I finally finished Shannon’s Purple Quilt! It only took…er…2 1/2 years… Luckily she was very patient with me. In fact, from the time the idea of the quilt was hatched to the time it was finished, she met and got engaged to the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with! Hopefully he likes purple. 😉
The back of the quilt was pieced together using scraps from the front and polka dots. I love polka dots. 🙂 Any chance I get to use them I do. Perhaps this is why I love Shannon because she got super excited when I showed her the backing fabric.
This back and I have a love-hate relationship. It started out really awesome, until I ran into partial seams, short sides, and too little fabric. I had to really scrape together enough fabric leftover to get a back big enough to quilt the darn thing. There may have been a few swear words floating out from the sewing room that day…
The quilting of this beast really gave my arms, shoulders, and tiny machine a workout. I may or may not have looked into buying a used long arm machine because of this project. (And am still entertaining the idea even though this project is finished)
At first I thought free motion quilting would be the easiest because I could work in small sections…yeah….no. I ended up using a walking foot and straight lines to give my arms a break. I used a purple variegated sulky thread that blended the four shades of purple nicely. I think Amy over at 13 Spools is starting to rub off on me with her love of variegated threads. LOL
The result ended up really nice. You can’t see it in the picture, but in each black and white rectangle I quilted an X. I think the straight lines help bring out the purple nicely. Or maybe that’s just my opinion because it is really the only quilt pattern that would work. 😉
Also, check out that binding! It is from Lotta Jansdotter’s new line “Sylvia” that I purchased at Crimson Tate. Gotta love a great local shop with a fabulous owner to help pick out binding for you. 🙂