Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Scattered Squares - Finished!

 Here's my second quilt, all finished!  I used the Scattered Squares pattern by Elizabeth Hartman's Craftsy class.  It's a fun one, and I used a charm pack of patterned fabric (Mod Century by Jenn Ski) and some polka dot prints in yellow and green and some cream and brown solids.  The back is a chartreuse oval print with an accent strip of a great, funky pattern from the Mod Century line. 

The top picture is my trusty assistant laying out the squares in random fashion. (The second picture is what trusty assistant #2 was doing after she lost interest in lining up random squares.)

 Here's a picture of the front of the quilt, held up by DH in his encore performance as Quilt Model.  Here he's really doing his minimalist modern look.  So minimalist you can hardly see him.  (I had to promise not to post his picture.  He doesn't like to be featured on my blog.  For a model, he is quite reluctant to have his picture published.)
 Here's a close-up of the front to show my first attempt at free motion quilting a large quilt (I'd only done a table runner before).  I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.  There are some spots that are denser than others and a few places where the lines are sharp but all in all, from a distance or in dim light (and ideally both), it looks great.  And best of all, it crinkled up beautifully with washing. 
Here's a shot of the back, with the accent strip, which was meant to be the all-over pattern to conceal my beginner efforts at quilting.  I had to settle for a quieter print (if you can call chartreuse "quiet"!) but I am still very pleased with the end result. The binding is more of that espresso brown solid that is on the front. 

I'll have to decide if I am going to be one of those quilters that names quilts or not.  At the moment I am one of those quilters that becomes paralyzed with indecision at the prospect of naming the quilt.  It reminds me of the feeling I get when I'm handed a card at work (birthday, wedding, farewell, retirement, etc.) and it's full of witty, clever comments from everyone else and all I can think of to say is "Best wishes".  So for now, this quilt shall remain nameless. Next up is my citron and gray Urban Cabin quilt, but that one is waiting for me to find the piece of Kona Coal I bought to finish the back.  I know I put it somewhere, but just where that somewhere is remains elusive...

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