Tuesday, May 21

Quilt Finish!

I have a lot of unfinished projects in various piles in my studio. It's not that I can't finish things, it's just that life and shop priorities sometimes get in the way. Right now, I'm trying to actually catch up on finishing some of them, as I clean up little areas in my studio.


This weekend I finished my Strip Pieced Rainbow Quilt, which only took me about 3-1/2 years! It all started with challenge blocks made by my quilting group. Then it took me over a year to decide whether to make one larger quilt or a couple of smaller quilts. I decided to use fleece as the batting and the backing to make it a cozy quilt, and I bought the fleece just after I sewed all the blocks together. And then it sat as I made quilts for both my daughters in the meantime...


...until my quilting group met in a church basement over a month ago, with large tables available to pin quilt sandwiches together. Yay, I don't have to do this on my hardwood floors! My knees and back were happy.


I quilted it myself on my sewing machine with my walking foot, first along the grid lines of the pieced blocks, which are 6" square. I thought it still needed a little more stitching, so I stitched across each block on the diagonal seam line that was closest to the centre. I did this in diagonal rows, meandering from one block to the next. I like the asymmetry of this look.


I followed this tutorial for how to fold over the edges and mitre the corners. It was very easy to follow, and worked well!


And this one's a keeper now. It's already found a place for snuggling and cuddling in my living room.

8 comments:

  1. I love String Quilts and yours is lovely. So bright and cheerful and I can imagine how cuddly it is with its fleecy backing. Great finish!

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  2. that is a fabulously beautiful quilt! well done!

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  3. Wow, this is beautiful! Must feel great to have finally finished it :)

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    1. Thanks Heidi! It's fantastic to have it done. You'd think knowing that feeling comes with completion would help me finish more things!

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  4. It's beautiful Laura! And it looks so cozy.

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    1. Thanks Tawny! The back is a super soft fleece and very cozy indeed. Daughter #2 has hijacked it quite a bit already.

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