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October 28, 2010

MQG Retreat: Project #5 - Basted Modern Meadow Quilt


The last time you saw this quilt in early September, I'd just finished the top. And I know I said I was gonna get the finished quilt to my friend before cold weather arrived (which is pretty early in NYC)....but life got in the way. I'm really bad about taking too many things on at once, ya know? My new goal is to have it to her by Thanksgiving. Maybe it's just me, but I kinda crack up whenever I'm working on this quilt, because I can't help but think about how I'll be mailing her the most Springtimey quilt in the universe in the middle of winter. It's almost a little smug, like "hey...here's a Spring quilt to constantly remind you just how long it'll be til you see sunshine again...in your face!"


And I apologize for being too lazy to trim the excess batting before I took photos. This was toward the end of the retreat and my tank was running on fumes. Seriously. I usually only allow myself one Coke a week, but I probably drank enough to fuel a rocket to the moon last weekend. I tip my hat to you Cherry Coke. I don't think I would've been able to function without you...because coffee is nasty...well done, sir.


I'm pretty excited about the back. I find some of my best ideas are born from the ashes of my stupidity. I don't know what I was thinking, but I was going to do the back in a solid piece of AMH's River Rock Voile. But instead of ordering enough yardage to sew two pieces together to cover the width of the quilt, I ordered just enough to cover the length. So naturally, I go to lay my fabric on the quilt top so I can cut enough length, and I realize the fabric is a foot too narrow. Yeah...I really screwed the pooch on that one. I think my mind got confused because I was like "oh, the voiles are wider so it's all good" (because they're 54" instead of 44"), but even 54" was nowhere near the width I needed. I have no explanation. Sometimes I just have to accept that I have moments of complete and utter madness.

So here was my thought process: 1) I'm too cheap to order more $15/yard fabric for the back, 2) I have yardage of all the Little Folk voiles, 3) Why don't I piece some of those coordinating voiles in a strip down the back?

And you know what? I LOVE it. I wish I'd thought of it from the beginning and saved myself the mental pants-kicking from the "not enough fabric" fiasco. I love how it's a "solids" interpretation of the front...I almost feel like it's not the back but another side of the quilt....like it's reversible or something....or variations of the same theme - one solid, one printed.

I hope you guys like it too! I wish you could pet the voiles through the screen, because they're almost like silk. So soft and cool to the touch! Ahhhh....

I don't relish the thought of quilting this because I'm afraid the voile will bunch and pucker easily, but it was too perfect not to use for this project. My friend is a snuggle bunny and loves quilts, but she gets hot very easily. I thought the voile would be cooler and more breathable for the back than regular quilting cotton. I'll let you know what she reports back in a few months ;) 


Happy almost Friday!

1 comment:

  1. Great "rescue" story! I always enjoy hearing about how crafters turn their "mistakes" into wonderfulness, just with a bit of creativity!

    It looks great!

    ~ Meagan

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