Friday, April 17, 2009
Into The Stretch On One More!
A recent, casual comment provided me with the needed inspiration to finish this wall hanging. This time it is a legitimate UFO! I was inspired by a pattern based on the blocks that would have been made by the characters in the Little house On The Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. We lived in Minnesota at the time [we moved here from there in 2001!] I had a good friend, Heide, from Germany, who wanted to learn to do patchwork. I volunteered to teach her [sort of "the blind leading the blind!"] We both learned a lot and our weekly stitching sessions cemented our friendship, and helped to make the long Minnesota winter bearable!
The top picture was my first try at Quilting With Laura. When we moved here I taught a class in it at a local quilt store. This is the version I made there:
It eventually became a gift for my sister, who is taking very good care of it!
There really isn't much left to do. It's already sandwiched and basted. All I have to do is quilt in the ditches [by machine], and maybe a few little hand quilting touches.....Then a sleeve for hanging, some binding, and Bingo! A gift ready to go...
I'm quilting some teddy bears right now, so am all warmed up for ditch quilting!