The little duck quilt is tied and bound and ready for my friend’s new baby. Thank you everyone for your suggestions on the floss colors. I hadn’t thought about using two different colors of floss, but (because of your comments) that’s exactly what I ended up doing — red in the sashing and yellow everywhere else. Also, I didn’t have to go to the fabric store to finish the quilt — the two red prints are fat quarters I had in my stash, the gray-green backing is a top sheet I had been using as a tablecloth, and the batting was pieced from 3 scraps. I mean it’s not like I didn’t have to pay for this stuff earlier, but it really pleases me when I don’t have to buy even more stuff to finish these little projects.
Nobody seems to make tied quilts anymore, but I think they’re cute and, of course, much faster than hand quilting. The other choice for these quick projects would be machine quilting, which I generally do on my tablecloths, but I don’t enjoy it much and I’m not very good at it.
Yellow Duck Quilt
Martha Dellasega Gray, 2009
machine pieced, hand tied
42″ x 42″