Saturday, July 28, 2007

The quilt that came in from the net

I cruise eBay a lot. That's not a big surprise. I'm always looking for a bargain. One evening, I happened upon some 9-patch quilt squares all done in different fabrics, sort of feedsack looking, some calico, but all retro or retro-type fabrics. I snagged them up. They got here last week and for whatever reason, I made a quilt top that very day. It happened to be my birthday. Go figure. I used leftover fabric to sash each block and made a 5 x 5 lap throw. Now what to do about the backing? Again, I looked around and found a huge piece of fleece that is done with different shades of blue and yellow in patchwork. It came that way. I'm still not sure why I have it, but it called my name and it became the backing and fluff for this lap throw. With fleece, no need for batting. Right now, right this moment, the quilt that wasn't just a week ago is almost complete. It's on my kitchen counter with three squares left to be tied. I chose tying because my hands are pooped and I didn't want to take all the time to quilt it. I must say, it's right gorgeous!
My next challenge is to choose a binding fabric out of my stash, make the binding, and put it on. That I will do by hand. I never did master doing it by machine.
Hopefully, within a few days, I'll have photos to post.
And to think, it all came from cruising the net one night. For less than $25, I have a gorgeous lap throw that I can be proud to put in my living room this winter on the back of one of my naked chairs.
Now that's frugal.
Edit - You can see front and back photos on the site, but here's the net quilt front:


  1. Google easy quilt binding and you'll fins great sites to help you with sewing binding on your quilt. Or get more specific aas to the type. eg. easy unmitered quilt binding. Hope this saves you time!
    I love being frugal and finding free patterns on the web. Your quilt turned out super! You should be proud. Have you tried a raggy edge quilt? They are fast! Debby

  2. Well, I made the binding by machine and did sew it on by hand. If I'm doing smaller projects or those with rounded corners, I'll sew one side by machine and one side by hand. I think part of me doesn't want to give up the hand sewing because it gives me a last bit of time to spend with the project up close and personal.
    I've never heard of a raggy edge quilt! I'll have to look into that. I want to make a denim quilt with raw edges (I am going to teach that to a group of folks, so want to make mine first), and I'm wondering if that's what you mean by a raggy edge quilt?