This quilt was in the works for years – about 7. True charm quilts have no duplicate fabrics in them, so I collected fabrics from friends to add to my stash. I thought the sashings added impact; the sashings also added a lot of cutting and sewing to this project! I sewed a little on this each year until finally it was nearing completion. When the top was all done, I thought it looked “dead.” I then made the two outer rows – one all white. To add these two rows, I had to unsew the ends of every row, sew the two added tumblers on and when all had been attached, resew the length of each row. This took forever, but I think it was worth it. It added life to this quilt and is definitely unique. To prolong the finishing of this quilt, I hand quilted it using embroidery cotton and the Sashiko stitch, or “long stitch.” This is my first all hand quilted quilt!
The binding: I didn’t want to lose the zig-zag on the sides, so I cut my binding on the bias and just went to each point and turned gently. It made more of a curve than a point, but I am very happy with the results. I still have a lot of tumblers left over. A baby quilt maybe? I don’t know – maybe we’ll see in about another 7 years!