Finished and Mailed

Before our latest travel adventure, I finished the muslin mock-up. It was the whole cloth quilt I made to test my quilting pattern for one of the red and white quilts. All it needed was a binding, which I finished by machine.

A dear niece asked if she could buy it. While I’d be glad to sell a lot of my quilts, this wasn’t one of them. Truly, it was created as an experiment. While it turned out very pretty, I couldn’t in good conscience sell it to her. Instead, I offered it to her as a gift.

This morning I put it in the mail, along with a bobbin of the quilting thread so she can mend it when needed.

Quilt for Becca. 68″ x 68″. July 2017. Photo by Jim Ruebush.

It was darn hard to get a good picture. It was hard to light it evenly and to avoid washing out the contrast and texture provided by the quilting. Here are a couple of pix from before binding, so you can see the detail better.

Also see the prior blog post for more information on my process.

At any rate, I’m happy to have finished it and given it to someone who truly wanted it.


20 thoughts on “Finished and Mailed

  1. TextileRanger

    What a lovely quilt for hot summer nights. I feel cooler just looking at it! And in the winter it can be layered with other quilts — a Christmas quilt if she has one — so many possibilities!

  2. KerryCan

    I’ve always loved whole cloth quilts and it’s pretty cool that you got so much mileage out of this–it started out as experiment to make another quilt perfect and turned out as a gift to be treasured!

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Thanks, Kerry. I am glad I decided to actually “make a quilt” instead of just use space to try the designs. In some ways, this one is more successful than the red and white one.

  3. katechiconi

    It turned out so well! You’ve simply reinforced my desire to make a wholecloth quilt myself one day – but probably not a cream coloured one… She’s going to be one happy niece in a couple of days when that parcel arrives. And how lovely to be able to keep it in the family.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Thanks, Kate. Yes, I think she’ll enjoy having it. Seven years ago my sister and I made her a quilt for college graduation that was very pretty, but very different nature to it. And yes! Do make a wholecloth — or one-fabric — quilt. I’d love to see what you could do with the quilt-as-you-go method.

  4. Created by Bella

    Simply beautiful! I enjoyed reading that you gave it as a gift. Handmade items like this are meant to be given from the heart and you can’t put a price tag on that.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Thank you, Bella. As I said, I’d be glad to sell some of my quilts. (Others could never be sold.) But this, I really didn’t think it was something I could give as a gift because it’s “plain,” and it was a practice piece. I was so pleased she wanted it. 🙂


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