When someone asks you to make a quilt because the last quilt you made for her is completely worn out, it is easy to say, "Yes!" I love it when people actually use the quilts I make for them. I had made a Double Pinwheel quilt for my sister, Dee Dee, back in 2000. It was one of the first quilts I made once I got back into quilting after putting it on old to home-school my sons for over 20 years.
It may look pretty, but it wasn't well made. I learned from my mother and grandmother back in the 60's so I used inexpensive fabrics leftover from garment sewing to piece the top, a bed sheet for the backing, and store bought bias tape for binding. It's no wonder it started falling apart after only 11 years! Not to mention I never told Dee Dee to wash in cold water with a small amount of mild soap and not to wash it too often. I've learned a lot since I made this one!
I had some Pineapple Blossom blocks from a group block swap I was involved in last year. I only had 24 blocks from the swap and I needed 121 to make a king size quilt. (I know. I should have made a baby quilt with these!)
This is another one of those quilts made from stash and scraps that "didn't cost anything" to make. (I still haven't convinced Sweet Adorable Hubby of this logic.)
The money I saved on fabric (ahem...) I spent on having my friend Angela from Quilted Joy do the quilting for me. She always does a gorgeous job.
400 inches of binding takes awhile to sew on.
But, it looks pretty all stitched down.
I don't have a design wall (or design floor either!) large enough to get a good photo of a king size quilt, so I threw it on my guest room bed to take a picture.
It turned out well and I hope it lasts Dee Dee a long time. Really! I hope you are listening, Dee Dee!!
Blue Bird of Happiness
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