Red & White Quilt Top Done

I reached my weekend goal Sunday afternoon and had the little red and white quilt top finished. I sewed all the blocks by hand, using various Inklingo collections to print my HSTs and squares, and then used the sewing machine to add the sashing and border.  The little top finished at 22″ square. As of yet, it’s still unnamed but I’m leaning towards just simply naming it “Canada Day 2017”. A label needs to be done for it as well.

The picture is not as good as we had hoped, but it was very windy here yesterday and there was no chance we could take it out to the roof garden to photograph. And trying to get a picture indoors without kitty help was – well, a challenge! Once it’s quilted and bound, which is my goal for next weekend, then we will find a good day to photograph it outside.

I’m so happy about how easy it was to avoid cutting off the tips of the HSTs when adding the sashing and border.  Thanks to the stitching lines I could follow that were printed on the backs of my fabrics when I printed the various shapes, it really wasn’t difficult and I got a great result. Inklingo makes me a lot more confident when I machine piece, and after seeing just how easy this was, I think I’m going to try to use the sewing machine a bit more often!

Now that I have learned to do perfect mitred corners easily, I think all my quilts will have them.  Even this little top.

“Checkin’ Out the Red & White Top”

Jake posing on the kitty tree.

Mr. Q.O. downloaded photos from one of his cameras yesterday and found a treasure trove! This one of Baxter in a box is one of those photos. I laughed when I saw it. It looks to me as though that box may have been slightly too small for him – of course! He’s a cat and determined to stuff himself into any box, no matter what the size!

15 thoughts on “Red & White Quilt Top Done

    • I’m so happy to have a Canada 150 quilt almost ready!! I wish I had enough time to hand quilt it, but I don’t. So some machine quilting is in store for me next weekend.

      Cathi

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  1. Congrats on your FINISH! And you even used the sewing machine! What is this world coming to???? Don’t forget to label it with the 150 yrs in 2017.

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    • I know! I think that was the first time I’ve turned on my sewing machine in about eight months. I’m going to label it “Canada 150” with the date and, of course, my name and city. I just have to think of a design for the label.

      Cathi

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  2. Hi Cathi! I love the newer pics of Jake!! Baxter is soo much fun.
    that mini is adorable!! I love to do mustered corners as long as I’m not in a rush to get a quilt done.
    So much more crisp looking and professional.
    Have been swamped as of late. Saw relatives this past weekend we hadn’t seen in 30 yrs!!
    Looking forward to the next up date on your projests.

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    • I don’t know why I don’t make more mini quilts – I love making them and they can be a quick finish. It’s also a great way to play with design ideas. I’ve learned an easy way to do mitred borders that really don’t take much time at all and give such a fabulous result that I don’t think I ever want to do plain ones again!!

      Cathi

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    • It was Inklingo that made me brave enough to do it! Those stitching lines are an absolute must for me, I think, to feel confident using the machine. You have no idea how happy I was that following the stitching lines meant I got a perfect result and didn’t have to unstitch once as I didn’t cut off even one triangle point!

      We are indeed very, very lucky to be Canadian (even if we do hate the grey days of winter)!!!

      Cathi

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  3. The quilt looks great Cathi. And done on time for Canada Day. Yay! I like the blue border which shadows our origins with the Union Jack.

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    • You just gave me a great idea for the label for my Canada 150 little quilt! I’ll use some blue in it, but there won’t be a border other than the white one.

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  4. Baxter ” How did I get in here??”… and the red and white, what a wonderful finish with mitre on the corners.. And the toon, red hearts for love. “Snuggle me down, all is well with the Reds and Whites for Canada”

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    • Baxter does look rather startled in that photo – or perhaps he was thinking he could hide in there and was surprised about the photographer seeing him and taking a photo.

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