Comfort quilting

Working on my Mourning Jules quilt has been such a comfort to me during the weeks around the first anniversary of his passing.  Although it is not finished, I far surpassed the goal I set for myself in early May to at least finish the top by the one year milestone.  Because I was going to do the hand quilting in my lap, I did the binding after putting a row of quilting just inside the border.  I was rushing a bit and left the binding ends loose as I was attaching it by machine–a mistake I won’t repeat 🙂  Photo on the right has the loose binding pinned out of the way–how I usually do it to begin with.

I am quilting in the ditch, surrounding every piece.  I had all the horizontal rows done the day before the anniversary so I was able to remove all the basting and slept under the quilt that night–VERY comforting indeed.  I am still working on the vertical quilting and am considering several ideas for the border.  I’m very pleased with the result so far.

About quiltfever

I retired in 2004 and have never missed the 8-5 grind even for a minute. Now I spend my time reading, traveling, quilting and trying to learn new things like Spanish and blogging.
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6 Responses to Comfort quilting

  1. Carol says:

    I love how subtle the initials and heart are. Fond memories stitched into every block. What a wonderful and comforting quilt to treasure forever. Are you entering it in Quiltfest Jax 2012?

  2. Lisa says:

    It must have been very comforting indeed! Such a lovely quilt. Ox

  3. debmoyes says:

    Huh. I’ve never seen anyone put on the binding before quilting…. I don’t think I could do that as my quilt adjusts itself as I quilt; sometimes quite a lot. So glad you’re enjoying this work.

  4. ali says:

    Ha! I’ve done that with binding myself. More than once.

    This is a lovely tribute, from your hands to comforting and wrapped around you–a hug and memories.

  5. Lani Longshore says:

    A special quilt like this deserves its’ own stories. The binding story will make the quilt all the more precious.

  6. ali says:

    I’m just stopping by to say hi and look at this loving, and lovely, quilt again.

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