Thursday, September 28, 2006
Loving the Love Beads (now that they're finished)
I started this quilt back in early August and was so excited about finally feeling confident with curves, but then was stymied by the quilting so I put it aside for a while. Anyone out there who is afraid of curves (including a few who commented on The Color Purple), making this quilt (and the Modern Quilt Workshop book) really helped me get over it! I got it out last weekend and decided enough was enough and finished up the quilting. The green background has a 1" diagonal grid (what was I thinking?), the 'strings' aren't quilted, and the beads themselves have a squiggly back and forth pattern on them. This is the first time I've used two different colored threads to quilt something.
I loved the layout in the in book for a twin sized quilt much more than the suggestions for a crib or lap quilt, so I modified the directions and made my circles 6.5" instead of 8.5" and placed the three strands of beads off center. The whole thing ended up at 39"x59".
Here's the fun backing fabric:
Not quite sure what I'll do with this quilt. It's a little big for baby-sized, too small for a twin.... I'll figure it out at some point!
On my to-do list for this weekend: finish the curtains for this window!