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Quilt Clipping ~

Next weekend is our Quilt Guild’s bi-annual quilt show in Syracuse, NY.  I’d never even been to a quilt show, let alone show my own quilt, until a couple of weeks ago.  I never made my pink quilt with showing in mind, but here I am… putting on finishing touches to get it ready to be shown publicly.

I pretty much have no clue on how to prep a quilt for a show, so I’m just using what common sense I have left to clip all loose threads, I made sure to put on the label this morning, and I need to put on a 4″ wide sleeve from which the quilt will be hung.  By the way, I’ve always called it “my pink quilt”, but for show purposes, the new name is “Caroline’s Chain”, named for the pattern that I used when making it.

Finishing touches, my quilt label.

Finishing touches, my quilt label.


Is there a “right way” or “wrong way” to put on a quilt label?  I think I might have put mine on sideways.  But it still looks pretty.  Time to clip any loose threads, and there are a lot, because I didn’t bother with such details when it was just “my pink quilt” to cuddle up on the loveseat and watch t.v. with.

Finishing touches, clipping all loose threads

Finishing touches, clipping all loose threads

Clipping threads turned out to be quite the chore for this supposed “lap quilt”, which turned out to be   76 1/2″ x 92″ in size.  I just wanted something to cover my feet and keep me warm.  None of those store-bought “throws” are large enough.  Well, I got my wish!  Al and I BOTH can cuddle up in it on cold evenings in front of the fireplace and watch t.v.

I admit that I’m a little nervous.  I have absolutely no anticipation that I will win anything, as my competition is vastly more experienced than I, but for the first time something I’ve quilted will be viewed and judged by my quilting peers.  I will receive feedback from a real quilt judge.  I will embrace whatever she critiques as inspiration to do better and gain knowledge of where I’m lacking in skill for self improvement. 

My Pink Quilt Summer 2012

My Pink Quilt Summer 2012

I hope my friends and family will come out to our Candlelight Quilt Guild show, September 21-22, 2013, at the Clarion Inn, Farrell Road, Syracuse.  Saturday from 9:00-5:00 and Sunday from 11:00-4:00.  Check out our website at www.candlelightquiltguild.org.  There will be raffles, food, theme baskets, gifts at the door and all kinds of neat stuff that you will enjoy!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed my pics.  TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt 

My Pink Quilt ~

 This is my pink quilt. 

My Pink Quilt Summer 2012

I’ve been quilting for about 11 years, having been an avid learner and coached by my mother-in-law, Ethel Whalen, who is a professional quilter and has shown her prize-winning work in Pennsylvania.  I never expect to be as good or as prolific as her, but I do enjoy the craft immensely.

 I’ve made a “few”, I guess.  I will post them randomly as I go along and get good photos of them ~ at least the ones I still have on hand.  Mostly I enjoy making quilts specifically for other people.  And I usually try to present it as a “themed” quilt, with the receiver’s likes in mind.  I’ve made an Oriental quilt for a good friend, a “Goth” quilt for my son, several baby quilts, quilts for fundraisers.  You’ll see.

 But this quilt, this pink quilt is mine.  My goal was to make something unique for myself, just something laptop size, to snuggle with in these cold Upstate New York winters when I like to watch t.v. in the familyroom.  Well, this pink quilt ended up being queen size, but snuggle-worthy just the same!  See, I wanted something that would cover all of me ~ unless those commercial “throws” you buy in the stores that are only 60″ or 72″ long.  Not good enough!

 I found a pattern in one of my quilting magazines called “Caroline’s Chain”, and I fell in love with it.  It’s warm, it’s Victorian and romantic.  I wasn’t sure, when I looked at it, that it would be to my level of quilting, but I was pleasantly surprised.  The pattern says it’s for “intermediate” quilters, but I only considered myself with “beginner” skills.  My typical pattern of choice is a simple 9-patch or something easy with squares.  Keep triangles and ellipticals away from me, please.

 I started by researching online “Caroline’s Chain” to see what fabrics were involved, and I found most of them available right on eBay.  The others were purchased from online quilt shops.  Unfortunately, I’m not one to really measure and do the mathematics involved with my creative quilt-making.  I like to just buy “a yard of this, two yards of that” and figure that ought to be enough ~ and usually it is.  That’s why I’m always surprised at what size my quilt will be when I’m done… they’re always bigger than planned.  But, I gathered all the appropriate fabrics and began my project.  I was very proud at how the quilt top turned out after diligently working on it evenings after work for about 2 months.  Next would be the backing, and I decided to use the numerous leftovers from the top in some creative way.  Granted, the back seems haphazardly put together to me, but I used up most of my Caroline’s Chain fabric.  I still had some leftovers for my quilt journal.

This is my pieced pink quilt back.

 So that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  I hope you enjoy checking out my quilts as much as I’ve enjoyed making them.