OK, my blog IS about my life and stitching, so that includes my quilting as well as cross stitching. In my excitement to be cross stitching again, I totally forgot to show you the lap quilt I finished recently. It was done for a class for the quilt guild I belong to. The technique used was from the Beth Donaldson book "Block by Block" that is now out of print. So, here it is draped over my hubby in the recliner.
The class taught you how to complete a quilt with a quilt-as-you-go technique; machine quilting (or hand quilting if you choose) one block at a time. After the blocks are quilted, you assemble the blocks into rows, joining each section and quilting the joined sashings and cornerstones. After that, borders are added and quilted if you want, with binding put on last, as you would with a traditionally assembled quilt.
The beauty of this technique is that it makes it much easier to machine quilt on your regular sewing machine because you aren't trying to maneuver a large amount of fabric at once. I'm not explaining this very well, but trust me, for quilts you plan to actually USE rather than enter in a contest, this is a wonderful technique rather than spending big bucks having your creation quilted by a longarm quilter.
I'm a 50 something wife and mom who loves cross stitching, applique (particularly with wool), and quilting. I also love to read and garden. I share my life with Sam, my best friend and DH of 39 years. We have one son, Carl, who is 30. He is engaged to the most wonderful young woman, Katherine Lynn (better known as Katie), whom I am so proud to call my daughter. They will be married June 9, 2012. We have THE world's most precious almost-4-year-old grandson, Frank.