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Finished is best!

Last night I put the final stitches in the hand bound binding of my latest quilt; yay!  I don’t often hand bind a quilt any more but this one is a gift and I still think hand bound looks best.
As most of my quilting friends and family know, I am addicted to Half Square Triangles (HSTs); there are so many beautiful ways in which to arrange them for many striking effects.  And once I mastered Beth Helfter’s wonderfully easy Accordion Sewn HSTs™ method of constructing them, I was totally hooked.
And shall we talk about the dark hole that is Pinterest?  Oh my, just query ‘HST quilts’ in Pinterest and see what appears!  That’s where the inspiration came from for my latest quilt.
This beautiful ombre fabric came from Rosie’s Calico Cupboard in San Diego, purchased 6-7 years ago during one of our winter retreats to the south.  The background fabric as well as the flannel backing came from our own local quilt shop – Crazy Quilt Cottage – which sadly is closing.  When I ran short of the background fabric, one of my quilty friends happened to have just enough left in her stash and donated it to me so I could finish.  Aren’t quilty friends the best?!!  And it pays to shop local 🙂  The batting is, of course, Hobbs washable wool.  I was introduced to that when I made my first bed size quilt and loved it so much I’ve never looked back.  I purchased an entire bolt and have been slowly working my way through it.  I love the loft and the definition it gives one’s quilting.  I’ve quilted many Community Quilts for our Guild in which we use 80/20 batting and I’ve used a few other kinds but love the wool most of all.  I used Glide threads in the needle and magna-glide in the bobbin.  Glide thread is wonderful!  The quilting is all hand guided, free motion on my HQ Sweet Sixteen with rulers used in the colour fabric.  I love my Sweet Sixteen!
The quilt measures 66″ x 94.5″.  It will soon be gifted.


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