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Originally posted June 27, 2011
Jonathon's Quilt is FINISHED!! Woo Hoo... I love completing a project. While I had completed the top, the back, and did the quilting last weekend, I had not yet chosen a binding fabric. I was going to go to the store and find a fabric with black and colorful stripes or polka dots, but then I decided to do something I've never done before, but I have read of others doing. I decided to use the excess backing. I always make my back at least 3 inches larger than my top, so I should be able to cut 2.5" strips from the excess backing. One of the short sides didn't have quite 2.5", so I added some red fabric to get the length I needed.
Without further ado, here are some photos...
|I love using these hair clips to hold down unsewn|
bindings... If my daughter ever discovers them, I may
need to padlock my sewing box!!
|The traditional "Rolled Quilt" shot...|
|There she is in all of her colorful glory|
|A close up of some of the quilting. A simple|
meandering pattern with Rainbow Colored thread
on the top.
|The back... My first misc. pieced back. And I like it.|
More importantly though, Jonathon loves it!
|I used black thread on the back, and since most of the back is black, it|
just kind of blends in. Against the yellow however, it is very visible!
|The Red binding in the corner. This is the front of the quilt.|
|and this is back of the quilt in the same corner.|
After the photo session, it went into the washing machine for a good long cycle wash, and a long rinse cycle with Lots of Downy. And then I presented it to Jonathon. It did not take him long to snuggle up under it. He loves to snuggle under a blanket while watching TV and this is what he plans to use this quilt for, watching TV.
|First it was used as a pillow.|
|Rainbow had to give it a try...|
|Then Jonathon got a chill, and he snuggled up|
under it. I have to admit, I like seeing it being used!
When it was time to go to bed, Jonathon folded his quilt neatly and laid it on the hearth. I asked him if was going to take it to his room and he said, "No, I want to use it here watching TV, and besides, I want a label on mine too." My wife said, what do you want your label to say, "To Jonathon, Love Dad".
Jonathon immediately said, "NO, I want it to say Made by Paul Perger, June 2011 and stuff." "Why not 'Dad'?" Trish asked. "Because someday when I give it to my son, I want him to know who it was that made it. And the date is important, because after it has been passed to my Grandkids and their Grandkids, they're gonna need to know who made it and when!"
I almost fell off my chair. My 14 year old son thinking generations ahead... Sometimes (when they are not making us want to pull out every strand of hair we have) they say something that makes us believe everything is going to be alright...
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