Oh this quilt took too long.
What started as a quilt along with great intentions was soon ignored (because I just couldn't get my points matchy matchy).
2013 is the year of finishing my shizzle (Megan has a great hashtag on instagram #finishit2013 - tag your photos to take part in the great finish!)
Trudi quilted this (Chris - I haven't abandoned you, I have a quilt here for you ready to go, I'll probably post it today!) and instead of an all over pattern it's lightly custom quilted. The centres are quilted like a Yorkshire Rose, and then the pointy star bits are quilted with feathers, that take their inspiration from the feather print in Field Study.
She did a great job, and I can't recommend her work enough. It's great having a quilter in the kitchen guild, it makes dropping off and picking up quilt tops quite easy.
It's backed with a leopard print velveteen from Anna Maria Horner's field study collection, with a stripe of voile just to break up the leopard a little bit and to add extra snuggliness.
It's an amazingly soft and cuddly quilt, quite heavy despite it's small size, because of the velveteen and feels extra luxurious because of it too.
I appliqued little hexagons over each centre point, to hide the messiness. Sneaky, huh? I used this method (cutting a soluble stabiliser instead of paper and the fabrics using my Sizzix big shot and 2 of the hexagon dies - the 1.25" and the 1")
The quilt has been bound in a bubblegum pink binding (Moda Bella petal pink) and washed up brilliantly - I didn't pre-wash the velveteen, I didn't pre-wash any of the fabrics, and it's shrunk just enough for wrinkling but not become distorted or twisted. I think I was lucky and the quilting has stabilised it quite a bit and you should probably pre-wash any fabric that isn't a regular quilting cotton. I'm too impatient and can't be doing with waiting for it to dry. Do as I say, not what I do - pre-wash your flannel, corduroy and velveteen. They do shrink. It would be such a shame for you to make something you're incredibly happy with and then ruin it by washing it and it twisting up weirdly. I promise the next quilt I make using substrates I'll pre-wash. Deal?
Finished size (after washing) - 51" square (approx)
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