It's finished. FINALLY! And I don't think I'm going to do it justice in this post. I learned SOOOOOOO much doing this quilt.
The biggest thing I learned was not really about quilting so much but about myself. And I've known this somewhat already but it was totally reinforced. I AM NOT A RISK TAKER! If I haven't done something before I procrastinate doing ANYthing because I don't want to mess it up. That's part of the reason this quilt has been TWO years in the making. Really, if you added up the amount of time I spent on it, it's probably only about a really full week, not doing anything else. If you count all the time I spent hemming and hawing over it and thinking about it, it's totally a 2 year quilt!
Some things I did for the first time on this quilt:
- Put together blocks that other people sewed. There was some trimming and fixing to make them all the same size.
- Mitered corners for the window pane effect (that I'm not even really sure works).
- Free-motion quilting on my machine. This is the first quilt I've ever done the whole thing on my machine. (With the exception of a few block's I did at Kim's - who by the way, now has a BLOG!!!)
a little stippling,
a lot of loop-de-loops, (which I think hides more mistakes)
and I even tried my own pattern of leaves, trying to convey the birds in a tree idea. But this design was trickier and I only did a couple like that.
There are a few things that I would do differently if I had it to do over.
- I used a varigated green Gutterman thread. I love the thread, and I think it looks great on the back, but because of all the white in the blocks, some of the dark green REALLY shows my mistakes.
- I would scrap the shadow paned idea, since I don't think it really worked.
Sometime last summer I took a poll on how I should bind it. I took many of your suggestions and went with the Amy Butler Full Moon Dots in Cherry. And I LOVE it! And I really have learned to love hand-stitching down a binding. And Burt's Bees Shea Hand Repair cream works just as well as beeswax or thread heaven to condition your thread. In case you don't have the other two in the car with you but have some lotion in your purse!
My new goal: start and finish a couple quilts in a few months instead of a few years. But, oh yeah, I have another top I made 2 summers ago. I'm going to get on that.
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