|Teddy Bear's Picnic|
I've been quilting for quite awhile now. My grandmother was a serious quilter but as I grew up and she grew older she made comforters. Quilt tops that were tied and not quilted. I started making comforters when my kids were small. We made a lot of comforters for them and for all of the other babies that were happening around us. I say we, because my husband was directly involved in the pattern design, cutting and hand sewing of the binding.
|Corners on the binding.|
When we started, I wasn't really aware of the world of quilting. I knew that there were the county fair quilters. The ladies who had been quilting forever, could make tiny stitches and just seemed to hatch full blown quilters, For the rest, I understood you went to the fabric store, picked out 5 fabrics that looked good together and cut it up.
|Strips all sewn in order.|
I talked my husband into doing the cutting because I kept getting smileys in the strips. He cut some strips and blocks and decided there had to be a better way. As a mathematician he figured out a plan.
|The cheerful apple backing to match the apple picking bears.|
This quilt is the very first one we made. We made it shortly after the birth of Spud 1. It was our playmat/baby blanket/picnic blanket for many years. You can see from the binding that it has been through the wringer a few times. The double blocks are there because we really didn't know what else to do with it.
|Some of the better corners!|
It is clear that the ladies in that shop were dedicated to increasing the number of quilters. They took one look at my top and saw the possibilities along with the flaws. When I asked how to match up the corners, the explained how to iron the seams in opposite directions. When I asked if I should rip it all out and make it work better they said, "finish it up and move on".
|The Teddy Bear's picnic blanket.|
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