I started this quilt about a week ago, and quilted and bound it on Friday just in time to gift it on Saturday. In my trend of naming quilts after songs, this one is Georgia On My Mind. It's for my grandmother, who has been ill, and her first name is Georgia. So I thought it was appropriate :-)
I took this quilt outside to photograph for the first time, and I really like how that came out. The grass was a little dewy, and one of the pictures is sunny and the other darker because I didn't think to wait for the cloud to pass. Live and learn!
I free motion quilted it with little sprouts that go in alternating directions, and echo quilted the gray stars for interest. I had been thinking about how to quilt this, and then saw this post on Julie's blog that SAME DAY. Perfection!
I bound it in a Denyse Schmidt print that went with it perfectly. It finished at 60x60, and I used ~30 blue prints, I think 17 pink/red prints, and about 10 gray prints. They were almost all from stash, except some of the reds, because I don't work with red very often, and don't keep it stocked.
I started this quilt late last week, and finished the top and basted it yesterday! I'm hoping to get it quilted today so it will be ready for gifting tomorrow. Wish me luck!
I actually cut the batting to size on the table, with the quilt and batting folded into quarters, instead of on the floor with them both spread out. SOOO much easier!!
I also basted on the table for the first time ever. There were a couple lumps that I had to get out, but I'll get the hand of it. So much more comfortable! I'm definitely doing this again, it's just not that often that I do quilts that are small enough!
So now this is what my design wall looks like. So much potential! I actually have something that I'd like to play with, but I'm so behind on both of my BOMs that I might try to be responsible for a hot second and catch up on those first.
I've made some progress on my newest endeavor... quite a lot actually, I only have 3 blocks left to go!
The other night I cut all my fabric and put the fabric for the blocks onto plates to keep them straight. I think it's funny - for a scrappy quilt, this seems pretty organized...
I know scrappy quilts are supposed to be really random and stuff, but I tend to pre-select the fabric for each block to make sure that the values and scales of fabrics are spread out evenly. (I did this with Long Strange Trip too) It's not rocket science, and I'm not super fastidious about it. But I did have a little bit of a time during Sunshine Daydream, when I was trying not to repeat the same prints in different colors in the same block. That didn't work out too well. I thought it would really bother me when the quilt was done, but it doesn't in the least. And I think that quilt is my favorite of all the ones I've made at this point!
SO... I sat down with some netflix on Sunday night and cranked out a few blocks.
16 to be exact.
I did six the first night I started the quilt, just to get an idea of how it would look, so that means I only have three left! I'm stoked to get this quilt finished, it's going to be for my grandmother, who has been very ill recently.
I've actually got a finish! I finished the blocks for my scrappy trip quilt before I went to the beach, and the other night I finally put the blocks together!
I'm naming this one Long Strange Trip - another reference to a Grateful Dead song. (Remember Sunshine Daydream?)
I really like this quilt, it comes together so quickly, and it can use literally ANY fabric you have on hand. I used Good Fortune by Kate Spain, and I love that the fabrics are really different from each other, but still relate really well. I wasn't ready to go full-on scrappy yet ;-)
Sorry some of those pictures are so dark. I took the last two in the middle of the night, as soon as the top was done. I haven't quite figured out the best way to take pictures of finished quilts. I think I need to get used to the idea of taking them outside and laying them on the grass in the sun. Maybe I'll experiment with the fence in my back yard...
So, I'm back. Reluctantly, of course. I AM glad to be back home to my studio, though.
Even though I left it in disarray. I gave a little sneak peek of one of the handwork projects that I took with me to the beach, and of course, I cut the fabric for it about 20 minutes before I was supposed to leave. Now I have to clean up my mess, and refold this pile of pretty...
But, I'm back, and re-acclimating to real life.
I can't lie, it is nice to be home in my own space. Here's to hopefully getting some stuff done!