aunt jeanie’s quilt: finished!
All pieced, quilted, trimmed, and bound! Decades after the original squares were cut, Aunt Jeanie’s Quilt is finally done!
After bombarding the blog with photos at each stage in the quilt-making process, I’m sure you’re very familiar with what this quilt looks like. But I made – I finished! – a quilt! That’s a first for me, and it deserves a celebratory post of its own.
The finished quilt came in almost exactly square, 43″ per side. I did not do that on purpose, and until I measured it this morning, I was certain it was not square. A pretty good accident! The size will lend itself well to small picnics, which is my intention. Many of the fabrics are pretty sturdy so it will do well with some outside time.
I’m still pleased with the quilt back… the red print is still a favorite and the white & blue was such a good find. I’m glad I kept it simple.
I made my own bias tape using my bias tape maker… my mom bought it for me a few Christmases ago and I just love how fast it is. Check out that motion blur!
I’m pretty quick now at cutting the bias strips, but I always use this tutorial on continuous bias binding to double-check all my steps.
Next time I’m going to bind my quilt in a more authentic quilt-binding way, but for this one I just treated it like normal bias tape: I hand-basted it all in place, then sewed straight through both sides and prayed I caught it all. I did catch it all, so that was great. Hand-basting is my latest concession to “sewing the right way”.
I just love bias tape!
Now I’m all ready for a little picnic. And, of course, the next quilting project!
Aunt Jeanie, I hope I did you proud!
At my cousin Tom’s beautiful wedding over the weekend, my cousin Ann asked, “is Aunt Jeanie’s Quilt done yet?” So here’s your answer, Ann!