Lots of photos today as I have two finishes to share with you; well, one complete finish and one finished top. I could have posted Wedding Stars last Friday but I didn't feel I should show off the pics until I had delivered the quilt to the happy couple, which didn't happen till Saturday.
So here it is, longarm quilted by my friend, Chris (bride's mother) in a design which incorporates hearts and swirls: very subtle, and we chose a soft gold thread which blends beautifully across all the colours.
The backing is a blue check flannel so it is soft and cuddly but, most important, it is sufficiently masculine to appeal to the groom!
Quilts stats: Finished quilt measures 80" x 100" (big enough for two to wrap up in on the sofa).
Nine patches made with 2" cut squares, so finishing at 4 1/2"
Hourglass blocks and plain squares are 5" unfinished
And here's my finished quilt top from Wednesday: it measures 33" square.
I chain pieced the HSTs together in rows so the little twists of thread in between kept the pieces in the right order.
I know you can use this technique when joining rows of blocks together but I always find it rather unwieldy for big blocks and big quilts. On this smaller scale it worked perfectly.
Here are the rows all ready to be joined.
I did change my mind about the pinwheel in the centre of the star; I felt it needed a stronger statement so I used more HSTs in the blue check fabric to make the star stand out more clearly.
Now to quilt it... Tempted to hand quilt but there are a LOT of seams. I think it might be machine quilting in the ditch. Any thoughts?
Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts: Finish it up Friday.