I finished the quilting on the Pick Up Sticks quilt around noon on Friday. As it was sunny out when I got the trimming done I hauled the quilt outside to the backyard to take some pictures. It's been so cloudy this winter that I thought I should take the pictures while I could.
My journey with pick up sticks blocks started at the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild where we made blocks for a block lotto. Those blocks were made with Kona Snow as a background. I had so much fun making the blocks that I asked the members of my local modern group if they wanted to make blocks for a comfort quilt project. The blocks construction originally came from a book by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr but I'm not sure which one.
The group decided to make blocks with varying grey backgrounds and bright sticks. The 10 members of this group made enough blocks for two large lap quilts. The first quilt was made entirely of pick up sticks blocks. I took the leftover blocks and added the blue sashing to make this quilt.
I used the quilt to practise free motion quilting on the sashing. First I quilted in the ditch around each block. Then I practised a large wiggle in the sashing. I followed that up by quilting an echo with the walking foot around the pick up sticks.
I finished the binding around 5:00 pm and took the quilt out for a last photo before the light disappeared. This was my first time machine stitching the binding on both the front and the back of the quilt. I wanted to learn this technique as I will be binding lots of quilts for the guild's donation program over the next few years. The backing fabric which you get a peek at here is from my stash.
The pick up sticks quilt finishes at 52" by 66". It will be donated to the Interpersonal Violence unit at the local hospital and will be given to a survivor of sexual assault.
It was my One Monthly Goal for January and my first finish for quarter one of a Year of Lovely finishes. My original post can be found here. I'm linking it up for One Monthly Goal with Heidi at Red Letter Quilts, with Beth at Cooking up Quilts for Main Crush Monday and at TGIFF with Leanne at Devoted Quilter