Friday, July 27, 2012

Backing Up a Little

I mentioned Claire's quilt in a previous post and have decided that I really should share a bit of a back story here. Claire and Ann came to visit for a couple of days, one of which I had a class (All Boxed In) already scheduled. While planning the visit, Ann and I had decided to give Claire the option of taking the class and making her own quilt. She decided to do it, so in order to bring her up to speed, I cut all of the fabric for her and made a few blocks.

Claire was a natural and did a really nice job finishing up the blocks and putting the top together. She even seemed to enjoy the pressing.

We took the quilt to Kare's house in order to use the HQ16 to quilt it. The machine can be quite daunting, especially for someone who has just pieced their first top, so Claire asked me to quilt it for her. I did, but she was responsible for helping load the quilt and reposition it each time a new pass was to be made. She also unloaded it from the machine and made and attached the binding.

Do you notice in the picture above that Claire is attaching the binding to the back of the quilt? She decided that she wanted to finish this quilt sooner rather than later and that meant machine stitching the binding down and not hand stitching it. (I think that was a good choice!) She did a very nice job, even on the corners and here she is adding a decorative stitch to the front.

I think she likes her quilt! What do you think?