Friday, April 24, 2015
The Crooked Man's Christmas Quilt: A Photo
Here's the nearly-completed top draped over a lawn chair! The colors really pop in the bright sunshine. I hadn't added the border yet when I took this photo. From a distance, it's difficult to tell that this project began with strips of not-so-square squares sewn together with a disappearing quarter-inch seam. So far, I'm pleased with my effort of turning quilty lemons into lemonade.
Here's a schematic of the block design those 9-patches developed into. Perhaps 9-Patch in the Courthouse would be an appropriate name for it.
My next step is to sandwich the top with batting and backing. Since this is the type of quilt that only gets used one or two months a year, I'm not going to put a lot of expense into this part. I have a fleece throw that I purchased on sale last December that's just about perfect for the back: red with large green and white dots. And I already have a small size poly batting on hand.
Once sandwiched, I'll have to decide on how to hold the layers together. I don't like machine quilting with fleece backings, so I've already discarded that option. The two options I'm debating are 1) tie it with yarn, or 2) hand quilt it with embroidery floss using the big stitch method. Both seem appropriate for a quilt in the crooked man's crooked little house!