aunt jeanie’s quilt: finished!

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!

aunt jeanie's quilt: finished

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.

aunt jeanie's quilt - back

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.

aunt jeanie's quilt - back

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.

red polka dot bias tape in the bias tape maker

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”.

red polka dot bias tape

I just love bias tape!

aunt jeanie's quilt: finished

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!

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9 Responses

  1. Lenore Levine says:

    Sam . . . . Now, all you need is a wicker picnic basket! I have several to sell, but you live far away and shipping would be expensive I am sure! You did a beautiful job on the quilt!

  2. Annie says:

    Gorgeous!

  3. Marie says:

    YAY, you finished it! It’s gorgeous – so colorful and unique! I’m really impressed by your bias tape maker; I need something like that!!! I’m sure it saves tons of time :) Do you have plans for your next quilting project?

  4. Aunt Jeanie says:

    It is fantastic – still brings back memories, and some of my grade school friends would remember some of those fabrics. Thanks for finishing it!!!!

  5. Caitlin says:

    Beautiful job, Sam!

  6. Catherine says:

    Very Sweet quilt! I love the idea of the bias tape maker.

  7. mary says:

    Wonderful! I might try this with some great fabric I got at http://www.organiccottonplus.com

  8. Louise Fredieu says:

    You did a great job! Your quilting, your photography, and your blogging are all perfect! Aunt Jeanie would be so proud!

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