When I started this quilt at the end of December, I was in it for the fun and with our Scrap Attack quilt-along in mind. As it grew and grew, I came to really love it - the colors, angles, solids... just the whole personality. The best part was when I realized it was the perfect quilt for my friend Angela, who is moving across the country this week. In fact, it totally matches her living room pillows and contains lots of purple, her favorite shade. With a vision of gifting, I was gifted the energy to go big. Because, let's face it... this is not the easiest quilt to make large scale (tutorial here).
But, large scale did not disappoint. All this scrappy investment created a quilt with such movement and color. Definitely one of my new favorite quilts! I want to thank Ungt blod for her inspiration in design and to thank you all for being my partners in craftiness. Creating events like Scrap Attack actually inspires me to do more, enjoy more, reach for more. It's a circle of happiness (bring on the cheese, but I mean it).
So, the finished throw quilt is about 55" x 70", the same size as my Colorbrick Quilt (tutorial here). Lately I've experimented with larger throws. Although they cover more of us, they tend to end up in a crumpled heap rather than folded over the side of my couch. And that's not to say that the Colorbrick Quilt doesn't get lots of use. Oh my gosh, it does! It just somehow sees lots more folding than our over-sized Christmas-y quilt.
For batting I joined together 4 pieces of leftover Warm & Natural with a zigzag stitch. I guess that's one of the benefits of always using the same batting!
I backed it with that Bermuda Zigzag by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman (available at Sew Modern, Hawthorne Threads and Fat Quarter Shop), alongside misc. fabrics that have been languishing in my stash for near on a year. Those yellow "sunglow" trees from Modern Meadow I always prefer to leave whole. Same goes for Laurie Wisbrun's Tufted Tweet chairs. There's also that orange Nap sack from Modern Meadow. Anyways the collection is very colorful.
But it's the binding that really does it for me. I finally, finally, made a scrappy binding, just pulling out leftovers from other quilts and a few strips of fabric from my string bins.
Every which way you look, there's new colors and patterns to see!
Thanks again for all your advice on the quilting. Listening to your comments stirred up my creative juices... so I opted to quilt it diagonally with a twist. You know how people sometimes quilt in on a diagonal and then turn, changing the direction of the quilt line midway? And then they will echo that first line to fill in the rest of the quilt? Well, that's what I did. Since the triangles already created a nice diagonal grid, no marking of any kind was needed. It's pretty hard to see the quilting on such a busy quilt, but it's there! Maybe in a couple of years, Angela will notice (wink). Nothing against Angela, mind you, it's just that I think we quilters are way more cognoscente of the existence of quilt lines than your average quilt-user.
So there she goes, all bound up and labeled with those nice little ribbon tags. I was a trifle sad to say goodbye, but then again this just means I get to start another. Win, win!
P.S. Before I start another, I have to finish another. But, hey, we're still getting closer....