This wonderful quilt was pieced over 4th of July week 2013. Read more about my quilting adventures that week here. Suffice it to say I ended up with this quilt that we pin basted together before my besties visit came to an end!...
My formal quilting started September 9 and I completed all the quilting November 3, 2013... so just under 2 months to hand quilt this baby!
The back is fun too... I added a zig zag across the upper middle of the back horizontally... you can see it on the hammock from the back here.
This quilt used bamboo & cotton mix batting that is super soft and shrinks like all cotton but was easy to quilt through as it is thin but drapes beautifully after it is washed (I just finished before this one... a quilt with the same batting the washing made ALL the difference!).
I hand quilted 3 lines diagonally on the colored fabrics in perle cotton white at the center line with 40 wt YLI white hand quilting thread on either side and used my John James needles (I like size 8 betweens :))
But I wasn't happy with how it felt where I had done all this quilting so I added more to the slanted one side and squared other side colored fabrics with a geometric zig zag like this...
Okay... now the truth... I wrote all the above while it was being washed and dried... twice!!!
I washed it the first time on cold gentle and dried lightly in the dryer. The second time however, I washed it on warm and used heat to dry! Wow is it lovely now :D and sooooo soft!!! I did use color catchers in both washes/dries but there wasn't much color absorbed... and the white stayed nice n bright! Check out this photo montage :)
Another cool fact about this quilt... my bestie finished and washed hers THE SAME DAY I did! Isn't that cool... so they were made together and "birthed" together and each are being loved by us! Love that :)
I plan to link this finish to:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict here
My Quilt Infatuation here
& Featured here
Richard and Tanya Quilts here
& Featured here
Kathy's Slow Stitching Sundays here
Sugar Bee Crafts here
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Have a blessed November... more on what we have been up to otherwise coming very soon!