Wednesday, December 29, 2021

betsys all in a row, a liberty + chambray finish

i've had the binding started by machine sewing to the quilt for months and finally got the handbinding completed. on christmas eve, i was sick in bed (not too bad, don't worry) and decided to give myself the gift of some handstitching time, maybe even a finish before the end of the year. that end of the year holiday period always feels like a good time to do some handwork and finish some quilts, if i can.

i didn't quite finish it on christmas eve, but i got more stitching time on the 28th, which allowed me to finally complete this lovely, luxurious lap quilt. it will now join my other liberty + chambray lap quilts that we use for church on sundays.

the pattern for this quilt came about when i had several 2.5" x 11.5" chambray strips and various 2.5" wide liberty london tana lawn in betsy pieces, as well, leftover from making "betsy scrappy trip" in january 2020. i've made a diagram and some loose instructions for the pattern if you're interested.

the handquilting for this is done in white (2021) aurifil 12wt. i simply echo quilted both sides of each chambray strip. this makes for a loose, lovely drape to the quilt.

the binding is a blue herringbone flannel, which adds yet another tactile note to the quilt.

the final luxury is the liberty tana lawn backing. i used betsy in the 40th anniversary pink colorway.

 that's a wrap.

there's not much time left in the year, but i may be able to squeeze another finish or two out of the holidays since i have a few quilts in the "needs handbinding" phase.