Friday, July 12, 2013
Happy, Happy, Happy Completed - Things I've Learned
The AYOS pattern for the month of June was Dulcinea, by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. I changed it just a bit by adding sashing to the pinwheel blocks, and I left off the suggested border.
I used two charm packs from Moda's Avalon by Fig Tree and bound it with Sherbet from Moda's Ruby by Bonnie and Camille. I am particularly fond of the dots of Sherbet against the dotted cream background fabric.
The colors of this quilt inspired its name of Happy, Happy, Happy - it is bright and cheerful! The quilting was primarily straight line, done with my walking foot, and free motion circles and swirls on the border.
The back looks like a window to me. I made a panel of blocks from leftover fabric and used the same sashing as the front.
Things I've Learned:
I love the look of quilting on light valued fabric. As I was hand-stitching the binding, I got to admire the back of the quilt, especially the effect of the quilting on my background fabric, P&B Textile's Apple Cider Cream Dot. I love it!
Maybe being hard on myself is a good thing. I caught myself being hard on myself today as I ripped out a couple of hand stitches that were evident on the back side of my binding. In spite of the fact that probably no one would ever notice those stitches but me, I knew there was no way I was going to leave them in, because they were so obvious to me. That is what I term being hard on myself. However, I believe in "good practices", and I decided that making the quilt as perfect as I possibly can is OK, not only because it is a good practice, but it also makes me happy!
Straight line quilting is very effective. The quilting for this quilt was influenced by straight line quilting by Townmouse. I love the clean, fresh look it imparts to the quilt.
This month's pattern is Lincoln. I downloaded the pattern, and although I may not have time to join in the quilt-along this month, I will definitely check out the parade on August 1.