Thursday, July 31, 2014
What started as an exploration in tiny scrappy improv has finally come to fruition in a finished quilt! I'm pretty happy with how it came out, most of all with the delicious Kona Kale sashing combined with those black cornerstone blocks. I think those details set a cozy vintage mood that really makes the quilt for me. The scrappy block-work is just a cherry on top.
Progress was far slower than I would have liked, interrupted as it was by behind the scenes class quilts and a vacation and early pregnancy fatigue. But, the saving grace was that my mom claimed this quilt early on. That's the best kind of motivation.
This is one of my better backings, I think. It has a balanced composition and the big pieces allow the quilting to show off. I need to remember to use solids on my backings. So often I focus on using up big yardage pieces and forget that solids play along nicely.
I used some pretty fabrics on the back, including all the rest of my Chicopee Duet Dot (sniff) and Crescent Bloom from Anna Maria's True Colors. For quilting, straight lines along each sashing seam created a large grid. Over each cobblestones block, I free motion quilted a large floral design inspired by Erica at Kitchen Table Quilting. It's more of an elegant design than I might normally do, but I knew my mom would love it. Today I'll be bringing it home to her!
I wonder, hasn't every quilter made her mother a quilt? It seems to be one of those quintessential quilter moments. Here's to our gift of giving!