Welcome to my stop on the blog hop. If you’re new here and want to see what I made last year, you can check out this page.
This is my first time participating in a blog hop, so a big thank you to the energetic Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt for keeping one hop after the other rolling and a thank you to this particular hop’s cheerleader Carol at Just Let Me Quilt who put together the schedule and kept everyone on track. And, of course, sponsors Amanda Murphy, KONA, and Aurifil get a big thank you as well. They’ve donated plenty of great giveaway prizes that you can check out at Sew We Quilt.
I needed no convincing to create a quilt exclusively out of solids. I raided my stash and then went to the fabric store to see what else I could find. Along with black for the backing, here are the colors I worked with. Grass green and buttercup are two of my personal favorites.
I had designed my own pattern for a contest last fall; even though the pattern didn’t win, I still wanted to see it come to life in fabric, and solids seemed to be the perfect choice. So, I got to work and saw this emerge.
For the back, I used black and quilted it with threads that matched the fabrics on the front. I pre-shrunk my batting, and these pictures show the quilt washed, so it got a bit crinkled but not tons, which was the goal so the colored stitching could more fully show on the back.
The quilt is roughly 50 x 60, so echoing the lines in the piecing was tough on my domestic machine. Some moments while trying to shove the quilt through the throat of the machine, I felt a slight panic rise up not unlike the kind I feel if I get a shirt with a collar that’s too tight stuck on my head momentarily.
As I got more tired, I decided to measure just how much space I had to the right of the needle because 3/4 of the way through a quilt is the time to figure that out, right?
5 1/2 inches. Yes, I was pushing this big quilt through that tiny 5 1/2 inch space. That’s when I thought to myself, “This is practically like asking the machine to give birth to this quilt!” Free motion quilting is definitely in my future.
Sometimes I hate mistakes in quilts, but sometimes I love them because they give the quilt a story. See that little zig zag stitch. While I was shoving the quilt through the machine, I accidentally hit some buttons and changed my stitch. So, a few zig zags got loose; I think they are a reminder of the birth of this quilt though, and it’s kind of convenient that they look like a W since that’s the first letter of my last name. Let’s just pretend I was signing the quilt with a flourish, shall we?
Now that the quilt is signed and has come home from the playground, this quilt is ready to find a new home and can be found in my Etsy shop.
Definitely go check out the other hop participants today. Here is the schedule:
I hope everyone has been following the entire hop; if not, you might want to go check out the hop’s Pinterest board to see at a glance the wonderful quilts that have been created and revealed so far.
And, I hope you stop back. I’m working on writing the pattern for this quilt and hope to be putting a call out for pattern testers sometimes in the next couple months. If you want a sneak peek at what I hope to quilt this year, you can check out my goals, here and here. Thanks again for stopping by!