Postage Stamp Quilt – Redo

My regular blog followers will notice that I have not been posting many knitting projects lately.  My free time has been spent re-doing a quilt I made for my son.

Twelve years ago, I made this quilt for my son. As a postage stamp quilt each quilt block is unique, and contains a diagonal “X” in the middle. It was an extra long twin size and has survived many adventures, regular use, fort building, family road trips, a couple of summers staffing scout camp and probably a few things I don’t want to know about. But as Paul Harvey would say “Now for the rest of the Story…”

This quilt was a birthday present for my son.  But I ran out of time.  I managed to complete about 70% of the hand quilting.  However, my son loved his blanket and was not willing to give it up for me to finish it.  YEARS went by and I forgot that it was not complete.  Shortly before Gary joined the Army he brought the quilt to me.  He had managed to tear the fabric backing where there was no quilting.  So I promised I would redo his quilt for him.

Instead of attempting to patch the back, I decided to replace it.  I began by removing the edging un-quilting the blanket.  This was a painstakingly tedious process, as I also needed to remove each thread.  I was then able to remove the back and the batting that I used originally.

Thankfully the quilt top was in good shape and needed very little repair.  I am happy to say that I was able to completely finish the quilt this time. I prefer to hand quilt.  It adds a warm personal touch to the quilt even though it is a long, time consuming process

Here is a look at the back of the quilt.  I kept with a simple stitch-in-the-ditch pattern and created a series of squares. The white thread created a nice contrast and added interest to a seemingly bland back.

I wonder how many years it will last this time?

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