by Irene Meagher
(Halifax, Nova Scotia)
This was my first quilt I made, a good friend of mine was down visiting Nova Scotia from Florida this summer and took several weeks to teach me how to use the sewing machine my husband had given me as a christmas gift. My niece was expecting a baby and I wanted to give her something special from the heart and I have always wanted to learn how to make quilts but never really had the time to take classes.
This quilt was machine quilted with applique buggies in the center of each square using applique technique and satin stitching around each of the tires, hup caps, and the buggies. I used cotton eyelette lace to trim out the buggies, white satin ribbon to make the handle and pink satin ribbon to add a bow.
The mouve strips where added to pick up on the mouve in the material used for the buggies, backing, and binding.
Each white square is 10" and the mouve strips are all 2" wide, the size of the quilt is approximatly 42 x 54 and the buggie design is an original by my friend Germaine.
All of the material that was used was a cotton/polyester blend, I didn't have a lot of money to spend on this quilt so I had to make do with scrap material I had that was given to me by my sister in-law who thought that quilting would be a great way to keep my mind off of being sick and not being able to work any more. It does work, I find that it really does help releive your stress.
Germaine showed me how to finish the quilt by adding a personalized tag to the back of it, so that my great neice would always no who made it for her. I had to change the tag twice, because I had spelt her name wrong, once I got the spelling correct her mother had a change of heart when it came to the babies name and changed it, so when I am feeling up to it I need to remove the tag and add a new one. Three tags for one small quilt! well I am just a beginner.