I did have some happy time in the past year even though it sure has been a rollercoaster. This quilt was at the Bainbridge Quilt Festival two weeks ago and it is currently hanging at the NW Quilt Expo. Update: Kathy Dwyer, President of the BIMQ took the above photo. It is actually really hard knowing that this is hanging in public. It makes me feel really exposed as a weirdo, but I guess most of you already knew that! I took this photo in the early morning shadowy light and I’d love a better quality photo if anyone has one.
This is a really strange quilt but it was really fun to make. There are even some scraps on the front and one on the back that came from Noelle’s scrap bag at the fall retreat Seattle Modern Quilt Guild retreat last year. Deborah Fergusson and Martha Peterson also pieced the center “medallion” based on the Improv Round Robin workshop we took with Sherri Lynn Wood at Quiltcon and the Improv Bullseyes workshop I took with Amy Dame.
I got to try out long-arming on this behemoth quilt because I was never going to get a 90″ quilt under my home machine. I learned that I love long-arming, but free-motion work is time-consuming so I can’t just leave this quilt parked at my cousin’s forever, so I did in in two 3-5 hour sessions. This is pretty hasty for quilting but it was still really fun and now the quilting is just as eclectic as the piecing! I rushed the binding on this as usual and it shows, but I used the new Alexia Abegg netting fabric from Cotton + Steel and the weight and the color worked out really well.