***This was one of my Finish Along 2016 projects for Q1***
I wasn't sure what kind of a pattern I wanted to make, and if you really get into my head, you'll know that I'm not a "pattern" kind of girl - I just get an idea and go for it. I figured I would just use my rulers and easy math, but how? But when I saw this quilt by Maureen Cracknell, I knew that the answer was to turn the fabric and make diamonds...
And here is the result:
|fabrics, before cutting started...|
I trudged through snow taller than my boots, and often above my knees, to take pictures this morning. It was cold, but worth it.
On to what I learned by making this quilt:
1.) Don't stop creating. I need to keep on practicing if I'm going to improve. I felt that I did a good job on the projects I did in December, but I also did a lot of smaller projects at that time, so more frequent practice at each step of the project. By the time I got to quilting this thing, it was as if I had never done it before.
|quilt blocks, production-line style...|
the center fabric was cut 8 inches square
berry solid was 4 inches wide
the light color sashing around the squares was 2 inches wide
2.) Take your time. I really wanted to get this done in time for the 2016 Copper River EMS Auction, which starts on the 22nd. Zoinks! I spent a lot of hours recently working to get this thing done. The problem with that is that now there are flaws and I won't be donating it. I was working so fast that I forgot to really look at the thing once it was quilted (pre-binding) to trim it where necessary. That's resulted in 3 spots on the left side where there is no fabric covering the batting. If I was buying something via radio auction, and then it had those flaws, I would be very unhappy with my purchase. Plus I don't want to be associated (outside of my home) with that kind of quality. So I've decided to make something better to donate next year, and to get done in time so that I'm not rushing.
|I used pink/purple/teal variegated thread.|
3.) Know your limits. This is the largest quilt I've made. And I was so not ready for it. It's really just a large lap quilt (large describing quilt, not describing lap), but I struggled so much with it. When I started, I just made all those squares (that turned in to diamonds) and made the quilt big enough to use up the squares. I wasn't thinking of how in the world I was going to squeeze that darn thing through the super-small throat of my sewing machine... I need more practice to move up to that. And speaking of practice...
|seeing the quilt held up like this - I really like it!|
most of the binding is berry, but it is slightly scrappy, on the left...
4.) Practice a bit first. I love the look of wavy quilting in one direction. I wanted to do that on this quilt (because I knew that straight line quilting would really point out the flaws). But I didn't practice it first. And I really hope that a good quilter never takes too close of a look at this thing, because my quilting just isn't pretty. Had I not been on a time crunch, I could have practiced the technique first, and hopefully done a better job on this one.
|the back of the quilt consisted mainly of some fabric I had purchased at JoAnn's.|
I didn't have enough for the entire back, so I used up most of the fabric scraps.
5.) Follow the advice of smart people. I heard, shortly before I started piecing this quilt, that some smart quilter at some point said something like "If we worry about our points matching up, we'll never get anything done." I know that's so not the quote, but that's what I took from it. And I'm so glad that I heard that, because my seams did NOT match up on this thing. But it's okay. I'm okay with it. And if I wasn't, it would have probably just been put away never to be heard from again...
And so, while I am not happy enough with my results to donate it to the auction, I am happy with the learning process. That and Jeff had even said that he was going to buy it from the auction, so I know that this Berry Bravo Quilt with get used in our home...
|I was playing with the editing, and fell in love with the photo in black and white. |
Holy cow, I think I'm going to need to make a black and white quilt...
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