In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Three Perfect Shots. Take a subject you’re familiar with and imagine it as three photos in a sequence. Tackle the subject by describing those three shots.
How to make a quilt in three perfect shots … well, not exactly perfect shots. I used photos of three different quilts because each is in a different stage of development, but you’ll get the idea.
First you take several beautiful, very expensive, perfectly good, 100% cotton quilting fabrics and cut them into little pieces. Then you sew the pieces back together to form a pattern. This is your quilt top.
Take a large piece of fabric for the back of your quilt, place batting on top of the backing fabric and place your quilt top on the batting. This is your quilt “sandwich” that is now ready to quilt. Quilting can be done by hand (think quilting bees), by a regular domestic sewing machine or by a long-arm machine. I am fortunate to have a Gammill longarm machine. My Gammill is not electronic so, yes folks, I hand guide that large machine back and forth sewing a thread pattern into the quilt sandwich. This is what holds the three pieces of fabric together to form a quilt.
After quilting, sew on the binding around the edges to finish the quilt. There’s nothing like sleeping with a hand-made quilt … sweet dreams guaranteed.
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I got to doggy sit my grand-puppy this weekend. Oliver is a 9-year old chocolate Lab who thinks & acts like a puppy. He may be the only dog I’ve ever met with a sense of humor. When Matt goofs with the dog, Ollie gets it and goofs back. He’s very well trained. You know how dogs take forever to sniff out the perfect spot to do their business? Matt’s command is, “This is the place, now POOP!” When I took Ollie outside I tried the command and it worked! Now if I could just figure out how to market that command for potty training parents I’d be a millionaire.
Ollie is also the only non-human allowed to use my hand-made quilts. Quilts are made with hours of loving stitches and should be well used but treated respectfully. I want my children and grandchildren to use the quilts I make for warmth, for crawling & changing diapers, for picnics & beach trips, for wetting & spitting up and sleeping. I’ve never allowed an animal on my quilts. But, I was cleaning out the Casita from my trip to the Keys and threw the used bedding on the floor and just didn’t have the heart to kick Oliver out of the bed he made from my quilt. He’s just so damn cute, and, since I was going to wash it anyway ….