|Don't overlap at all, just press the edged close together|
|You can barely tell this is made from scraps!|
Then percolated with the decision of what kind of quilting design to use. In the end, I did some free motion quilting of (relatively) straight lines with a variety of sizes of circles coming off the line at random spacing and intervals. I used the super precise method of measuring with my four fingers to determine the spacing between the lines. I wanted something that looked organic, and I am very happy with how it turned out.
After squaring off the quilt and trimming the excess back/batting fabric, I made a double fold binding with the brown fabric I had originally bought to do the backing. The colour matches some of the leaves in the Charley Harper prints. I like to hand stitch my binding, I think it looks nicer than a machine binding, and it went very quickly now that I have the hang of it. Just two evenings instead of a week and half for the last quilt! I finished it up last night and tested it out- it is very snuggly, perfect for getting cozy in front of a good movie. This morning, I took advantage of a nice sunny day and headed into my backyard with the quilt to have a little photo shoot. Please bear with me- I just couldn't get enough pictures of this one!
And some detail shots.
And because you can't leave a quilt unattended for even a minute....
|Annyong loves quilted blankies|
And last but not least, my favourite element of the quilt: I included a piece of the selvedge in my piecing, and I absolutely adore how it looks.
This quilt has been a challenge, but reinforces for me that anything is possible if you just give it a try. I was a little intimidated by my ambitions, but I figured it doesn't hurt to make the attempt. I am so glad I aimed for the stars on this one, because I feel so fabulous that it was my hand that made this beauty. Do you ever have a moment where you look at something you have made and think "I can't believe I did that!"?