Monday, February 18, 2013

Made In Cherry QAL - Finished!

Back at the end of 2011, Chelsea at Pins and Bobbins hosted a QAL called Made in Cherry.  We started cutting in Jan. 2012 and I had a top completed in Feb. 2012. You can see a post about the making of the top here.

Then it sat until Feb. 2013 where I decided it was time to get this thing quilted.

So, I remeasured the top because it looked way too long with the added white borders.  I was right. WAY too long. I pulled them off, left the colored square borders and loaded her up to quilt.
Knowing there was a lot of empty space, I wasn't sure what to do when I started but decided to start and just go with it.  I decided to do some straight line quilting in the open white space except in 2 of the triangles where I quilted echoing triangles.
I added a looping border next to the blocked border and on the blocked border, it's even simpler. Just an X through each block.

I am pleased with it even though it was a chore to quilt. Why? Simply b/c as I committed to the design, I envisioned it looking like crap.  I didn't even look at it once off the frame for fear I'd never bind it.  Honestly, I felt that ambivalent about it.

However, I am nothing if not honest and knew I had to take photos and post them here.  Still unopened, I grabbed 2 kids, told them to hold it up on a 30 degree and windy day and snapped a couple photos.

And fell in love.  I love how the quilting looks. I still think I could have done things differently but I also really  like how I didn't do all four side triangles in triangle echo but only 2. I like how the borders show up.  I love the loopy star quilting in the star (sorry, didn't show it) and that it's loose enough of a meander that the star still pops when looking at it.
Is it just me or did I do alright on this one?  (Yes, shamelessly asking for a complement... I'll be okay if you don't give me one. LOL)

Cheers!
Beck

15 comments:

Barb said...

Your quilt is fabulous...and the quilting....wow!

Sue Daurio said...

It looks awesome. Funny I just recently finished my made in cherry too! It's all in the timing.

QuiltNut Creations said...

It is fabulous!! I absolutely love it! The quilting is wonderful.

Shevvy said...

You did good luv, the quilting works really well and I really like how the loopy border pops.

Sarah said...

It looks great Beck! The quilting really sets it off and the overall quilt is lovely! I wonder why you were ambivalent towards it? Good on you for finishing it. Things I feel like this about rarely get finished!

quilthexle said...

your quilting looks fab ! LOVE it - very clever design ideas. Congratulations !

Shay said...

I think the quilting looks fabulous! Your story proves its not over until the binding is done!

CityHouseStudio said...

What a fabulous quilt!!!
Your quilting is AMAZING!!!
Love it!

Kate said...

It's definitely a winner! Love all that straight line quilting!

Patricia Paquette said...

LOOOOVE it! Add it to the DONE pile!

Kay Lynne said...

That turned out really nice! I love the quilting!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

It's a stunner and was on my list to tackle (some day).

Elizabeth said...

It isn't just you. That turned out beautifully! Nicely done!

xo -E

quirky granola girl said...

your quilting is amazing! way to go!

Kirsten's Cooking said...

gorgeous - love the quilting on the white part! Great job :)