Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Charm Swap Quilt Saga

Color Wheel Charm Swap Quilt
I signed up for 2 rounds of the color wheel charm swap. i was super excited to receive my charms and it took no time at all to transform them into a myriad of HSTs. trimming held me back a little bit but soon enough i had a finished quilt top.

and then i put it away because i hated it. the bold in your face color was too much, even for me. i couldn't decide what to do for the backing so i let it sit for months. finally the guilt of too many idle projects became overwhelming and i got it out of WIP land.
Color Wheel Charm Swap Quilt
i decided that the remedy for the riot of color was lots of black and white. so for the backing i gathered pretty much every black and white fabric i had and just started stitching pieces together. i am not afraid to admit that this is quite normally my approach to making quilt backs. i know what size i need to end up with and i just attach pieces here and there until i get the right size. this one happens to look more helter-skelter than usual because of the lack of solids. i squeezed in a few extra HSTs for a pop of color in a sea of AH heath.
Color Wheel Charm Swap Quilt
this was my first time using quilter's dream cotton batting. i've tried a few different kinds before but most of my experience has been with warm and white or warm and natural. i must say i was really impressed with the softness and drape of the QD. it just felt like a much nicer quality batting and it's a little thinner as well. i used it in both my retro flowers and this quilt (i got a super queen size and was able to squeeze both quilts out of one batting) and i think i'm a convert. it can be had fairly inexpensively at fabric.com with coupons, so i will definitely be going this route in the future.

i realize now that my close-up shot doesn't really show the quilting but maybe it's for the best. i did allover loopy quilting with gray gutermann thread and i think i'm coming to grips with the fact that i'm just not very good at FMQ. my tension especially on the back is not great. i seem to do best with random allover patterns. i tried orange peel but ripped it out because i can't sew a decent curve to save my life. i wonder if this is related to the fact that i cannot draw. at any rate, it's always good to get more practice even though Charles Barkley would declare it looks "Turrible."

i went from being excited about the charms to hating the top so much that i debated just throwing it out. then my interest grew when i made that high contrast black/white backing and circled around to hating it again when i was sloppily quilting it. and now that it's all finished with my handstitched kona charcoal binding (the only solid in the entire quilt) i've come around to loving it again. it's been a roller coaster for sure.


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4 comments:

  1. I think we all have roller coasters w/ our quilts sometimes.  There are an infinite number of possibilities to choose from at every stage  of the quilting process, and it's easy to sometimes be disappointed with our choices.  However, you have a beautiful quilt and I'm glad you're happy with it in the end!!  You should be!!

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  2. I'm glad you ended up loving it. I do, too. It is not turrible. And that was a fantastic reference. I love the pop of color on the back. I appreciate the suggestion of QD batting, too. I'd heard about it recently, and I'm going to have to try it soon.

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  3. Well I sure don't hate it! In fact it's quite beautiful. But i can understand the love/hate/love relationship. Love the use of black and whites on the back.

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  4. i am so glad you don't hate it anymore.  i think it looks great.  i love quilts that are in your face bright and colorful!  i am going to have to try out the quilters dream batting. i just got my monster 15 yard roll of batting but once that is done, i will have to give it a go.

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