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Finally Finished

August 19th, 2014

This weekend I finally found the time to finish up my travel patch quilt and it’s FANTASTIC!!!!! If you were reading last year you might remember me talking about it.
travel quilt
I didn’t want the back to be boring, so I chose colors of corduroy from one of my favorite patches. The fabric was cut in 5 inch strips and sewn together to form horizontal striped across the back.
travel quilt 2
I quilted it using the string that comes off of the feed bags in big winding lines. It seemed fitting to make them look like lines on a map or lines in the road.
travel quilt 3
Two weekends ago we visited a few Maine lighthouse and purchased a new patch to add to the quilt. It’s pretty exciting to see these patches finally being displayed, we’ve been collecting them for 16 years now. Each of these patches brings back memories of long drives, camping in beautiful places and seeing amazing places around the country. We can’t wait to hitch up our tiny teardrop and hit the road to collect a few more.

Any great recommendations of place to visit in this beautiful country?

The Final Product

March 10th, 2014

People keep asking to see photos of the quilt I’ve been working on. Now that it’s finished I can finally let you see it. I wanted this quilt to have a really old feel, which it ended up having because the fabric is old. Each piece was cut out by hand with scissors, no rotary cutter involved. Precision was not in the game plan for this quilt, I wanted it to be imperfect.
Quilt 1
This quilt is made out of old pjs. Some of them are very old, old enough that I wore them in college 18 years ago, some of them are mine, some belonged to Mr Chiots. In fact he still has a pair of flannel pants that are a different color but the same pattern as one of the fabrics used in the quilt and I kept threatening to steal his pants to incorporate the fabric in the quilt. In end, I let him keep his comfy pants, they will make it into another quilt in the future. The fabric in this quilt is a mix of cotton flannel and regular cotton, which gives it a great textural quality.
Quilt 2
I used an old flannel sheet as the batting and an old duvet cover for the back. This type of quilt is my favorite, I’m not a fan of the thick cotton batting, I much prefer the weight and thinness of a flannel sheet. I have a few quilts made by my great grandmother and a few other family friends that are like this and they are always my favorites to have on the bed. The only thing I had to purchase for the quilt was thread and a half yard of blue fabric for the binding; now that’s what I call a deal!
Quilt 3
The only thing I purchased for this quilt was a lovely variegated thread for the hand quilting, I love how the colors show through on the red background but isn’t really obvious on the front. The entire quilt was quilted during the winter Olympics, which you know is a big deal for us around here.
Quilt 4
All-in-all, I’m very happy with this quilt. It’s exactly what I was hoping it would be. It will live on one of the twin beds in our guest bedroom, which Dexter found right away. We don’t let the cats in that room, so I’m not quite sure how he managed to get in there! Leave it to the cats to find the best new sleeping spot in the house.
New Quilt
Now on to the next quilt for the other bed!

Do you save old clothing for future sewing projects?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.