Monday, January 25, 2010

Cheddar Cheese and Crackers

I put the final stitches in the binding Saturday night!! Woo-Hoo!


I wish I would have made the stitching a little closer on the cheddar squares. Bea did hers like the original and I like it a lot. I can still add stitches if I really feel the need. My diagonal stitches are down each row which turns out to be about 3/4" apart.
This block is really washed out from the flash, but I wanted to show you a bit of close up. My stitches are humble and so are my seams. Does it really detract from the whole quilt? I don't think so. So, don't worry if it's not perfect. I noticed how "off" it was while hand quilting. Mine are not, and will not ever be perfect. But I love the quilts just the same.
My hand quilting did improve by the end of the quilt. Give it a try you may like it!

I know you all have your own way of doing things and that is what is great about quilting. There are several ways to achieve the same end. But I wanted to throw in my 2 cents on binding doll quilts.
A lot of times I fold over the backing and hand sew it to the front. These quilts will not be tugged and pulled or fought over and the binding does not have to withstand bed use and lots of washing. So, pull the backing out of the way, trim your batting, then trim the backing to make your binding.
I didn't happen to have enough backing to pull around, so the second best is a single binding. Again, it doesn't have to withstand any abuse. I cut my strip 1 1/2" wide. I wish I would have cut it 1 1/4" because I had thin batting. (as a side note, I only had Hobbs 80/20 and was thicker then I wanted it to be so I took off a layer! I love it!) So I cut my binding the length I need, then press 1/4". If I press before sewing it on then I don't have to fold it under as I'm handsewing.


Would everyone else like to see the other Cheddar Cheese and Crackers quilts? I thought about adding a linky thing here the first week of February so you can post the link to YOUR CC&C quilt. Good idea?

35 comments:

  1. I'm still hand quilting my CC&C and have no idea when it will get done! BUT, yes I'd love to see pictures of everyone's quilt.

    Mayleen

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  2. Your quilting is wonderful! The quilt is adorable!

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  3. a hand quilted doll quilt is such a delight! it looks great, Lori
    I'd love to see all the versions of this little quilt - so yes, yes, yes

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  4. Oh gosh, I just love it. I didn't join in the fun . . . . but I my just have to return to the tutorial one day and make one for myself *s*

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  5. I used your size changes and made a lap quilt. It is at the quilters right now.

    I can't believe how much I love this quilt. Thanks for the tutorials. Great pictures and explanations.

    I would love to show the quilt.

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  6. Boy am I pleased to see your stitching. Personally. I understand the feeling you have but I'm enjoying it. Surely, I'd love a link to see them all.

    Me? I enjoyed my time working on CC & C last night. It's really quite fun! Not finished yet but we're getting there.

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  7. Very cute! I'd love seeing photo's of everyone's too.

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  8. I can't believe that you have that quilt done already...it seems like you just started it!

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  9. I really enjoyed making this tiny quilt and thank you for teaching us how. I'd love to see all the little quilts.

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  10. Very beautiful quilt & quilting...mine are not perfect at all but I love it ! I quilted only the shirting diagonale and 1/2 " apart in the cheddar, less than you ...!Thanks again for the inspiration.

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  11. This is so cute! Your hand quilting looks wonderful to me!

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  12. I love your little quilt! It turned out so cute. I was going to make one, but haven't gotten to it yet because I have too many other projects going. :-) I love your stitches and don't worry about mine either when I handquilt. I don't really care about getting mine really tiny. I like a more primitive look anyway (althought I have to admit I do feel a little bad when I bring something for "show and tell" and my lqs). I like your idea of using the backing for the binding on a little quilt. I usually cut my binding 1-1/8" for a little quilt. I can't remember which designer said to do that, but I tried it and liked it.

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  13. Congratulations and thanks for the inspriration. I was doing a little dance last night because I just finished my top! I was mulling over whether to hand quilt it myself you have have convinced me to do it. Thanks for the close up picture. I would love to see everyone else's quilts.

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  14. I would love to see everyone elses CC&C quilts. I'm in complete agreement with you regarding the binding on small quilts. For doll through crib sized quilts I cut the binding 1-1/8. I'm not really sure that large quilts even need the double binding. As Gwen Marston says, "If it wears through even the first layer of a double fold binding, you would replace the entire binding".

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  15. that is one awesomely cute doll quilt~!!~ and i think it's perfect in every way~!!~
    thank you for your visit to and comment on my blog~!~

    :)
    libbyQ

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  16. Your stitches look beautiful to me. What a lovely doll quilt. I would love to see all the other quilts!

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  17. Love the way it looks. Handquilting has always intimidated me. Maybe I need to revisit it.

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  18. Thank you for sharing this pattern. I finished my quilting last night - by machine - I just didn't want to deal with all those seams by hand! This was really a fun quilt to make. I'd love to see everyone else's.

    Kathy

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  19. Your cheddar quilt turned out very good. The hand quilting adds to its charm. I like the way some of the blocks seem to fade out a bit. Makes it look like a real antique.

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  20. I loved that quilt from the first time i saw it on your blog header. I finally jumped into making mine over the weekend. Hopefully it will be finished tomorrow. I LOVE it! I can't thank you enough for your work in creating a pattern for it. It is really fun to make and to watch as all the little sections come together!
    Thanks Lori!

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  21. Lori the CC&C quilt is lovely. I like it MORE because it looks handmade than something that looks store-bought because it is so 'perfect'. :-)

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  22. I would love to see how everyone's quilt turned out. Thanks for the tips - I didn't know you could pull a layer of batting off, will have to remember that one. I agree with what you say about not being perfect, mine are far from it but I love them, just as they are, and your handquilting finishes it off beautifully.

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  23. I would love to see everyone's quilts! I just returned from vacation today, and will try to get going on mine soon. I think I better shop for food first, though! Hee Hee!!

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  24. I can't see any faults in your sewing or your handwork--it's a charming doll quilt! I have done the pull the backing over and also the single fold binding, both of which were primitive tries, to say the least! My problem with the single fold binding was that it started to fray because I messed with the corners too much and I think I stretched it out. But I will copy you by saying nothing of mine will ever be perfect either!

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  25. Great quilt and your stitches are wonderful. Have you quilted that in just a week or so? Amazing!
    Kathryn

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  26. Lori I love your little quilt. I have all the instructions printed out and hope to start next weekend.

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  27. This sure is a cute quilt! Well done! Happy sewing!

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  28. I would love to see pictures of everyone's CC&C! My top is done and I, too, am hand-quilting it. It always goes faster than you think it will.

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  29. Love the little quilt and your hand quilting is lovely!

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  30. Your little quilt is absolutely darling! I love the hand quilting you've done on it.
    I machine quilted my first one but will hand quilt the second. :)

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  31. Beautiful!! It looks like an old loved quilt-not one that was just completed. Your hand quilting looks great! Remember that even stitches are the goal and stitch size comes with time. I thought I'd hate hand quilting when I started and I only did it by hand because machine quilting was a whole other animal I wasn't ready for and I ended up loving it. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful quilt :) Christine

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  32. Yes, I'd like to see everybody's little quilts. Your stitching looks great. I have to work on mine. I'm not comfortable with hand quilting at all. Maybe on my next little one.

    To be honest, I need some lessons. I really don't know what I'm doing re: hand quilting. Any suggestion for where I can get some good instructions? You-tube maybe?

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  33. This wonderful quilt has been on my wish list for a couple of years. Finally, I've begun. So excited.

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    1. I'm happy too! I'd love to see it when you've got the top complete!

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