I’m very pleased to have this one bound and finished in plenty of time for Christmas. It was a fun, easy quilt from start to finish. I think it’s a very rare thing to be able to say that so I’m just going to revel in that moment for a while…
This quilt has been nothing but a gentle, stress relieving joy to make. I really hope it can bring those feelings to my sister when I give it to her. She’s had a tough time recently so I’m delighted to be able to give her a ‘hug she can keep’ with this quilt.
Quilting: Some people call the pattern I used Dogwood, others call it Orange Peel.
I’ve used this pattern on a couple of quilts now and it’s a great all over pattern that I find more interesting (and less likely to look shoddy) than stippling or meandering. I think it works nicely for the structure of this quilt by softening the squares without distorting them.
Binding: I did have enough of the backing fabric to complete the binding to match. I almost did do that. However, as I was attaching the first side of the binding I began thinking about my sister…
She has a very important, professional job where she does amazing, complicated and serious stuff with money and maths that I couldn’t begin to understand. When she needs to be she is the epitome of a smart dark grey suit (the kind of smart that my Mum would describe as “so smart it makes your teeth ache”). Kind of like the colour I used for the backing and binding of the quilt.
But my sister is also the kind of person who brings the sunshine into the room when she enters. She’s the brightest, most colourful firework at the finale of the display. She is every colour all at the same time. Just like the front of the quilt. So I couldn’t resist adding in a section of bright hot pink to the binding to reflect the flash and spark she brings to all she does. It’s an added bonus for me that the pink fabric is actually left over from the lining of a bag I made for her a few years ago. Just a nice link back that makes me smile.
Here it is sat next to our Christmas tree just before I take it upstairs to add the label and then wrap up ready for her to open and snuggle up with in a few weeks time.