either end top & bottom are the additions to make it longer. The backing didn’t cover both extensions, I was short about 3.5”. No matter, I said, I’ll just sew a strip of the backing on making that longer as well and no one will be the wiser.
But here is the only bit of backing fabric I had left:
One long vertical strip when what was needed was a horizontal strip. I cut them into 4” strips and then sewed them together horizontally.
The quilting has blended it all together and if you didn’t know to look for it you couldn’t see it. And it’s fine for our purposes. Not entering the county fair here, strictly utilitarian. I love beautiful things to be sure, but this quilt was made to keep RD’s behind warm when out traveling in the Airstream.
Before/After laundering to see it “quilt up” as the quilting cotton and batting shrinks together into place:
Running it thru the wash and dryer to quilt up the cotton is more apparent on the backing. Creating a quilt with quilting cotton, washing/drying after its made and then seeing it “quilt up” is a reward in and of itself. While I was hand quilting, I eagerly anticipated pulling it out of the dryer. It will quilt up even more with a few more washing and dryings.
In its place in the Airstream:
Anyhoo, that’s this quilt in the can. This week, I’m going to start on the new cushion covers with the amazing fabric I ordered. I would start the quilt for my bed but my hands and forearms need a break. Lot of strain with the hand quilting so all machine sewing this week. I’ve also developed small calluses on the pads of my thumb and middle finger of my right hand from working the needle.
Speaking of “the can”…I’ve tried to give the Airstream a dignified, respectable name, The Eleanor Creesy, after the first ever female navigator in 1851~a time when women weren’t even allowed on ships. Women on ships were considered seriously bad ju-ju. She successfully navigated the wooden clipper, The Flying Cloud from NYC to San Francisco and beat the record sailing time of the day. Since our Airstream model is a Flying Cloud, I thought it was fitting. Before I landed on that name, we were temporarily calling her The Beer Can while we considered a real name for her. Unfortunately…that has stuck. RD needs to buy himself a dictionary and look up the word “temporarily”, just sayin’. What are ya gonna do? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Drawing of Flying Cloud from a 1913 book on clipper ships
The purpose of our going out this weekend was for me to attend a Women’s Pistol Level 1 course on Saturday at a professional training range, Shaw Shooting. A lot of fun, the range is spectacular. In normal times, this range caters exclusively to LEOs and military units, internationally, but since the Wuhan Flu, all government travel has been canceled worldwide. The range opened up the courses to the public while gov units are shut down. They’re here in southern Idaho so I signed up and went. Fantastic course. I shot 400 rounds. Between that and the quilting, I have to give my hands a break. I believe if you’re going to carry and operate a firearm, get training. When these professional courses opened up, I jumped at them. I’d love to do the Level 2 course but…I’m not 20 anymore. Once the pandemic is over and business resumes, these course will close to the public.
And that’s that. Next time, seat cushions for The Eleanor Creesy.