|Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt|
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So much for a Summer's End Quilt! Every year I have a tendency to celebrate the end of Summer way too early. I should have known better! Summer doesn't seem to know that Autumn has officially arrived and we continue to see day after day of above average temperatures. Today is warm and windy and while I am grateful for the cooler evenings and early mornings, I am even more grateful for an air conditioned work space and iced coffee!
I am also pleased to have finished the Summer's End Quilt and have lots of photos to share. The more photos the better right? There is a lot to see. Making simple patchwork quilts continues to be a favorite way to use my fabric stash and to spend my time at the machine. It is repetitive work but I also find it relaxing and rather satisfying.
The quilt is quilted by ditch stitching all seam lines; simple and functional rather than decorative quilting, and at the same time giving the quilt a lovely texture and a very nice drape. I have created a foundation of grid lines by ditch stitching all horizontal seam lines and then ditch stitching all vertical seam lines. (Short lines before long lines is what seems to work best to keep my quilts nice and flat - no tucks or puckers - and I do not turn my quilt for every second line of quilting. I only turn the quilt when it seems easier to manage the bulk of the quilt on the outside of the machine rather than rolled under the arm of the machine).
For the back of the quilt I have used my go-to backing fabric: Newsprint from the Story collection by Carrie Bloomston and my signature binding fabric is a narrow (1/8 inch) black and white stripe by Timeless Treasures.
Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt
The quilt top measures 56 inches x 68 inches.
A selection of almost 200+ different printed fabrics make up this quilt.
I made fifty-six 16-patch blocks plus seven 8-patch blocks.
952 patchwork squares.
Each finished square measures 2" x 2".
a low loft batting perfect for use with low volume and bright white fabrics.
This quilt was sold prior to publishing this blog post.
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