Another one finished. I’ve been very productive lately.
This one started as a block-of-the-week program with Jenifer from 42 Quilts. I started with 5 fabrics from a bundle I picked up at Pepper Lane Designs, a little quilt store in Narooma, NSW. I then pulled fabrics from my stash in this aqua, green, grey & brown fabric palette.
I think what I like best about this entire project is the wonkiness. In many of the blocks, we PURPOSELY cut off points or made things crooked. It was such a free and playful way to make a block. If something didn’t turn out – I’d just whack on (or off) another piece of fabric and make it work. It was almost like the point of it was to do things imperfectly. VERY fun.
When putting the back together, I used the remaining fabric and some left-over blocks. I sliced in half a large piece of green batik and waalaaa…..my pieced back was formed.
The free motion quilting (FMQ) was done by doing a misshapen rounded square spiral in each block with irregular pebbles in the sashing. Squiggles were put into the 2 narrow border inserts and then I did more pebbles on the inside of a meandering double line in the outer borders with more squiggles on the other side of the meandering line. FMQing isn’t my favorite part of the quilting process but I don’t hate it as much as I used to. I stand by my statement that if I could afford it – I’d have all my quilts quilted by the professionals -but since I haven’t won the lottery yet, I’ll continue to practice FMQing!
I find once I’m DONE with the FMQ, I can look at it more objectively and realize that it’s not half bad. I also think once washed, all quilting imperfections are lessened. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)