Friday, August 8, 2014

Notting Hill Mistress

When Joel Dewberry's Notting Hill line came out a couple years ago, I fell in love. It was the first, and so far since, fabric line where I loved each colorway and each print. All of it.

I had to have it.
I had to make a quilt out of it.
For me.

So, I bought FQs and a few half yards and then I pondered what to make. And pondered, and pondered. I wanted to show off the fabric and everything I thought of was not appealing to me. I just couldn't bring myself to cut the fabric.  A year of pondering later, I finally decided I didn't need to cut it. That patchwork would be perfect! Someone will need to explain to me why this light bulb took so long to turn on one day.

I cut 10" squares, placed them and
Keeping to the concept of showcasing the fabrics, I quilted diagonal lines in each square. They are about 1.5" apart.

I bound the quilt in an orange polka dot and then set about looking for a place to photograph it. I love this quilt It had to be a perfect spot.  Of course, I couldn't find one for a while until I remembered that I had 40 acres of beautiful, raw land and it should work.  (fyi, I used Aurifil 50wt white thread on the top and Bottom Line cream on the back. I'm going to brag a bit on myself here, too. This quilting is done free motion and without a stitch regulator! Whoa, I feel good now that I look closely at it.)

I first took it out at my neighbor's place where one of the horses promptly rubbed his head all over it. I am a sucker, I just let him (of course, it was the back of the quilt so I wasn't too concerned about it getting dirty before the photos).
After I washed it and it got all crinkly, I hung it again on the frame for our fire pit.

I just love this quilt and it's mine, all mine!