So…. do you remember that secret surprise that I referred to in this post? Well, this is it! The Bi-Coastal Quilt. Finally finished and sent to its new home.
It’s hard to believe that I sewed my first real quilt only about a year ago, after visiting Jennifer Paganelli’s studio sale. I picked up a couple bags of her fabric scraps and sewed together this quilt- and learned a hell of a lot along the way. The “Bi-Coastal” quilt (I am calling it this because I started it in California and finished it in Cape Cod) is now my 4th finished quilt.
This quilt was started in May, (inspired by my friend Susie and her rapidly approaching nuptials to a great guy), but finished in July. Since this was a second marriage for both of them they requested no gifts (who really listens to that, right?), I thought a quilt would be something they would always have and hopefully treasure.
I opted for a string quilt, and to my surprise, all these fabrics came from my stash, even the Kona Snow that inhabits the negative space of the quilt! I think using fabrics that come from a stash, is one of the most gratifying feelings! If I were to really sit down and study this string quilt, I would be able to identify fabrics that I made headbands out of, fabrics used for dresses and handbags, even fabric from a pair of Munki-Munki pajamas that I disassembled (I had to have the goldfish in the baggie represented in her quilt somewhere!)
It really was a labor of love. In fact, I feel like a part of me is sewn into each quilt I make. I spend a lot of time planning, gathering, cutting and sewing each part together. So the photo with me in front of the pond is me loving on the quilt and saying goodbye to it.
As for some things I would love to improve on? All the points on this quilt don’t match up, but I had to let that go, otherwise they wouldn’t being seeing this quilt until their 1 year anniversary.
And this was my first real try at Free Motion Quilting, my own rendition. I think with more practice, I might like it? Maybe my hands, back and neck won’t cramp as much with more practice also?
This rendition could be called the confused circle pattern, they don’t know if they are coming or going! Just like the maker!!!! 🙂
Here’s the front after being washed.
The back after being washed. I love how the different stitching seems to make the color of the quilt change.
One last thing that I need improvement on is the binding of the quilt. I didn’t do pointed corners on this quilt. I wanted to, believe me, but it just wasn’t the way it worked out.
My next post is going to be my give-away and it is going to be a good one! Does the name Aneela Hoey mean anything to you? Well if you don’t know her you should! Check this out.
Have a great week!