Thursday, June 19, 2014

I'm ruined.......

Normally, if I wanted to do a quilt quickly, I would do a meander or a panto and then be done with it; but, I know better. 
Pre-Karen McTavish classes, I had decided on just doing a quick loopy type meander on this quilt....just to get it done and off the UFO list.  I had done this loop on one of my grandson's baby quilts and loved it and I wanted a quilt with it, too. 
But.....POST - Karen McTavish classes, all I could hear her saying was "if you say should I be doing this or that on a quilt?, the answer is Yes". 
Well, this quilt has been loaded on the Millie for over a week and it kept telling me that the meander was just a quick get it done and there was more I could do for it.
So...... I did piano keys in the border.
Geesh....I even went so far as to "turn" the quilt so that when I did the outlining on the little black border, I didn't have a bunch of starts and stops.  This was a first for me, too. 
The binding is made. I will be getting to this right away.  I for one do not mind doing bindings. 
The one nice thing is that once this binding is on, the quilt will be 100% done since I had already added the label to the backing.  It was the one final block that was from the panel of numbers and letters, but since it didn't work out in the layout, I used it for the label.
I am naming this quilt ABCs, 1,2,3's, but I thought if  this could stand the test of time, I would name it Runkeeper in the Playground.  What with all the loops in the center of the quilt and the kids playing on the fabric, it looks like you are keeping track of their steps. LOL.  
 Anyways, I am amazed at the number of things that I learned in Karen's classes.  I thought I was going  for McTavishing and Feathers ( I have yet to try out McTavishing), but it is the little things that are really sticking in my head and  giving me those ah-ha moments. 
I am so much more pleased with this quilt than if I had just done a meander.  It looks more ......complete? professional? like I know what I am doing? 
Whatever..... I like  it.
Thanks for popping in to look. 
Now...hmmm...what to work on next?  There are plenty of tops I could put on for more practice.  I just need to decide. 
Happy quilting!


  1. It is wonderful to see and hear the enthusiasm in how you feel about this quilt!! It looks great! And what a sense of accomplishment you must have. Congratulations!
    Like you, bindings are often an enjoyable task - I find it is an opportunity to inspect close up as you go along - checking for little details - stray threads, an applique that needs a touch more tweaking. Or just admiring a job well done!

    Happy stitching.

  2. That is really darling! If you really don't know what to work on next, you can start on my stack of TBQ's!



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