What an experience it has been. It feels like I have been making it for a long time and there were several occasions where I would have folded it all up and put it on the shelf if I hadn't been making it to a deadline. When I actually looked back I started cutting it on 08 August and put the last stitch in the binding on 27 August. So that's under 3 weeks with some days when family life took precedence and I didn't even enter my studio!
It developed as I stitched and was my own design, although design makes it sound like I had it all mapped out before I started - I didn't! I knew I wanted to make a quilt containing all the colours of the rainbow but had never been sure whether to have white or grey as the background. The choice was taken out of my hands when my LQS only had white! And what a story that turned to be .... but one for another post. This post I am concentrating on enjoying my finish!
It was a bit nerve wracking cutting the pieced top in two along a random angle ...
but I liked the result.
I then did it again to incorporate the flying geese ...
and liked the result even more.
I added plain white borders and then it was ready to be quilted. In July I bought a Handi Quilter Avante longarm quilting machine and this was my first attempt at custom quilting a top I had pieced. I have been
playing practising on some Project Linus tops but the majority have been an edge to edge all over design.
So there were straight lines, which are more difficult than I thought and took far longer to do ...
and some simple stippling ...
It is now up in Harrogate waiting to be hung at The Great Northern Quilt Show. It's the first time I have ever entered a quilt show so I am very excited but also nervous. My husband took it up there yesterday and I have the official receipt - so it is really happening! It will be interesting to see how I feel when I see it up there at the weekend .........
Size: 48 1/2" by 79 3/8" - random size but perfect for a single bed
Design: Abigail Sheridan de Graaff
Top: machine pieced from various fabric both from stash and bought as fat 1/4s from the Festival of Quilts
Wadding: 100% cotton white
Backing: white on white extra wide backing from my LQS
Thread: white was Fantastico by Superior
coloured thread were Glide both top and bottom
Start: 08 August 2015
Finish: 27 August 2015
Issues: for another blog post methinks!
I am linking up to Let's Bee Social over at Sew Fresh Quilts today. It's been wonderful linking up there these last few weeks and receiving such encouragement as this quilt has progressed. Go check some of the other blogger out - you will see amazing work!