Sometimes quilts take on a life of their own. (No) Golden Shadows started as a square shadow quilt or throw pillow (I hadn’t yet made up my mind). When the shadows failed to show up at the appropriate spots, I just kind of winged it. There are no shadows to be seen in this quilt, which wound up with two-layered quilting in red and turquoise and an improvisational block style. At 36 x 68 inches, it is also an unusual shape for a quilt. Perhaps a table runner?
I did find a beautiful rust colored fabric for the binding, which was machine stitched down. I also learned that you shouldn’t trim the batting all the way down to the quilt top, but rather should leave a good 1/4 inch. This will help with any misplaced binding stitches and will “puff up” the binding a little.
Now that this is finished, it is time to turn my attention back to the BOM quilt.
The quilting on the (No) Golden Shadows quilt is finally done… and I love how it came out! The rust red (Coat’s & Clark’s Paprika) looks perfect on top of the turquoise and I’m really starting to get the hang of the quilting foot on my machine.
Which isn’t to say that the ovals are perfect- far from it! In fact, even though I was simply tracing the ovals from the backing of the quilt (which I lined up almost perfectly- YAY!), my stitching still looks hand done. Actually, I should specify: hand done by me. Some people can make perfect stitches by hand. I can’t make even stitches by hand or machine, so when I say “by hand”, I mean more like the hand of a 5 year old. I rather like it that way.
And now the binding dilemma. What do I bind this with? I know it will be machine stitched using my new binding clips. I was thinking of using the leftover material from the back for a binding, but I’m afraid the ovals will look all wonky. There is no material left over from the front. I’m thinking maybe a solid rust color, which will necessitate a trip to the fabric store. Should I pretend to be disappointed about that?
In other news, Prowler the kitty got adopted and it was indeed hard to give him up. Even still, we will certainly be fostering more cats in the future. I bought a new set of pre-cuts: 2.5 inch mini charms. I got 11 packs of Moda’s Tucker Prairie by OneCanoeTwo. I’m pretty sure that these are going to become a Plus quilt. And finally, I’m contemplating joining a quilt guild here in South Florida. Does anyone my age (41) participate? Thoughts?
Well, the mini Fair Isle is finally bound, and yes, I did finish it up by hand. A one hour wait at the doctor’s office on Tuesday and then two hours for an oil change today allowed me to finish. (It seems I get the most sewing done at the car dealer- something to think about). Very far from perfect, but I think it was a decent salvage of a quilt that went horribly wrong. The quilt was backed with a mint green plus sign pattern, bound with scraps from the front and quilted with parallel straight lines at every 1/3 inch.
Now I have moved on to quilting the (No) Golden Shadows quilt. It will be overlapping ovals in straight lines. Turquoise and then a dark reddish brown. Each row is taking about two hours and I figure there will be about 35 rows in all. Luckily, I am finding this monotony very relaxing! Here is a picture of the turquoise. The red will overlap in the middle of the two rows.
And finally, I have started sewing a memory quilt for my son’s best friend. So far it looks amazing! This one will get a blog post all it’s own!
For my next project, I had pulled out a set of charm squares with the intention of making a shadow quilt. I loved some of the examples I saw online and thought it would be a great way to highlight some pretty fabric. Here’s a sample of what I chose.
I pulled a marbled gold from my stash for the shadows and bought a speckled beige to do the sashing.
Cut, measure, sew and the first two blocks came together easily. Except, they didn’t look shadowy at all! In fact, my husband thought they were rather ugly.
So, I decided I would simply frame the squares
in the gold color and wing it from there. I carefully measured and even more carefully sewed the one inch borders before I realized that I could make my job so much easier by cutting larger and trimming after they are sewn. That should have been obvious from the get-go, but oh well. At least I only did two before I picked up on that!
Here are all nine squares framed, but not yet trimmed, along with one of the original shadow blocks that I might use on the back. If you are comparing my photos, you might notice that the butterfly squares in the first picture didn’t make the final cut. This was a charm pack of twenty; two each of ten different patterns. All of the patterns look Spanish or Moroccan to me, except for the butterflies. The colors match, and the scale of the pattern matches, but the pattern itself just didn’t seem to fit. So, realizing that I had many more layout options with nine squares as opposed to ten, the butterflies (along with the other leftover squares) went into the scrap box.
Still not sure what kind of layout this will wind up in. Or if it will be a mini-quilt or really big pillow. I’m kind of leaning towards pillow today. Any ideas (or tips on where I went wrong with the shadows), please send them my way!