This is the year of finishing things. According to my blog history this quilt was imagined and started in February 2014 in the form of a tutorial for both 12 and 6 inch blocks for my turn as queen bee of We Bee Learning. My cousin was graduating from High School that spring and I needed a quilt.
The blocks quickly came pouring in from across the country and, with the addition of a few more on my end, were ready to be pieced into a top by May. Since the colors were so saturated I really felt like they needed breathing room, plus my cousins on this size are very tall and I didn't want to make 1000 blocks, so I played with some alternative layouts,
Once I had decided I bought the background fabric, going with a basic extra-wide blue and started to work out the piecing. This was my first adventure into using an alternative layout so it was definitely challenging for me. I eventually ran out of background fabric, purchased some more, and then it sat. I'm not sure why. Maybe I was overwhelmed with the though of trying to piece the whole thing together? Maybe it was because it's simply larger than any of the rooms in my house so I didn't have a place to lay it out and work on? Finally when I went on retreat this fall I brought it with me, hoping that would give me the kick I needed to get it finished.
Well I was right. I found a big room, figured out how I had intended to put it together, and got to work FINALLY sewing the top together. I had some much needed help squaring it up and learned some great techniques (the trick is to make the flooring work for you!) and it was ready to ship to the longarmer.
Katie at Home Hearth Quilting did a fabulous job on it, quilting a fun bubble feather pattern on the blue background and crosses to echo the piecing through the orange and red. She even added in a special quote for my cousin, who is studying music.
|"Do not fear mistakes, there are none." - Miles Davis|
Being a teenage male he was tough to read but I think he liked it. :)
I gifted the quilt at our family Thanksgiving this year and promptly put him and his brother (both of whom are 6ft+, to work holding it for me for pictures. This quilt finished at 107" x 96" so I really needed their help to get some pictures!
Nearly two years after it had begun, I was really glad to get this one finished. Another WIP crossed off the list and happily received. Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday and Finish it up Friday.