I’m ready to buy a carpal tunnel wrist glove thingie after all the tiny stitches I made while sewing on the binding, but I’m happy to report that I am now DONE with the first quilt in my challenge. Huzzah!
So I’m pretty psyched with how it came out. I love the colors, love the graphic quality of it, and love how freaking cozy the damn thing is! Denyse’s “recipe” calls for using high-loft polyester batting, which I had never used before. I’m a “Warm’n'Natural” 100% cotton batting girl all the way, because I love that it’s natural and also how it lends a vintage-type feel to the finished quilt (as opposed to a ’70s-’80s style feel those fluffy type of quilts with poly batting usually have). But as I keep stressing—this challenge is all about breaking me out of my comfort zone. So I used the polyester batting and ended up loving it! It’s warm and cozy—yet not at all puffy—and feels very light.
One of my cats, Kang, has been obsessed with the quilt the whole time I’ve been working on it. Every night my big ass was parked in front of the TV finishing the binding, he would plop himself onto my lap (and thus onto the quilt) and refuse to move. This is not normal behavior for him! Sure enough, as soon as I put the quilt on the bed to photograph, he immediately jumped up and claimed it. Look at him staring me down, daring me to move him!
I did kick him off though, so I could show you guys the backing fabric. I love those ugly-pretty colors like mustard and olive.
As I mentioned last time, the quilt blocks didn’t work out to be 10 1/2″ square the way they were supposed to. So instead of ending up with a 60″ square finished quilt, mine is around 56″ square. A pretty big difference, but since it’s just meant as a throw for our couch I’m not too concerned. Oh and believe me, I did you a favor by photographing it in my bedroom instead of on our couch. The living room is a freaking PIT right now.
I did the binding in chocolate brown Kona cotton, as planned, but decided to throw in a strip of some patterned fabric on one side just for the hell of it.
Of course I couldn’t consider this quilt finished until I put a label on it. My friend Wendy gave an impassioned and hilarious talk at one of our LA Modern Quilt Guild meetings all about the importance of labeling your quilts, for future generations to remember you by…or in case you lose your quilt on a plane. Didn’t want to get into too much detail though, so I just broke out some linen tape, rubber stamps and my fabric inks and tucked it into the binding as I stitched it on.
It feels pretty awesome to be done with the first quilt of ten before February 1. Now I just need to figure out which quilt I’ll be making next…so hard to decide! If you think you might want to try taking on the D.S. I Love You challenge too, I’ve created an image you can put in your blog’s sidebar. Just take a peek at mine and grab away! Be sure to leave me a comment here if you think you’re up for it. It would be fun to have some company!