I've been working so studiously on my thesis research, new apartment decorating and log cabin quilt ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=295822.msg3366950#msg3366950
) that I nearly forgot my brother's birthday. His ex-gf somehow took the last quilt I made him, so this one needed to be very personal and gf-proof . . .
The nearly finished quilt (I pulled an all-nighter before a 6 a.m. bus to hometown, but didn't have time to bind it with royal blue 1/2" binding)
The outline of each square and a 3 inch square within that outline are quilted in yellow. The finished size is about 42" square.
Closeup of the fabrics for detail
Each fabric was cut into 1 1/2" strips and sewn randomly to form a new fabric, either yellow or blue. If you're planning on using this sort of technique, press the new fabric very carefully to avoid distorting it, and avoid pulling the cut shapes while sewing them together to prevent the cut seams from spreading apart.
Then, HSTs were cut and sewn, and I played around with settings:
In case yellow and blue (his favorite colors) weren't clear indications that the quilt was to belong to him and no one else, I backed it with ratchets and wrenches
He loves it
. He's an architect and bike aficionado who's rehabbing his first house completely by himself at the moment. Loves clean lines and bright colors, hates flowery prints. I don't have pictures of the finished quilt (with binding), but the binding really makes it--and should look great against the bright yellow walls he plans to paint.
I had never been comfortable using a thimble before this quilt, but now I can't imagine quilting without it! My fingers are really long, and it took me a while to figure out a comfortable position, but it has made my stitches so much neater and I can work for longer periods. This is also the first quilt that I've used any needles smaller than sewing sharps . . . I dropped down to a size 10 between, and I've seen the light
Hard to believe I've made myself suffer so much on queen+ size quilts before these revelations.