This finish is very exciting to me, mostly because it's been a long time coming (I started this baby in 2011!), but also because I had to dig deep to find the perseverance to get it done! As much as I wanted to quit some days, I stayed the course and finished it. Hurray! Finishing feels GOOD!!!
This is a machine quilting sampler, so each block is quilted in a different pattern. Some blocks are free motion quilted and some are quilted with a walking foot. Between this sampler and my first one, I only repeated one pattern (by accident). Combined, that is 43 unique quilting designs, which was quite a challenge in and of itself!
I love the big blocks of solid fabrics because they allow the texture of the quilting to shine. Since this was in progress for nearly 3 years, I noticed QUITE an improvement in my machine quilting skills. That was encouraging!
The blocks are joined with a quilt as you go method. It takes some time, because all the seams on the back are finished with hand stitching (!!!), but it was worth it. I also figured out a way to make the binding wider, so it finishes at 1/2". Matching the width of the binding to the width of the joining strips is a little detail that makes a big difference. Imagine a skinny binding around the outside edge...it just wouldn't be the same.
Because I know someone will ask (and many have already asked about this in the past), there is not a pattern or tutorial available for this quilt at this time, because I teach classes based on this quilt. I have thought about turning it into a class or pattern so it would be available on line, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Maybe someday? I hope so! There JUST aren't enough hours in the day!
One more finish to celebrate this week...I updated my bright birch trees pattern and it is now in print! (Available for wholesale orders only at this time. Contact me if you are interested in carrying them in your shop.) I don't know how many hours it takes to get even the most straight forward pattern to this point...but it's a LOT! (Sometimes it's better not to know, or even think about!) But I'm pleased to have it DONE. Also, that herringbone quilting is one of my favorites of all time, inspired by this genius quilt by Latifah Saafir. I love it so!
Alright, that's all I have for today! Please link up your finishes for the week. Thanks for joining me for finish it up Friday! Have a great weekend!