The quilted date
And if I was marking quilting in 1980, I’d have started the applique in 1978 or 79.It was 2/3 quilted when we downsized and the quilting frame had to go. I must not have known about quilting hoops. I lost all interest in all aspects of quilting for about 20 years. The 7 year old had become 27 and of course had no interest in a juvenile quilt. (For the record, she got an adult queen sized quilt.)
You may remember a previous mention of this quilt around Christmas when I made toys to go with its companion for my grandson–his mother’s quilt had long been finished and had become his. One of her friends saw and admired it and asked to have me make one. She was happy to take the unfinished one and didn’t mind if I finished quilting by machine.
The transition is apparent but not awful.
And besides, it is a playmat, not an heirloom.
Note the high contrast binding. It also contrasts on the back. In machine binding I have never been too successful at keeping the stitching either in the ditch or like top stitching on the back. I concentrated on that stitch placement more than on filling the binding and it worked pretty well.
Now we all know that a date stitched into a quilt holds a lot of weight, and this one is misleading. So just in case it ends up in a quilt historian’s hands, I updated the notation–not that they wouldn’t figure out there had been a gap, but so they would know how big the gap. Aren’t barns usually dated somewhere?
So just inside the barn door is a second date.
When marking the quilt, long ago, I thought it would be fun for the girls to draw on it and quilt the lines. I asked them to draw themselves.
And write their names and draw anything else they wanted.
Besides the sun and moon, she also drew one of our cats, but I didn’t get a photo of the cat.
So, finished after almost 40 years.
The new owner will make the toys for this one.
This isn’t a contest or anything, but inquiring minds want to know: has anyone taken longer than 38 years to pull out a UFO and finish it?
Linking with TGIFF (link in sidebar) and Finish it Up Friday (link supplied Friday evening).
ETA This quilt was backed the old way, with a sheet. I had no problems–don’t remember why it is no longer a favored option.