Well…How was your weekend? Mine was great — I finished the Aunts’ Quilt!
Oh, how I loooove this quilt! It was SO fun to make! This quilt took a year to piece the top (it’s been almost two years since we started the Aunts’ Quilt Quilt-a-long) and then I sent the top to a hand-quilter (because I think a quilt with that much work deserves hand-quilting ;-D )and it took her almost a year to finish the quilting. As always, she did a beautiful job! My very favorite part is the cross-hatching on the applique blocks.
The pieced blocks aren’t as heavily quilted, but that’s ok — the applique blocks are really the stars of the quilt. We basically did 1/4″ quilting around the flying geese and large cross-hatching in the corners. We debated making the cross-hatching smaller on those corners, but I like the contrast between the larger cross-hatching and the smaller cross-hatching.
For the backing, I used the same Japanese honeycomb dot fabric that I used in the border — just in a different colorway. You can also see how the border was quilted in the picture below. The clamshells were quilted both in the ditch and 1/4″ in from the edge. I know some of you don’t like that clamshell border but I love it. I love looking at all the different fabrics that were used in the interior of the quilt. And for the binding I used a Bonnie and Camille diagonal stripe from their April Showers line. It’s funny, when I bought the stripes in that line, the teal was my least favorite color and I thought I would never use it. I think it worked out just right for this quilt though.
So, now what to do with her? I’m still pondering my options. For awhile, I’ll probably just spend a lot of time just looking at her. I do so love a scrappy quilt! She looks pretty folded, sitting on a bench (look at those fun fabrics on those two middle folds!).
But she really looks pretty, all spread out with someone sleeping under her. (Speaking of which, what is it about cats and quilts? Within 5 minutes of sitting down to start the binding of the quilt, both cats tried to climb up on my lap and curl up under the quilt. Stubborn Scruff even tried twice!)
Now I can get back to work on the baby quilt. I’m hoping to finish the quilting by Halloween — it’s lots of work, but it sure is fun!
Have a great week!
P.S. The pattern for The Aunts’ Quilt was designed by Australian Gina Gregory!