I finished my second quilt of 2011. This is for my brother--his birthday is in April.
I used the basic block pattern from Color Your Cloth, though I enlarged it to 12.5" square and didn't follow the directions in the book at all. this was technically my first try with half-square triangles. I used 2 max and whiskers charm packs, kona solids in khaki, earth, and moss, the hand-dyed fat quarter i received from fabric shack, and some stash fabrics--including one cotton from my mom's stash. The borders were a last minute addition. The quilt is 72" square.
Poor Spicy deserves props for holding up such a large quilt for an extended time. Plus, as you can see, it's a kitty magnet. When I was calculating the dimensions for the backing, i forgot to add 8 inches and only added 4. this was cutting it really close when i did the quilting. next time i'll remember to add the extra inches. i finally bought a 24x36 cutting mat and i don't know how i ever lived without it. squaring up the quilt was a lot easier this way.
for the quilting, i narrowly edged around each octagon with my walking foot. then i free motioned the centers and the diamonds.
the outer khaki edges were stippled and the brown stripe has a single line of loopy quilting all around. it was actually fairly quick to quilt this way. it only took me 2 days.
i tried a new binding method. i cut strips of continuous bias binding using the tutorial at the dread pirate rodgers. this was also my first try with rounded corners. does anyone know why the edges got all twisty in the wash? i'd use this method again except that i'm not loving the results. i'm perfectly willing to chalk it up to personal sloppiness if it's something i can correct.
one of these days i'll end my obsession with square quilts. i think this was my biggest so far and it wasn't too scary. i used up a lot of "firsts" with this quilt. i hope my brother likes it.