Over the weekend my awesome husband Spicy made me a design wall. it's about 7x8 feet and i'm happy to say that a finished quilt sticks to it by friction alone. this means that i don't have to go outside in the winter to take pictures of my quilts. yay!
thank bejeebus i finally finished this damn thing. I started it on a whim and later regretted it, many times. my scrappy trips isn't actually scrappy because i don't have 2 inch strips in long lengths sitting around in my scraps. i don't like that style of piecing--all of the unpicking drove me crazy. for some reason i made my blocks bigger (18" square) and then decided I needed to add another row after i thought i was done. I pieced the blocks together randomly. maybe if i'd had a design wall i would've chosen a more orderly layout but this was all i could muster at the time. and you know, i actually kind of like the chaos.
I chose a moda bella solid wide backing in navy and used a light grey aurifil 50-wt to quilt. the batting is quilter's dream wool which is not the easiest stuff to FMQ b/c it's so poofy. i had a really hard time with it due to both the batting and the size of the quilt (64x80). i can't believe i'm willing to share how crappy it looks, but there it is. the edges of the quilt are a bit wonky because i couldn't prevent the layers from shifting on me during quilting.
I machine bound it with 2.5 inch straight grain strips in a tone-on-tone riley blake chevron. i finally found a machine binding method that i like. it's basically the Red Pepper Quilts method but with slightly wider binding. i don't zigzag first b/c i'm lazy and i press the binding seam after sewing it to the front of the quilt. i think pressing first is really the secret to stitching evenly in the ditch.
so in the interest of full disclosure this was not my favorite. but it's done, it's big enough to fully cover Spicy, and it looks pretty on the couch.