Thursday, June 12, 2008
I (finally) finished the quilt top for the new baby's quilt. The quilt was inspired by the bundle of fabric that I purchased from patapri on etsy. I decided to do a modified log cabin quilt block, and pulled out four colors from the prints to serve as the borders-- teal, chartreuse, plum, and orange. I strip-pieced the log cabin blocks with the colors, then added the white strips. I sewed up a bunch of random "confetti" strips to mix in with the plain white strips. There are 12 different prints total. Overall, I am very pleased with this project. There are plenty of wonky seams. I really hope that I get the hand of straight 1/4" seam sewing soon! The biggest difficulty in this quilt was that the printed squares and the white fabric is 100% linen. Because of that, it frays like mad! For durability, I double-seamed each of the seams, which took forever. Also, the quilt is huge! I don't think I realized quilt how big 60" by 60" is. I kind of think I just should have made it a twin, but I think it will be a nice place to lay down the baby. Now, all that is left to do is quilt! I purchased a lovely linen/rayon blend in the exact teal I used on the front to use for the back. But, after scouring the internet for advice, I've decided that using the rayon blend is just too risky. I'm worried about the rayon wearing unevenly or deteriorating. So.... impatient me must wait for the quilt back fabric to be delivered. Sorry teal linen, we will save you for another day! I am also thinking of sending this quilt out to be long-armed. I've never done that before. Anyone have any recommendations for long-arm quilters that do "modern" quilting?