Before I get to my red and white quilt, I first want to remind you to jump down to the July 19th blog entry below and leave a comment to enter into the drawing for the book The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs. The deadline to enter is midnight C.S.T. on Saturday, July 23rd. A description of the book is also located on Tuesday’s blog entry FYI.
Now, on to the quilting on the red and white quilt. For those of you who are just visiting in on my blog for the first time, I was inspired by the red and white quilts exhibit in New York City at the American Folk Art Museum this past spring. You can watch videos of some of the 650 red and white quilts at this show on YouTube.com by clicking on the highlighted parts, Part One here, Part Two here, and Part Three here. You will be amazed at some of the close ups of these quilts featured in the videos if you haven’t seen them already. But don’t forget to come back here to finish reading this blog!!!!
Immediately following that quilt show, I designed my own red and white quilt for a wall hanging after seeing photographs of those spectacular quilts at the exhibit. In honor of the museum exhibit name, Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts, I am naming my little quilt Infinite Crossroads. I may put it in the guild quilt show this coming September. We'll see.
I quilted all over in a 1” grid with my Janome sewing machine using a walking foot and invisible thread and am very happy with the results. Now all I need to do is trim the edges, apply the binding and label, then wash and dry it before hanging it on my dining room wall.
As you can see here, some of the blue marking pen is not washed out yet. I spritzed it with water from the only squirt bottle I could find and it was small . . . VERY small (see it in right center of the first photo above). My fingers and thumbs got soooooo tired. They are kind of sore today.
I will keep spritzing, but I’m sure the rest of it will come out in the washing machine. The washing and drying give a nice crinkly soft look and feel like an older quilt that I just love. I’ll post another photo of it when finished.
Having fun in my sewing world,