And I rather like it 🙂 It started out with quite a number if problems — biased edges, using the wrong measurements, stretchy fabric, just to name a few — but in the end it came together and I think it will be a great gift for my friend. I love how the black binding sets off the rest of the quilt, and the free motion on the quilt blocks worked out pretty well.
I read a wonderful quilt post by Margaret at Quilts of Love where she shows how quilting transformed one of her quilts, The Jester’s Folly, which won Best Machine Workmanship at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. In that post, she says that if you want the quilting to show on busy fabric, you need to stack at least 3 parallel lines. I could have stacked more parallel lines in the busy quilt blocks to show off the quilting and added quilting in the black sashing, and I considered it, but in the end I decided it was a quilt to cuddle up with on cold nights and while the extra quilting might satisfy me, the recipient would probably appreciate a softer quilt to cuddle under. The motifs show up well at close distance. There are lots of pictures of the quilting in my earlier post.
Some of you may notice the one half block at the bottom with fabric going in the wrong direction. That
mistake design element came about when I repeatedly cut my strip sets in the wrong direction and then ran out of light fabric to make another set. I used the horizontal areas to quilt in a label of sorts It doesn’t show up well in the photo, but it’s clear in person.
I am also pleased with the backing. It is an IKEA comforter cover that I cut up. It was big enough that I did not need to sew the backing, and I love the design. Although it is busy enough to hide mistakes, up close you can see the quilting.
Linking this up to TGIFF and Free Motion Mavericks once the linky parties are live. Finishing this quilt was also my March goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes (#19 on the goal posting) and on my 1st quarter goals for the 2015 Finish Along. It is also the only binding I did for the March binding blitz!