Do you remember the "Stitched By Me" quilt that I made a few weeks ago? This has been over with Janette at J-Quilts and she has custom longarm quilted it and as usual she has made this look fabulous! Once I'd got it home, it just needed to have the binding attached, and I'd already picked out this pretty blue stripe. I used a double-fold binding method, mitring the corners, and hand stitched the folded edge over to the back of the quilt. I added a quilt sleeve to the back using some left-over backing fabric. I machined the top edge of the quilt sleeve to the top edge of the back of the quilt, at the same time as I was machining the binding into place. This saves so much time!...
...and finally added these cute wooden buttons, that came with the patterns. They really do add the finishing touch to the front of the quilt. Finally the quilt label - I played around with several of "Lynette- style" designs, and finally decided to make a quilt label with the wording and a border (I used a script from a Leanne Beasley as this style of writing is very similar to my hand writing), and then an appliqued bird that was over the edge of the label. The bird made from blue wool felt that was hand stitched in place using a gorgeous blue Valadani thread and blanket stitch (the idea for this border, and the bird with the heart were from Lynette's book "Raining Cats and Dogs)...
...and here it is finally completed - blowing gently in the breeze. This pattern is by Lynette Anderson Designs, and was made with a selection of fabrics from Lynette's "My Hearts At Home" collection. This was machine pieced with Aurifil 50wt thread, hand appliqued and hand embroidered with both DMC and Valdani threads. Kits for this gorgeous quilt are available from Lynette's shop, Little Quilt Store. If you're going to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham this year, this will be on display on Lynette's stall. I'll be at the FOQ on the Sunday, and hope to see you there!
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