The Rescue Quilt series is about finishing up quilt tops that were never completed.
The goal is to honor the quilt maker who made the quilt top by completing their project, to not waste good craftsmanship (usually done by hand), to ogle long ago yummy fabrics, and to breathe in a little old inspiration and make it new again.
Well, I don’t think I’ve ever been more pleased with a rescue quilt than I am with this one. There’s a few things that have really stood out on it for me.
First the top is just amazing. Kudos to the quilter who made it. I hope the maker would be pleased with how I’ve finished it up. Making a GFG quilt in just four colors is now on my bucket list to do. In fact, I’ve already chosen my colors. 🙂 Bet you can guess what colors I’d choose.
Second, the quilting pattern was a gamble since I’d never tried it before, but I love the look of it. I don’t have a tutorial for it yet. I was thinking on calling it Pothos or Poison Ivy. Not sure yet, but it’s definitely a type of vine. Let me know if you have any thoughts.
Lastly, why I’m loving this quilt so much is that backing. Oh my goodness! If you haven’t put satteen on the back of one of your quilts yet, DOOOOOO ITTTTT! The drape is amazing, the silkiness! Ah, I’m in love with it.
When I received the top in the mail a few weeks ago, I was gushing over the sheen on the cotton and wondering what the material was. I knew it was cotton, but why did it shimmer? Many of you responded telling me that in the 50’s and 60’s this was called “polished cotton” and it was very common to find in quilt shops. Thanks for letting me know!
I didn’t realize how dingy the quilt actually was before until after I washed it after I finished her up. Now it all looks so clean and refreshing.
Don’t mind me, I’ll just be snuggling under this for the next bit. 🙂
Here’s a better look at that backing. It’s this fabric, by the way. It’s as if Bonnie & Camille made it just for this top!
If you’ve never handled cotton satteen before it’s very similar to lawn. Slinky, but as easy to work with as regular quilting cotton. It feels really nice on the skin. We have several bolts of it in the shop here. All the Moda widebacks are satteen.
I took the time to chunky hand bind this quilt too. I used a silver thread so it’s a bit subtle.
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