Sunday, March 16, 2008

National Quilt Day!

Happy National Quilt Day! Actually it was yesterday, and it's really only an American "holiday" although I don't know if quilters are given time off work to celebrate! You can read about the celebration on this website. Since I take any opportunity to celebrate quilting, I used this as an excuse to make sure my family knew that I needed to quilt yesterday - as if I need an excuse!!!
Because of the winter weather we have had, and the fact that Easter is early this year, we will not have any flowers at Easter - no crocuses (crocusi?), or daffodils, or tulips...only snow. I was really in the mood to work on my flower/spring quilt. I cut the border stips and sewed those on. Then I finished piecing the backing. You may remember that I switched the border strips and the backing fabric since the recommended border, which I had already sewn, was too busy for my liking (you can see the "problem" here).
So here is the scrappy backing. There are the 4 pieced borders strips that run right across the backing, and then I filled in with leftover pieces of fabric from the kit. I have only a few small scraps left and am very pleased with myself for using up everything instead of running to the store and buying a new backing. I hope it will quilt okay on my little machine having all those seams on the back...we'll see.
Then I started the pin basting process, which I enjoy now that I have big tables to lay out my quilts on...no more crawling around on hands and knees for this old girl!

8 comments:

scrappynanna said...

Love the quilt. It will be the next best thing to the real flowers that will be missing.I agree, I can't wait till I have more space in my sewing room for a table for pin basting. Now when I am pinning I am crawling around on the kitchen floor. Hard on the knees.

Sweet P said...

Happy quilting day! Your quilt turned out great. I really like the backing.

Alycia said...

I do like it! It turned out very very nice. I think spring might be on its way!

Andrea said...

this will make up some way for your lack of real spring flowers - it is really pretty. looks like NQD was a success for you...

Greenmare said...

well we aren't given time of work to quilt on nationla quilt day but I think it's a great idea!

Nathalie said...

Just wanted to say hello. I'm new to this whole blog thing. I'm also from ontario, canada and love to quilt. Like you it somehow keeps me sane.

Rhonda said...

I will definitely check out the free download......By the way.....you've been tagged by me.
Congrats!

Ginger Patches said...

Your quilt is beautiful! Thanks for the link, it's funny I was looking at a pattern today at the quilt shop that looks a lot like this one...now I can get it free, which is always good :)