Friday, February 22, 2013
Low Volume Finish
Last week was my HST BOM quilt finish, this week, my low volume quilt. Woo! This quilt was made for a cousin of mine who got married last weekend. (I finished it just in time to take it with me to the wedding!)
Some time ago, I participated in a low volume charm square swap. It yielded a bunch of lovelies, but I didn't have any immediate ideas for the charms, and when I did consider using them for myself, the presence of two small and messy kidlets dissuaded me.
I sewed them together in rows and added a 5" outside vertical stripe to either side to widen the top. To brighten it up, I used Anna Maria Horner's feather pattern and raw edge appliqued it.
Quilting was mostly straight lines on a diagonal through the blocks, but I did a bit of loop-de-loop FMQ in the borders.
And to balance out the bright feather, I pieced in a bit of red binding on the opposite corner. This idea was sheer genius. (Or perhaps it emerged because I didn't have enough binding material?) The backing is the same Ikea text print that I used for my HST BOM quilt.
I presented both my sister's quilt and my cousin's quilt to their new owners last weekend, and both sets of owners were excited! I wish I had gotten a shot of it wrapped up. I realized when I got to Texas that I didn't have a card or ribbon of any sort, even though I'd brought wrapping paper and tape. I faced the label outwards, rolled it into a cylinder so that the label still showed, and tied it in a large bow with a wine-colored sash I had brought with me. I think all future quilt gifts will be made in a similar fashion.
Several non-quilters commented on the backing fabric, asking me the significance of the numbers or why I chose that particular fabric, and I kept thinking, "Because it looks cool, peeps! Don't you know text fabrics are all the rage? This quilt is hip!" Maybe it's a quilters-only thing?
I'm linking up to TGIFF at Gingersnaps Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts. I love WIP Wednesdays because you get an intimate look into the creative process of so many bloggers, but I LOVE Fridays because there are so many drool-worthy finishes!