Welcome all from the BQF! If you're a follower of my blog, then you've been seeing this quilt a lot recently, as I just finished it in the past few days. Here are a few fun facts:
Finished dimensions: 66" x 78" (a smaller twin size)
Quilted on my charming old Bernina (my grandmother's from the 1970s!)
Possible categories: favorite bed quilt, favorite home machine quilted quilt
I decided to sew this quilt once I saw its ridiculous amount of curves - I had a bad experience in the past with curves, so I avoided all patterns with them - but I was starting to find this limiting! I thought I should learn so I would stop shying away from curvy patterns. It was really great practice!
I now feel confident in sewing curves (yay for learning new things!) and I'm worried I may have gotten myself addicted to this fun trick.
I also had a great time quilting this guy. It's the largest quilt I've ever machine quilted, and so also the largest work of free motion quilting I've ever done. I estimate that the quilting took me around 20 hours.
It wasn't the easiest to quilt on that small harp space, but I got used to it! Plus, it was kind of cool to sew a 70s style quilt on my 70s machine :). This is actually the king sized version, but scaled down - I preferred the composition of the king sized pattern, but don't have a bed that big and didn't feel like tackling that large of a quilt right now (trying to finish up a bunch of projects before baby #2 is due!).
To get a great all over design with a high degree of complexity, I actually followed elements of the backing fabric. I looked for paths of connecting elements and quilted around those, which meant I also got to practice my backtracking skills. The backing fabric is this crazy floral with spirographs and fun patterns that looked very 70s to me; perfect for a "groovy" quilt! I used gray sulky thread for the quilt top and black for the backing, to match the black lines I was following.
I used fabrics from the "Sketch" line by Timeless Treasures in aqua, pool, denim, and charcoal
. The white solid is Kona Snow, and the binding is one of the original Riley Blake chevron prints. I cut the binding so that it looks like a bias cut stripe on the front of the quilt, and a bit of the chevron is visible on the back side. The backing is a French Bull fabric
Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you are enjoying the link up! Since I like it when other quilters do this, here's links to my previous BQF quilts: