I finished my String of Pearls quilt late last night (about 1 am). After a long, busy day (and a kinda awkward first date), I went upstairs to unwind with some quilting. “I’ll just work until 12:15” turned into “I’ll just get this little stretch of binding done” turned into “I’m not going to bed until this is finished.”
By the time I got out of bed, the back yard was too much a mix of sun and shade to get decent pictures, so I tried to use the front porch to get some pictures of the quilt pre-washing. That was only partially successful, but here is one pre-washed picture to give you an idea.
I have to admit that as I was quilting this quilt, I was a little sad. It never seemed to melt together. On past quilts, I’ve gotten to a certain point in the quilting where the three layers of fabric and batting seem to transform into one glorious quilt, and I wasn’t feeling that. I don’t know if that was because of the dense quilting, because I was sweating it out (literally) as I pivoted this whole quilt through the narrow throat space on my machine, or because the Legacy Solids (gray) from Joann Fabrics are a bit stiffer than Kona solids (though I did like the stability of the Legacy Solids for this project).
At any rate, all sadness was alleviated when the quilt came out of the wash this afternoon.
A close up shot of the crinkled front is below.
And, can we talk about the back of the quilt? We have to because I LOVE it. I had to design it when I didn’t have enough gray to make the back of the quilt and didn’t want to run out to buy more. I’m so glad I was forced to slow down to take that step.
I have it on the dining room table to remind me to measure the final dimensions of the pieces since I adjusted my design on the fly. I could see redesigning this as the front of the quilt. Everywhere there is colored fabric now, I’d use low volume fabric that is all in the same color family. And then to frame it out, I’d choose a light solid and dark solid of the same color family. So, it would be a monochromatic quilt with some subtle patterns to it. Yes, I want to play with this quilt a little bit more.
And, here’s a close up of the wonky quilting. The washing helped me finally like this quilt so much that I gave it a name besides the string of pearls quilt along project. It’s now known as Geometry Squared thanks to all the wonky plus signs and squares. And, it’s listed in my Etsy shop.
And, I plan to be back for Sunday Stash with my initial fabric pull for Christa’s next quilt along, which has a Christmas theme. She announced it, and I can’t resist. For now, I’m linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and with thank goodness it’s finished Friday because this finish has been some time in the making.