But when we last left off... I was talking about quilting. Next up was to square off the quilt. With my batting being about 90 x 120 inches I realized my quilt was bigger than my batting. Quick fix really. I cut off three inches all the way around the quilt. Finished size is about 90 by 90 square.
I put my cutting mat on the floor and chopped the piano key border in half. And I must admit I like it much better this way!!
Then, I made up the binding. It's a mix of this turquoise fabric and scraps from the boarder I cut off. LOVE!!
The fabric is called Jewels of the Sea by Lonni Rossi for Andover Fabrics. It's a good one!!
Then, I machine stitched the binding to the front. And finished off the back with hand sewing. Love that we got a bit of chilly weather over the weekend that made it fantastic to cuddle under a quilt in progress!
And here she is!! X Marks the Spot. All finished. Fresh from the wash... and has already made her first trek out of the house to a quilt guild meeting.
I have adored these colors from the start... something fresh and renewing about them. Reminds me a bit of the changing seasons and it's funny how I could say this is really so spring with the bright yellow. Or so summer with that amazing deep turquoise... but at the same time those peaches remind me of the leaves starting to change colors. Funny how a quilt can have so much personality.
It seemed only fitting to take pictures of this quilt in the woods as I am entering it in the Celebrate Color party over at Stitched in Color.
I did minimal quilting. It's hard to see but I have loose wiggly lines through the centers of each row... creating another x marks spot through each block. It's simple and doesn't take away from the pattern or fabrics.
The back is pieced from scraps left over. A few blocks here, a few big pieces of fabric there. And I even made another X. Cool, right?
Here you can see some of the binding .... mmmm... scrappy binding!!
And yes, have no fear... this quilt was quality control tested by the girls before it went out.
Sammy, on the left, thinks it's pretty cool too!
And there you have it!! Finished and ready to be loved! This quilt was made for my sewing space... and I can see many sewing sessions with this cutie on my lap. The quilt... not the dogs.
I will also be linking up with Fabric Tuesday over at Quiltstory for a little show and tell!