It almost slipped my mind to link this finish up tonight in time for the A Lovely Year of Finishes August deadline. Thankfully as I was getting ready for bed tonight, a voice in the back of my head kept saying "I think you forgot to do something". Indeed!
Anyways, I'm happy to report that I finished sewing the binding on this quilt about a week ago and have already given it the crinkle treatment in the wash in preparation to gift it. This quilt is coming with us on our trip back to the Rockies in September, and I can't wait to give it to my brother and his wife for their anniversary.
As I mentioned in my original goal setting post for this project, I began this quilt in 2012 as a gift to the couple for their wedding. But as projects sometimes go (especially those with big intentions it seems) I ran out of time right before the wedding, and decided to wait on completing it so that I could put as much care as I wanted to into making it.
I sadly ended up moving the project to the pile of unfinished quilts as other projects with upcoming deadlines took precedence. I kept meaning to come back to it though and give it the attention it deserved, so this month ended up being the time finally to dedicate myself to finishing it.
I pieced a scrappy backing last month made up of the extra bits from piecing the top, and got to work on the quilting shortly after. I decided to do straight-line quilting following the vertical and horizontal lines of the piecing, with a few little turns and quirks in the overall design to highlight the embroidered plus on the front. The quilting is subtle, but also helps to reinforce the design I think.
I did try out some free-motion quilting on the red pluses on the front of the quilt, but ended up taking that quilting out. The red thread I used blended well with the front design, but didn't look the way I wanted it to on the back with all of that light green.
Nonetheless, I'm happy I gave the quilting a try and will have to find ways to use FMQ on future projects. Also by the way, I'm enjoying exploring this skill more and more with my new machine.
My brother and his wife are now the proud parents to two 1 year-old twin girls, so I imagine many more quilts will be made for them in the future. For now, I hope that this quilt will be a nice throw-size for the family, and a loving reminder of the day their family started.
Name: M&C Wedding Quilt
Pattern: Plus quilt design (inspired by various quilts, including this tutorial by Jeni Baker)
Size: 64" square
Fabrics used: Various solids and prints in greens, yellow, and reds
Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil, quilting is Aurifil variegated 40wt #4658
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