I know the Grandmas (and perhaps others) are none too pleased at the shift in the content of this blog. Maybe you miss all the talk about my boobs or all the alcohol-related activities I did with the kids, or what about when Lila was waking up at 4 a.m. each morning? That was fun, wasn't it?Oh I kid.
Truth be told, I
In the meantime, indulge me as I share another quilt finish.
Remember this stack of fabric? It's been through a lot.
It was the beginning of a quilt I started in February that I wanted to hang in my office at work. I cut out 304 pieces of fabric for a pattern before realizing a math error. I bemoaned about that here if you care to relive the pain with me.
I then experimented with my miscut fabric scraps and ended up with this wall hanging before finally committing to making a quilt 100% inspired bythis one. I mean, let's face it, it's basically a duplicate. Sorry, Susan. I guess I just loved yours too much.
So now six months later -- yes, six months back to work, can you believe it? -- I can finally say that I have this quilt finished and hanging in my office.
It's on the wall directly across from my desk. At the risk of sounding completely narcissistic, I love looking at it.
I originally started to stipple it. I got about a third of the way done before I realized I wanted a more modern quilting effect. So I unpicked all the quilting and started over. It was worth it. I am really pleased with the random straight (and not so straight) quilting lines.
And keeping with the trend of doing everything more than once, I decided to take out all the basting pins and used 505 basting spray instead. Can I just say that I'm completely hooked on this stuff? It's not smelly, it's easy to use, and it works so much better than safety pins (for me at least).
Would I ever do this wonky strip patter again? No. Never. It was a pain in the butt to keep wonky yet controllable enough to stay somewhat square (know what I mean?). But I sure am glad I stuck with it.