This quilt top and backing were completed in May last year but there was always some excuse as to why they didn’t get quilted.
I wanted to do stitch-in-the-ditch but the professional quilter who does the work for our community quilting group said I should use curves to balance all the straight lines!
Dotty Bright was one of the projects on my January focus list and with temperatures 95° and above, I didn’t feel like standing in our uninsulated garage and quilting.
And so I fell back on my original idea -- stitch-in-the-ditch on my Janome machine. It took me one afternoon to finish the quilting and nearly as long to tie-off all the ends, especially those from the inner border.
Finding the right blue for the binding was tricky; the blue I had was almost exactly the same shade as the blue dots on the black background, but it screamed look at me way to much. In the end, I decided to go with a less green-blue; more in keeping with those blues in the quilt itself.
I’m glad I didn’t use an all-over pantograph pattern, I think the pattern of the blocks is what's important! Or maybe I’m just trying to justify myself!
Either way, it’s done – hurrah!
And now, having completed this quilt and the Sideways Striped Baby Sweater (by frogging), I have met one of my personal rules – to finish at least two projects a month. But I need to finish another quilt before I can start another quilting project so it looks like you may not be getting those placemats before the end of the month, Older Grandson!
Linking up with Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday being hosted this week by Nat over at Made in Home.