Sunday, February 26, 2012

Floral Stars and Yellow Roses

I finally feel like I am making some headway. Last week I finished piecing the throw-sized quilt..(See more about this here.) There are a few couple sashings that I wish were placed in different spots. I have not made up my mind whether to change them or just leave them alone. I do love the colors and the florals in this quilt.
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I went to Quilt Connection in Murfreesboro, TN to choose the backing and binding fabrics. Margaret Bogle is the owner. She had helped me choose some of the fabrics I needed for the piecing. When I went back, she spent loads of time assisting me. I was probably there for an hour. Luckily there were no other customers at the time. When I got the fabric home, it was perfect for the binding and backing! Thank you, Margaret. The small print will be the backing and the deep coral will be for the binding.

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My biggest accomplishment this past week was that I finished the hand-quilting on the Yellow Rose embroidered full-size bed quilt. I wrote about it in my very first blog post here. My mother had finished embroidering this quilt for me more than a dozen years ago. I worked on it a little at a time. Some years I never even touched it. But, this year I was determined to get it done. My mother was an avid quilter, needleworker, and talented crafter. Now, she has dementia and glaucoma and arthritis. I wanted to get this quilt finished so that I can have a photo of me and her with the finished product. She seems to remember doing the embroidery for me. 

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I just need to bind the quilt now. I've actually had the quilt top since the mid-1970's. I started the embroidery with pink roses. The thread was cheap and I did not care for the pink. So, many years later, mother told me to take out the embroidery I had done and buy DMC thread in the colors I wanted and she would do the embroidery work for me. I love the peacock blue with the yellow and orange. The white background has yellowed slightly. I don't know if that will whiten any when it is washed. So, I picked a tiny figured, white-on-white fabric for the binding. The background of the binding fabric is not a bright white. I think it will look very gorgeous!.

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