free motion, stitch-in-the-ditch, and outline quilting a bit easier. On a sampler, I can mix it all up.
My first quilt, started in 1974 and finished in 1985 (yes!), was red and white. Since I started before rotary cutters, I made cardboard templates, traced around them, and cut the pieces out with scissors. 42 blocks got really boring, so I set the quilt aside many times. I hand quilted the whole thing, which added another year. I used a polyester blend fabric and polyester batting. And I still have it. I sometimes put it on in summer because it's light.
This morning, I sewed the last section on and did a plain white border around two sizes (the top and bottom were already done. Phew! I don't have binding cut yet since I wasn't sure what I wanted. I have lots of red fabrics and may just do a scrappy one. I had initially thought a red with mini dots would be nice, but I haven't seen any in the stores. Probably I'll see some after I finish!
This quilt was inspired by the "Infinite Variety" quilt show in New York last year, and some of the blocks were part of the Just Takes 2 project organized in part by Brenda Papdakis, "mother" of Dear Jane. I made a few of the blocks that are posted twice a month for this quilt, but also made some out of blue and white which will be my next quilt to put together.