Thursday, August 17, 2017

Juneish


Back in June (duh) I joined the #junequiltqal hosted by Amanda Jean/crazy mom quilts, with my annual summer goal of lowering the level of the scrap basket. I liked making the little slabs, and they went pretty quick.


Even though this quilt uses oodles of scraps, there was also alot of other fabric that went into the background and cornerstones. I did purchase those fabrics just for this project and actually made choices that really surprised me but I felt were suggested by the fabrics in the scrappy quilt blocks I'd pieced together. For background, Kona Ice Peach won the honors, and one of my new favorites was picked for the cornerstones - Wink in Coral from Birch Fabrics.



Backing was another surprising choice - a Luxe 108" Wideback in Coral from Michael Miller Fabrics. There was no way I was going to piece a back for this one, and when I surveyed my choices in widebacks, this one just seemed to 'fit', bright and bold as it may be.



Without giving it much thought other than using as many scraps as possible, I had made the largest size of  the June quilt, following the instructions in Amanda Jean's book, No Scrap Left Behind. And that thing turned out big! Like 86" square big! Bigger than I wanted to quilt myself big. [Note that instructions for two smaller versions can be found on her blog.]


So I contacted my guild buddy Pam Cole of Keeping it Simple and she was willing to quilt it for me. IF I had quilted it myself, I had thought a grid would be nice, and Pam had a grid-like pantograph that suited the quilt nicely. Pam likes to use Hobbs 80/20 batting, so I was trying that for the first time. I can attest to the fact it makes a very soft quilt!


Once home, it was a luxury to be able to just trim the quilt and get right to binding! For that, I had chosen Window Dressing in Twig & Coral from Cloud9. I confess I was in quite a quandary - I loved the fabric, I just wasn't sure it went with the quilt, but I really wanted to use it, so I just went with it. And I think it'll be just fine.


The palette of this one, especially, is so different from my norm. But I like it! Something about it is soothing to me. It was definitely a bit of fun to get this point, though I'll also admit I'm glad to have it done!