Thursday, 7 July 2011
my first quilt, finished at last!
It's been a long time coming but my first quilt is finally finished. It's been pretty much done for a while now but there were still threads to be tidied up and stuff so I didn't tick it off as complete until now.
I started this as part of a quilt-a-long on Ravelry ages and ages ago. I thought it may never be done as I was avoiding having to quilt it but that didn't turn out to be so bad after all. I thought straight line quilting would be a nightmare but since free-motion quilting seems beyond me straight lines were actually easier than I thought.
The coins started out much wider than the are now however I decided I didn't like that so it was dismantled and I cut them much narrower. Also when it came the quilting part I started out by quilting to the end of the coin columns then thought that looked weird so went back and stitched the last few inches at each end of the columns so it went right to the edge of the quilt.
I was trying to save cash when I pieced the back so the grey band maybe isn't exactly as I might have wanted but by that point I just wanted to get the quilt finished. I used Klona cotton in Ash for the sashing and Kona cotton in Stone for the back. The binding is made up of all the left overs (well not all of them as there's still some left) of the coins.
I used Quilter's Dream wadding which is gorgeously soft and quilting thread from Empress Mills which seems pretty good. All in all I do actually like this, I wasn't sure for a while as it felt like it would remain a WIP for ever.
Here it is next to my Echino cushions I think they look pretty good together, don't you?
Ah the wonderful feeling when you complete project, great!
Bye for now