Monday, 7 November 2011

A Finish!

Strawberries & Cream is about to start it's journey to the UK.


For once I don't want to see this quilt go. It's so beautiful and cuddly and I hope its new owner will love and cherish it as much as I do.

I knuckled down last week and decided that this quilt had to go to its new home. Choosing the backing fabric proved to be more of a nightmare than I thought it would be.  I couldn't find a flannel sheet anywhere. The French don't seem to sell flannel, or flannel sheets, so a trip to the fabric warehouse at Javerlhac was called for.


It took ages to find the right fabric, but find it I did. A cross between flannel and fleece in a dark cream. Very soft and cuddly.

Then a couple of days while I plucked up courage to "birth" it. Never done that before and panic set in.  Took a few deep breaths, pinned the two sides together and sewed.


Turned it inside outside - that was so easy - sewed up the top and then started tying the sides together. What a mammoth task that was!



and here she is again - all tied together and ready to go!


I'd like to thank Mary for letting me use the Heartstrings Project pattern and for giving me moral support and help throughout this project.

More soon.

10 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

Fabulous finish - I so completely understand why it was hard to let it go . . .

Alison said...

It's beautiful!

VivJM said...

Clare - it is beautiful. And you are a wonderfully talented and generous lady xx

Pattilou said...

Absolutely stunning!

Michele, a distracted quilter said...

Clare, this one is striking. I love red and white quilts and will have to put making a two colour string quilt on my to-do list. May you be thrice blessed for your generous heart.

Magpie Sue said...

I used to do all my quilts using the birthing method - until I finally figured out how to put on a binding to my satisfaction. I can imagine that this is a wonderfully cuddly quilt. Good on you!

Mary said...

It turned out lovely! I birthed and tied a couple quilts in Maine, usually I like to turn the backing but its a great option when you don't want to bring the backing around.

Sharon said...

This came out so wonderfully! Love the red and white, and the strings and the tying. I can understand why you'll be sad to see this one go. What a great job! And good on you!

It's been years and years since I birthed a quilt. I was thinking of doing that with the corduroy quilt, and was having some trepidation about it, but then I decided that it's too wonky to do that. It'll never lay flat, no matter what I do. So, I will bind it when the time comes. Visit my blog on Friday for the big reveal for Corduroy Appreciation Day!

Kathleen said...

What a lovely quilt. I know it will be cherished for years to come.

kwilta said...

So considerate of you Clare to donate this beautiful quilt

Irene V