Friday, October 3, 2014

Lighthouse Finish

Another project finished using just my stash. Problem is, with something this small, the decrease in the stash is not noticeable at all. Or is that a problem?

I forgot to mention in my last post that after embroidering, I added some quilting, just to hold things together (sky, rivet lines on the cladding of the lighthouse and a few lines along the water and dune pieces). 

To finish the block, I added the white border. I wanted the material to be thick enough to support the whole picture in the frame, so I doubled the width of the border strips, sewed down the center of each one when attaching it and then folded it back toward the edge. Then I attached the binding, bringing it all the way over to the back, so it doesn't show on the front. This gives a clean finish and  allows the quilt to be displayed without the frame if desired. It also makes the piece neater unlike other ones I've made that are a total mess under the frame. 

The picture is 4 by 6 inches (6 by 8 with the border). All of the fabrics are cotton, with a scrap of cotton batting. If you'd like to see how it got to this point, you can read about it here and here.

My finished lighthouse quilt picture will be a birthday present for my sister-in-law, who grew up not far from the lighthouse and still visits it each year for family pictures. (Shhh. It's a secret. She doesn't know about my blog yet.) It will join another quilt picture that I made for my brother a couple of years ago, representing the two lights by Muskegon, Michigan, where he likes to sail. 

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts today. 


  1. These lighthouse quilts are stunning pieces of work! Oh my, how beautiful. I'm glad I saw your post and link at Crazy Mom Quilts. Just beautiful...really...

  2. Love it - I grew up just 5 miles from Big Red in the Holland Harbor!

  3. Thanks for the warm welcome you left on my blog. I was looking at your blog and came across this embroidery, I love that first lighthouse!