I made this queen size quilt a few years ago from stash fabric. The technique I used was quilting them into strips and then binding them together. It was easier then trying to quilt a queen size quilt on my domestic machine. I don’t have the money to pay someone to quilt my quilts on a long arm. Besides the lovely ladies that taught me to quilt as a kid would be rolling over in their graves if I didn’t finish quilts myself.
This type of quilting technique has been around for ever. Even in the early days of hand quilting not everyone had room to stretch a bed size quilt out when quilting it. Machine quilting was started as soon as there were machines to quilt with. Singer included in the attachments to treadle machines a quilting foot. Many quilted utility quilts on the machine and did them in sections binding them together using their machines. Not many survived because they were used up. Women had large families then and needed to be able to make quilts quickly for everyday use and saving their time to show off their hand work on good quilts. Those quilts were only used for company or for show. A sewing machine was a major purchase for a family and the machine was always fully utilized.
In the first quarter of the 19th century stripes were in fashion. The well to do decorated their homes with stripes. They would paint walls with strips and cover their furniture with striped fabric. So to be fashionable women of lesser means would piece together bed quilts in stripes. Today collectors and quilters call them strippy quilts.
Front and back of a quilted strip of blocks on point. The triple strait line quilting was popular on strip quilts. The contrasting strip was a striped print of angels that was quilted on the straight instead at a diagonal. That way I did not have to line up the quilting.
This is the back of the finished quilt. The binding was done on the front and became part of the design. The middle strip is the angel strip. The backing fabric was chosen because of the print was large flowers and vines. It was also on sale with a deep discount.
Here you can see the dark binding that was used on the seams. The batting was carefully pulled out of the seams so that the seams laid flat and made no ridge in the quilt. The quilt has lots of charm and I have never used it only to display it for special occasions. It took me about 2 weeks to make it from start to finish. I learned this machine binding technique watching a neighbor make utility quilts. I remember her utility quilts were always colorful and followed no rules. She just would lay out her scraps and fabric and just pick what ever she was in the mood for. I am glad to see random color come back into quilting fashion. For the last few decades we had too many rules.