I am so happy to write this post today, because showing you this finished quilt means that . . .
My oldest UFO is FINISHED!!!! Woohoo!!!
I started this quilt back in the late 1980s or early 90s — it’s so old I can’t remember. Can you tell by the colors and fabrics? (Which, by the way, are actually back in style these days!)
I think this is the second quilt that I actually purchased all the fabric for. Up until this quilt (and one appliqué quilt I did right before this one), I had made only scrap quilts from my stash of scraps leftover from making clothes.
The pattern is from an old, old issue of Quiltmaker magazine, and it’s called “Morning Glory”. I can’t tell you which issue, cos I don’t think I have it any more.
It laid unquilted for years . . . and years. But I’m on a serious finishing mission this year (and can you believe that this year is nearly half over already?), so this quilt, being my oldest UFO, was one I really wanted to get done.
I traced around a template for every piece of this quilt (except the borders), and hand cut every piece of this quilt with scissors; and I HAND pieced every single stitch of it, even the setting and borders. And when I went to quilt it, I had to marvel at what a good job I did — I don’t think my machine piecing is even that neat and flat most of the time! Haha! Seriously, I’m not sure what I was thinking, and with two small children at home back then, how did I think I had the time for that??? And I believe during that time, I was also finishing up my college degree. It seems I haven’t gotten any saner over the years . . .
The pattern for this quilt included the quilting designs with it. I actually had the foresight to trace all the designs onto the quilt top BEFORE I pieced it together. That way I didn’t have to manhandle the entire quilt top to get the quilting designs marked on. I was planning to hand quilt it. (You can see where I marked it in the first photo below. Yes, with a regular lead pencil, very lightly. Eek!)
As the years have ticked by, I came to realize that hand quilting it was never gonna happen. I DO still hand quilt some, but a quilt this size is probably not gonna top the list. Ever again. Time will tell.
So . . . now that I’m a professional machine quilter, I decided I would just “take the machine to it”, as a dear old friend of mine used to say. Since it was already marked, I decided I’d just quilt it by machine pretty much like I had planned to hand quilt it. There were times when it didn’t seem like it was going any faster than hand quilting!
Here’s the amazing part: I still had the fabric for the binding! Can you even believe that?
So I put the binding on with my longarm as I went, to help speed things up.
Then it laid by my chair for quite a while, waiting for me to whip down the binding. I’d work on it a little bit at a time, but I only just finished the binding the other day.
I had My Cowboy help me get some pictures, and then I washed and dried it, and it’s so soft and cuddly now. I’m amazed at how much I love this quilt. Still, after all this time!
I’m pretty sure that cream background fabric is not 100% cotton, but the rest of it is. Back in that day, broadcloth solids were a thing, and my grandmother had me trained that they were the hot item to use. She was a fan of polyester!
I think using the originally intended quilting designs turned out to be a good idea. As much work as they were, it turned out to be worth it.
I put a plain backing on it, and it shows the quilting really well.
Here’s the nitty gritty:
Hand pieced, machine quilted, 83″ x 94″ after being quilted, washed, and dried.
Pattern: Morning Glory, from QuiltMaker magazine (many years ago)
Fabrics: Prints are 100% cotton, cream background is poly/cotton broadcloth (all pre-washed)
Backing: 100% cotton, wide, unpieced, unbleached muslin (very soft)
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Poly Select
Thread: Star cotton for piecing, Superior OMNI, #3004 Cream, for quilting
I am completely beyond thrilled that it’s finished! Now, my new mission is to determine what my next oldest UFO is and get it finished (if I even want to finish it). I’ll keep you posted!