Well, the “Q” is finished and is in a box awaiting pick up and I have to say, I’m sad to see it go. After spending so much time with these projects I develop an attachment to them. This probably means I should be making myself a quilt soon. Of course, there are about a million projects kicking around in my head ahead of that. TIME! MONEY!
Back to the “Q”. Many, many photos to follow.
In all its glory
Another photo shoot in my friend’s backyard. See those chickens to the right of the Q?
I worked with my client on every aspect of this quilt. The collaboration was really great and I think her choice of this yellow for the Q was perfect. I also sent her a bunch of samples of different styles of Qs and I’m really pleased with the style she picked out. I hand drew it onto fabric backed with interfacing and then machine stitched it onto the quilt top.
Then I hand embroidered the entire thing. This probably took me about 10 hours. That’s a lot of old episodes of 90210 right there. But I’m glad I did. It is so personal and lovely. You won’t ever see anything like this at Target. NOT EVER.
The back has such a different feeling than the front but I really like that about this quilt. It’s interesting, I think the binding (in this case, tiny white polka dots on royal blue) is what simultaneously separates and pulls together the front and back. And I absolutely love how preppy this quilt is. It feels really classic and timeless.
This arrow print is from the VERY hot and very much swooned over (in the quilting blogosphere) line from Cotton + Steel. I love its sort of retro-Wes Anderson feeling. The botanical print is actually from Ikea. They have really interesting fabric and their lines change season to season. It’s more like canvas than quilting cotton and I think making a picnic quilt with that as the backing would be a great idea. And now I have a million and ONE projects…
Here are those polka dots. Polka dots and stripes are pretty much always my go-to binding choice.
The quilting wasn’t overly elaborate on this quilt until I got into the Q itself. I wanted to outline it while maintaing the pattern I had already established of quilting on each side of the seams for the colored sections and the white sections. Continuing that into the broken space around and inside of the Q made for a nice effect, I think.
Lastly, I love how wrinkly and yummy this got after being washed and dried. That’s the best part of a finished quilt. And this one is quite large and has some heft to it. It topped out at around 5′ x 3.5′. Quilting this on my beginner sewing machine was no easy task and probably took me three times longer than if I had this dream machine.
I’m very much considering putting my quilt earnings towards the purchase of this machine. It may even allow me to make quilts as large as a queen-sized, maybe?
I finished another project over the weekend that I will be posting photos of very soon!