The finish for Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts this week is also a finish from my 2016FAL. It was started in June as a QAL over at Modern Quilters Ireland and was the first QAL I have taken part in. The progress posts can be found here, here and here.
It was at this stage for many
weeks months because I didn't really like the grey background fabric I had used and I didn't really know what to do with it ..... is it bad to admit that?!!
I then thought that I would enter it into a Quilt Show as a cot quilt so the parameters of size were set to maximum 36" on either side, which meant the border was easy to add.
Then I got it into my head that I wanted to match the thread with the colours ...... why did I do that?! At the end I do not think it was worth all the colour changes for this quilt and wish I had just gone for the grey all over (although it is nice to have some more colours in my stash!).
Time was running out by now and I just had to come up with a plan ....... nothing came so I thought that I had better load it onto my frame and just get started!
Straight lines in the coloured sections first. I did actually try feathers aswell but I really didn't like them so I unpicked (after doing two sections just to make sure I didn't like it!)
My favourite quilting motif was used in the background, paisley AKA swirly pearls. I love this and I can now do it quite quickly which is a bonus.
I thought I may do something different in the middle of the quilt but, after the unpicking of the feathers, I decided to just stick with more straight lines. My ruler work has certainly improved and I quite enjoyed the dexterity of using the rulers and for them feeling more comfortable for me.
I love this stage when it's all trimmed and ready to bind.
I am not sure what the backing is - it was picked up at a show earlier in the year.
And the final result hanging at the West Country Quilt Show. Do I like it? No not really!! I like the pattern and really like other people's interpretation from the QAL but I have to say this isn't a favourite of mine. But it is done and it's a tick off my list. I also learnt that I do not like marbled fabric and so will never be tempted to buy any again!
Whilst I am not enamoured with this quilt I am still very much in love with Should I Stay or Should I Go? I decided, at the last minute, to enter it into the same show and was delighted when I arrived at the show on Sunday morning to see it had a rosette by it - Best Piecing.
I have enjoyed entering quilts into shows this year and have quite a few in my head for next year! x