>> Monday, June 22, 2009
Amanda Jean made a jolly rancher quilt, I went for Mentos, or maybe rainbow sherbet. Like hers, this is made entirely from scraps. Ok, it's made mostly from scraps, with a little help from my stash. I'm shipping it off as my Craft Hope contribution tomorrow, and I finished it just under the wire in terms of access to my sewing machine and fabric.
There are some things I really like about it as well as some things I would do differently next time.
I love that I found a fun way to use my scraps.
I wish my scrap collection were a little larger (who doesn't?!) so the quilt contained more variety.
I love the wonky, improv log cabin blocks.
I wish I had thought a little more about the initial piecing so the colors were more evenly distributed across blocks.
I love that I finally made a full log cabin quilt (only blocks previously).
I wish I made more blocks so the log cabin effect could be more pronounced.
I love that I also pieced the back from my scraps & stash.
I wish I had had more of a dark color for the binding (c'est la vie).
I love this section of the pieced back.
I wish I had more of the American Jane Recess fabric (on the left, got in a swap) and the pink paisley (gasp! pink! I also got it through a swap).
I LOVE that I stipple-quilted for the first time (just got a darning/free-motion foot!).
I wish I were better at it (I know, I know, time & practice).
I love that I felt comfortable enough to just go for the stippling.
I wish I had thought about the impact of using different top and bobbin threads.
Scratch that. I actually like the way the red peeks through on the back, and I don't think red thread would have looked as good (or blended as well) on the back. Occasionally it looks a little weird, though.
I love the stipple-quilting effect.
I wish I had time to wash and dry it to achieve the crinkle effect before mailing it. Next time!
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And I'm still eager for any and all NYC tips: food, fabric, free fun....anything! Post away :)