Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Then when I was searching for just the right design for a baby quilt intended as a gift for a friend's adoption, I came across a book at the library, Joan Ford's Scrap Therapy: Cut the scraps and a project she calls "Once Upon a Scrap". As soon as I saw the picture, I knew I wanted to make that quilt and I knew exactly which piece of fabric I wanted to use for the three main sections.
DH suggested I do a simple block pattern across those areas but when I attempted that, the white quilting thread didn't look right to me. Usually I love a simple, primitive quilted design like that but it seemed to distract from the colorful quilt. The fabric I couldn't bring myself to cut was instead cut up by little white stitches. Well, not that little -- I average 6-8 stitches to the inch when quilting. My grandmother, who hand-quilted all her work, considered anything less than 10-12 stitches to the inch to be a hazard as, in her words, "you could get your toenail caught in stitches that big!"
So this quilt features hand-quilting and tying. I used embroidery floss, blue for the border and green for the design print, to tie the layers together that were deemed not suited to quilting. DH asked me why I didn't consider hand-quilting with colored thread but I couldn't bring myself to use anything except my usual white cotton quilting thread for the hand-quilting. Traditions are hard to break, you know?