Well, the snow stopped, eventually, but first it dumped about 12″ on us. YAY! We always need the water and it gave me a lot of extra (meaning “guilt free”) sewing time.
The Four Cents quilt is finished. It may seem that it came together quickly, but it was more than a year in the making. I started sewing four patches together, just to see what would happen. Every time I had a little piece leftover from another project, I would cut pairs of 2-1/2″ squares–two print/colored and two background. These were run through the machine as leader-enders. Before I knew it, there were about 400 four-patches in a patient pile, waiting for me to do something with them.
Cute as they were, a pile of blocks is not the same as a quilt. Daughter and I settled on a layout, and I got the top sewn together. Then it sat. For quite a while.
But, good things come to those who wait, and finally there was enough time to get serious about getting it done.
And, here it is. I call it “Four Cents” because it might be the cheapest quilt I have ever made. The top was completely free, as it was just bits and pieces of leftovers.
The back is a large piece of (probably) 80’s calico with leftover blocks to make sure it was wide enough. I don’t even know where it came from, a hand-me-down from someone. The binding is scrappy, again leftovers from other quilts. The batting and thread are the only things I bought.
It is surprisingly large finished: 72″ x 88″. A large twin or even enough for a full size bed. The quilting is v’s radiating out from the center through the background squares. I really like the effect.
So, there it is, a nice way to end 2012, or, at least, I think so. I don’t have another quilt very close to a finish. There are a few smaller projects though….