String of Pearls Quilt Along Finished

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.

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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.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe quilt just needed to get a lovely crinkle to it. Now it feels soft and delightful.

A close up shot of the crinkled front is below.

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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.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI 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.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s the back a little more close up because I have a crush on it (except for that string that needs to be snipped).

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAnd, 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.

9 thoughts on “String of Pearls Quilt Along Finished

  1. This is so stinkin’ fantastic! I love the quilting, the backing, the geometry – everything. You are right, they are so nice and crinkly yummy when they come out of the wash πŸ™‚ Here’s a hint – I have a low volume version coming out in a modern magazine at the end of the year so that may inspire even more ideas. And I really like how you incorporated some of the grey into the binding too. That was an extra special touch. Nice job on an awesome finish!!

    • Thanks so much, Christa; I’m so grateful to you for setting up the quilt along. It was fun; I’ll have to look for your low volume project. I’m glad you think the gray looks ok;I had to do it more out of necessity since I used so much of the string of pearls on the back and didn’t want to cut into the 4 colors that I wound up not using on the quilt.

  2. I love the bright colours on the dark background. The colours really ‘pop’. Great job. I’m glad you came to love it. Maybe your awkward first date was interfering with your emotions on this one, because it looks great before and after washing.

    • Thanks! That’s so kind of you to say it looked great pre and post washing. I have to give credit for the colors to Christa since she put the quilt together, but I do love dark backgrounds in quilts. I doubt this will be my last bright on dark combo πŸ™‚

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