I had one completion this week for FNSI and I’m OK with that. I have been wanting to make a quilt I saw in the Modern Quilt Workshop by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. I thought the simplicity of the design would make it a quick quilt. Well, although the design is simple, it requires a lot of quilting. And I found out that I really don’t like quilting. Don’t get me wrong, I love selecting fabrics, piecing, and binding. It’s the quilting that I suck at. It makes my back and neck ache, and I generally get annoyed doing it. That said, I like how the quilting, or stippling, turned out in this piece.
OF COURSE I didn’t finish a quilt for FNSI, that’s ridiculous. I did finish a pillow though. My circles leave a lot to be desired, and for sure, that’s the focus of the piece. I noticed afterword that the circles in the original quilt are actually a continuous loop and mine have a definite starting and stopping point. I ripped and sewed each of the circles twice because I wasn’t happy with them. Ultimately, I had to leave them because I ripped and re-quilted after I had stippled with the red thread. There is some puckering but it’s not too bad. However, I am satisfied with my stippling overall. I made a simple envelope-style closure for the back and used one of my throw pillows from the couch for the form. I bound it like a quilt with the same Kona red. Here it is, modeled by Rex:
And a closer view
I might actually like the quilting process in the future if I can get a more comfortable chair/table setup. I think that’s why my back and neck ache when I do it. Here is the quilt in the book:
Mine looks reasonably like the original, right? Minus the messy ends in the circles. Well, minus the messy circles themselves.
I also mailed off my blocks for February’s do. Good Stitches quilt. We’re supporting a young lady in Australia whose home has been devastated by the flooding and I think this quilt is going to be really beautiful. I think all the do. Good Stitches quilters have done a really wonderful job picking the blocks and making the quilts for worthy recipients. Kristy’s design is no exception.
Here are my blocks:
She asked for a disappearing 9 patch in Spring colors. I think I got the “value” wrong in these – Kristy’s colors are more pale – but I think they’re very Spring like. I hope they work well with the other blocks. This block was so simple and rewarding. I might have to try it again. I like how these turned out.