Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Beginning Quilt in Progress: Top is done!

My quilt top is done!  But the journey ain't over.  I'm devoting as much energy to planning a scrappy-pieced back, and think I would love horizontal stripes of the Amy Butler Midwest Modern I intended for the 6-inch border top that I mis-cut:(  But that saved me the headache of aligning the trees on the other orange fabric.  I would also like to place those stripes in a sea of tangerine for the back.  Then there's the quilting of the sandwich to consider.  Loops and squiggles or stippling on the polka dot fabric?  Circles on the plain yellow squares and lime green border to echo the polka dots?  Traditional cross hatching on the lotus print squares?  And I don't want the stitching to compete with the vibrant colors of the fabric--the tangerine hue is much brighter than what's depicted in this iPhone photo.  I'm already calling it "Happy" because this quilt evokes Pharrell Williams' song (yeah gotta sew a label too).  OH AND THE TASK OF QUILTING the sandwich.  Do I attempt this lap quilt on my own home sewing machine because I've already bought a walking foot and was planning to buy a hopping foot?  Or go ahead and take a long arm quilting class and learn how to use a Gammill?  Stay tuned!

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