Friday Cat Blogging 11 October 2013

| Fri Oct. 11, 2013 2:50 PM EDT

This is one of the first quilts Marian ever made. The pattern is called Nine-Patch, and it's machine pieced and hand quilted.

It occurs to me that all the non-quilters out there, which is most of you, might appreciate a terminology primer. There are three basic steps to making a quilt. First you cut out the pieces as specified by the design you're making. This step, oddly enough, doesn't really have a name. Second, you sew the pieces together, either by hand or machine. This is called piecing. Third, once you have the quilt top sewn together, you place it against the backing with batting in between. Then you sew the top and the backing to each other using fancy stitching patterns. This can be done either by hand or machine, and it's called quilting. So there you have it.

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