Whoops, life intervened and I didn’t do any sewing Friday *or* Saturday. But, wow, did I ever make up for lost time today. Thanks to Papa Bee I was able to indulge in a little quilting marathon, and took this WIP from quilt top to quilting in a single day. A few highlights below…
I pieced the back! I had planned the quilt top in advance, but I really wish I had thought about the back a little more. I had almost an entire charm pack leftover, and felt a little overwhelmed by my options (more coins? full squares? a patch work section… patchwork squares on point? Ack!). In the end though, I decided less was more and went with a single row of charm squares… which means I have a LOT of charms left. More fodder for my scrap bin?
For the background fabric, I decided to highlight a sea-green that I found in one of the prints. Bella’s “Green Tea” was almost a perfect match. It’s not the first time this color came to my rescue either, I used it in my Good Fortune quilt, too.
I basted the quilt sandwich! Ugh, a fresh reminder why basting is still my least favorite part about quilting. There’s never enough room and my back always aches, but at least it’s done! Looks like I missed a picture showing the bazillion safety pins and the cat I had to shoo away 100 times. But you can imagine them 😉
And I started quilting! I experimented with quilting gloves and sped right through a quarter of the quilting in a under an hour. Huzzah! I did sort of compromise on the quilting though, and chose a simple medium/large stipple. In my dream world this quilt would be swirls ALL day long (seriously, it’s a beachy quilt, it needed swirls!), but I haven’t even tried mastering those yet. Someday though!
10 days to go! I think (I hope!) I’m in good shape, but you never know when you have a toddler!