~ The 1718 Coverlet ~ Top is Done!!

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In February of 2015 I joined my first online quilt-a-long, The 1718 Coverlet by Susan Briscoe.  I’m a history buff so when I read the history of this quilt I decided to jump in and give it a try.  And with so many talented and experienced quilters sewing along, I knew help would be available for me.

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Each month for the past year Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsinger have listed a group of blocks from the book for us to complete on FB.  There have been a mix of simple blocks, y-seamed devils,  applique and piecing. Most blocks measured 5″x5″  but there were also quite a few odd-shaped ones as well.

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I was concerned at first if I could keep up.  I had done minimal applique work before so seeing all the animals and flowers appliqued by hand was intimidating. But month by month, I kept going.  If there is an applique technique out there, I tried it.  And now that I’m done it’s evident that while some of my blocks look great some look pretty rough.  But I’m keeping everything as is, mistakes and all.

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So here we are a year later.  And I am SO excited to share my FINISHED 1718 Coverlet top!!

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My final steps are to get batting (I have) and decide what fabric to use for the backing.  Next up will be to decide how to quilt it.  I believe the original coverlet was all hand stitched and quilted.  No sashing or binding was added.  And while I do not plan to hand stitch or use sashing I would like to do a simple bound edge.

I’ll update one last time and show you the finished quilt, but for now I will mark this as my first quilt finish of 2016!

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