The weather's warming up this week, and I'm in the mood for spring. So for Throwback Thursday (when I share quilts I made in my pre-blogging days), it seems like a good time to show a quilt I finished way back in June 1989. My sister-in-law asked me to make her a spring quilt to match her living room, so I made this Carolina Lilies quilt using a pastel version of her decorating color scheme.
I'm kind of amazed that I chose this pattern because it required applique for the leaves and stems, and that is not my favorite sewing technique, but I love how it turned out. The quilt is cotton, probably bleached muslin with small prints (kind of hard to see here--this is a scan of the only photo I have of the front). The batting is polyester, and the back is muslin. I used cotton hand quilting thread. The quilt is 34 inches square, so I'm guessing the blocks are 12 inches. At the time, I was hand quilting for a living (well, no, not a living, but I did earn enough to pay for piano lessons), and I charged by the yard of thread I used for the quilting, so I kept meticulous records of how much thread I used. This quilt took 118 1/4 yards. I'm glad I don't have to keep track like that anymore!
My sister-in-law still uses this quilt in rotation with two others in the fall and winter. I really need to make her a summer quilt one of these days to fill out the year.
I'm linking up today with My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday. Have a good weekend everyone!