I've got a finish to share today, and I'm pretty excited about this one. Actually, I think I say that about all my finishes! Really, what's not exciting about completing a project you've put your all into?!
This is a quilt of my own design. I started out sketching up a few ideas (graph paper is my number one quilt design tool) and soon settled on a layout that featured colour bands and a fun play between the positive and negative space. As you can see in the sketch below, I'd originally planned to do a dark background, but ended up inverting the white and navy.
It took some trial and error to figure out the best way to piece this block, so no guarantees that the cutting notes in this pic are accurate! It's a moderately time consuming block, but at the 18"x18" finished size it doesn't take many blocks to complete a nice sized quilt.
I decided to put my FMQ skills to the test on this quilt, although I did cheat and do the longer straight lines with my walking foot. I was heavily inspired by Longarmer and fellow Canadian Kathleen from Kathleen Quilts (@kathleenquilts). You must check out her work, it's brilliant!
The quilt is backed with an organic coral and white print, which contrasts nicely with the strong geometric piecing on the front. I really wanted to bring a gold metallic element into this quilt, so it's bound it Cotton + Steel Basics "Netorious" in Mixing Bowl The shimmer from the metallic lattice is perfect, and the minty green field colour is just a tint lighter than the Kona Celadon from the green blocks. When I ordered the binding fabric on line, I was nervous that those two greens would clash, so I was relieved to see how beautifully everything played together. In case you're curious, in addition to Celadon, the Kona solids used are Mustard, Creamsicle, Nectarine, Navy and White.
After much deliberation, I've decided that my favourite thing about this project is the quilting and that I pushed myself to do something that was perhaps a bit on the ambitious side. A close second is the colour palette, which is perfect for Spring.
This completes goal #1 on my Q2 FAL list!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday, and Sarah for TGIFF.