Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Two Finishes

This is my final version of Cheri Payne's Every Day Patchwork, a sew-a-long from last summer.

Yep, more of the "A" word, rudimentary as it is. I think it needed it, and I didn't suffer too badly for it.

I didn't want heavy quilting on this one, so just did in-the-ditch between the blocks, then went across the blocks with the  "hand quilting" stitch on my Janome. I think it came out really nice.. more effective than my own hand quilting, way faster and easier.


I also finished my Sister's Choice, which is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter.

I'd like to have had it quilted with an all-over meander, but am not skilled enough to do that myself on my machine, and too cheap to hire it out.  I ended up quilting wavy lines on the diagonal, which gives a similar effect, and is much easier to execute.

I don't know about you but I believe the binding can make or break a quilt. I was fortunate to find just enough of this stripe in my stash, and think it frames it nicely and adds a touch of pizzazz.

Happy New Year, everyone!



  1. Two amazing quilts Mary! I started Cheri's sampler, then added a few more blocks from the Moda sampler - still want to make a few more and then decide on how to set them. SO many choices!

  2. Binding is always very important to me too. Great quilts with lovely colors! Love your machine 'hand quilting' stitch. Wonderful idea to use it on these quilts!

  3. Great job with your finishes! I love striped binding--it was meant to be. Happy New Year!

  4. Yeah! They are both great quilts! I'm mighty impressed with that pseudo hand / machine stitch. Much nicer than the Bernina version?! I'm starting to have machine envy again! lol. Happy New Year!

  5. Beautiful finishes--gotta love a striped binding!

  6. Beautiful quilts! Love the "hand quilting" look from a machine... I'll have to make sure my next machine has that feature! ;-)

  7. Wonderful quilts and wonderful machine quilting. You can't tell it was not done by hand. The striped binding does finish off the quilt extra special. Love your fabric choices.

  8. Your Cheri Payne quilt turned out great! And your "hand stitched" machine quilting is wonderful! I want that stitch! Your sister's choice is beautiful as well!

  9. Goodness - I thought that was hand quilting! A very useful stitch and gives it that truly hand made look. Lovely quilts and fabrics in them!