My mother-in-law is notoriously hard to buy presents for. Her home is decorated like a builder's showpiece (in a good way!), and is very particular about her decor. She's very petite and slim, so clothes are pretty much out of the question, too. Last year, I made her one of my Antique Shadow Boxes
, which she loved and makes sure she shows to everyone who comes over.
After much deliberation, I decided to do something with some Scottie Quilt Blocks
. Having never quilted before, or pieced any type of block, I purchased a Quilting Attachment Set
and jumped in feet first. I chose to make a wall hanging, because I figured that it would look great in her office, where she has a Scottie and Westie theme going on (and yes, she has real Scotties, too).
I'm pleased with it for my first shot, and now I want to do something much bigger for one of our beds. It is machine pieced (I LOVED the 1/4" foot!) and then I stitched-in-the-ditch just around the blocks with the walking foot. It was so much easier than I thought it would be! I used the backing fabric to fold around to the front and hand stitched it as a faux-binding, but I don't think I'd do that again, because in one or two spots it looks wonky for about an inch. Hubby said he didn't even notice, even after I pointed it out, but he's nice like that, so I don't know.
Without further ado:
I also made a pillow that she put on the loveseat in the office as well. I quilted the front to a piece of batting, this time around the outside of the block and around the outside of the Scottie itself. I threw it in the wash before I sewed it to the back piece, but it didn't seem to make a difference in the fluff or quilting (I pre-washed all of the fabrics before I started sewing), but maybe it would have if I would have quilted it in a smaller area.
It is just a removable cover, so she can wash it.
I used Erin's tutorial over at House on Hill Road
for the zipper. It's a great tutorial/method, and I can't recommend it enough! I've made quite a few pillow covers this way.
I embroidered "The Terriers" on the back, in my very rough, improper embroidery. You can also see the top sleeve that I attached to the backing. I glued a ribbon to one dowel rod to slip through to hang it, and cut another to weight it down a bit.
My MIL really loved it, and called me tonight to tell me how great it looks in her office. I'm so happy that I have someone to gift my crafts to who truly appreciates them.
Also, because this is my first attempt, I would love any constructive criticism or tips you could offer to help me in my next quilt!