Wednesday, September 05, 2012

won't you take me to...

Wonky City
yay! a finished bee quilt. thanks so much to the ladies of the wonky quilt bee for making so many awesome blocks. i improv pieced the blocks together with various light colored leftovers. i added essex linen borders with little squares of a beige windham hand-dyed solid in the corners.
Wonky City
the back uses lizzy house hedgehog fabric (my city has quite the pest problem) and a brown connecting threads solid with a little pezzy print and some more neutral scraps thrown in. the batting is quilter's dream cotton.
Wonky City
quilting this turned out to be a huge pain in the ass. i knew i wanted to leave the houses un-quilted. i used a stipple on the negative space because i thought it would go fast. i was attempting to try out superior so fine thread. it would not stop shredding and breaking every few inches. finally i gave up and switched to gutermann cotton thread in the top and kept the so fine in the bobbin and it quilted much more smoothly after that. i haven't sworn off poly thread for quilting completely yet but i am very close to it.
Wonky City
i went with a scrappy binding, which might be my favorite part of the whole thing. it's handstitched to the front. of course i forgot to measure it but it's somewhere in the neighborhood of 44x50. it got a very nice reception at the baby shower and several people thought it looked "just as good as store-bought." so i got that going for me.

5 comments:

  1. wow! just as good as store bought, ha? these people need a lesson on appreciating hand made.

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  2. aww, that's a super sweet quilt!

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  3. cinzia allocca9/05/2012 06:00:00 PM

    i love this quilt! I'm working on a house quilt too! This is great inspiration! Love the fussy cut images of the car and bike.

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  4. It looks fabulous! I love how you assembled the blocks, and the neutral scraps you added. And the binding is my favorite, too. Yay!!

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  5. it is so great! i love it so much! it is perfect and he will love it!

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