Now it’s not only finished, but living in its new home!
The binding is left over AMH voile from my AMH charm quilt. It was completely meant to be, because I had just enough, to bind this mini. I love how the two quilts are completely different, yet the same binding works on them both perfectly.
For the quilting, I used holoshimmer thread again but this time in gold to match the warm tones in a crosshatch through the centre of each cross/plus/kiss.
The back is made up of a large scrap of an AMH print from Hand Drawn garden (from the same line as most of the AMH prints on the front) and then a Textured Basic spot which had the same colours to match without being matchy matchy.
This mini was surprisingly hard to let go of! I hope my own swap mini turns up soon!
With the Finish Along linkup closing for quarter 2 soon, figured I need to do some blog catch up so I can linkup!
I apologise for not replying to any comments left lately but I’ve barely been checking my blog, or reading any blogs at all. In fact I’ve barely been on Instagram either! (shock! gasp!).
When I have been on Instagram, it’s for “work” as one of the Lizzy House Mini Quilt Swap Co-Ordinators. Despite being a good experience, Sarah and I both agree that it is not a position we wish to do again :) and adding to that: no more swaps! I am quite happy to have no more mini quilt swaps to worry about making, and I’m just waiting for two last ones to arrive on my doorstep.
This past week, I sent off my last minis, including my Lizzy House one to my partner in Darwin.
My partner had said she loves the Constellations line and her dislikes were “dull things”. I was a little worried the monochromatic look of all the blues put the mini into “dull” so quilted a spiral in trusty silver holoshimmer to add a bit of sparkly bling! And when my partner started liking and commenting the pics I shared of it on IG, then I knew she liked it PHEW!
I struggled picking something for the binding. I kept leaning towards yellow because of my Constellations quilt but I didn’t think that worked here because there wasn’t much yellow featured at all so would stand out a bit too much. Eventually I settled on a light blue shot cotton.
The shot cotton also works on the back which is scrappy Lizzy House time!
After leaving it for 6 months, getting back to it was a little hard as I had to remember where the pre-pieced pieces were going. This pattern, when left alone, apparently does not piece itself together!
Most of it was done which helped.
What did not help, is that for the last third, I had handful of pieces not yet pieced into large sections.
The pattern itself suggests starting at the top with each fabric and working your way across through each colour to lay it out. So for example, my top fabrics in the above picture, I pieced the brown fabrics, then the pink, then the white/purple etc and laid them out in place as I went. Eventually I had all the pieces that made up a full section (I aimed for a third of the quilt top at a time) and I could piece together the rows.
When I last stopped, I didn’t have any full rows/sections so couldn’t join anything together so just had a jumble of pieces that I had to move around on the design wall until I could make them work since I forgot where I had originally intended them to go! Once I had them in place, I had to find the rest of the fabrics and cut them up to fit in place as well!
If you make this pattern, I would suggest to print out a plain copy to colour in so you can plan your fabric arrangement. Then if you move away from the project, you know where the fabrics were supposed to go, and you can make sure your colours are mixed appropriatley. When I started, I didn’t really have a plan and there are a few things I’d like to change (mostly just better mix the warm and cool colours!).
I did plan on finishing this quilt for this quarter as it’s on my Finish Along goals but I’ve decided I’m not going to finish it this quarter but will do later in the year. This is because, after buying a backing for the quilt, I’ve found better backing for it!
Originally, I was going to use the Ikea numbers fabric that I purchased from someone on IG. Since the fabric wasn’t quite long enough to cover the whole back, I was torn on how to piece it: use a different fabric, try and match the writing to make it seamless…? So because I was still thinking about it, I didn’t do anything with it as I was too lazy to cut it up. Then, during the most recent Quilt Market, I saw posts on IG that Tula Pink is releasing Wide Back fabrics! Perfect! So, until that fabric is released and I get my hands on some, this project will be in time out for a while.
Being lazy and ignoring projects can sometimes be beneficial :D