Here is the quilt I made last month for our Foothills Annual Quilt Challenge - the theme was "What I am grateful for about Foothills or Quilting".
I decided to use my little red work quilting girl blocks that had been languishing for about 9 years so it's a long-overdue UFO for me too. I'm happy that they were right for the theme and are now made into a quilt. The swag borders are pre-printed yardage. I added hand applique bows at the corners. It took a lot of calculating to make the pre-printed borders fit along the block edges evenly. Thankfully trimming the blocks to a smaller size and choosing a good sashing width made it all fit together.
I did custom quilting on this quilt
and it seemed to take half-of-forever (a total of about 62 hours). I love quilting feathers and meandering, but struggle with ruler work, so was glad when that part was finished. I put in some really long days getting this done on time - not what I want to repeat anytime soon. We had been having our great grandson here so
much, that I didn't think I'd ever be able to get enough time to finish
it by the deadline, but it finally got finished.
Getting the marking out turned out to be a challenge. I used Sewline pencil with pink lead and Bohin colored chalk, the
purple. I thought I had pre-tested them but not good enough I guess. I'm going to have to be more careful in the future.
I plan to give the back a little bit more attention before I call this quilt completely finished. It seems that when I was changing thread colors my longarm came unthreaded and I struggled getting it to sew evenly after I re-threaded. The stitching looks okay on the front but there are some loops around some of the curved feather tips on the back. I think I'll come up with an applique idea and do some back art to cover those "loopies". I'll post some pictures when I get the back art finished.
All in all, I'm pleased with the way it turned out, but I prefer a more leisurely experience when I'm quilting. It's done though so now I can switch to doing a little bit of handwork - something I really enjoy. A much slower pace too.
Here are a few close-ups so you can see the quilting.