Hand dyed and commercial cottons, machine pieced, machine quilted, hand embroidered. 76.5 x87.5".
What a difference Quilt As You Go has made in my quilting life.
I used flip and sew for most of it, and narrow connecting strips to attach the top, foot and side panels, and then flip and sew for the final border.
When I tried it out on the queen size bed I saw that it was just a tad short to tuck into the siderails, so after my afternoon nap I got up and sewed on the final borders. This required cutting the batting in long strips and zigzagging it onto the seam allowance where the borders were attached. Then I flipped the fabric over the batt and quilted three rows all around. The binding will be done today, but I was all out of steam when these photos were shot.
If I were to have to quilt this in one whole piece, instead of small sections, I doubt I would have gone for the fancy quilting in the solids. But it was easy to do in this size.
This should also be called Design As You Go, because not much was thought out ahead of time, and that added to the fun.
My newly fixed sewing machine is not totally fixed after all. It speeds up for no reason and then when I walked away to iron a seam it started sewing on its own! I will try a different repair guy and hopefully he'll solve the problem. I was holding my breath all day that I would be able to finish this quilt without the machine quitting on me. And I am seriously considering getting a back up machine, if only I can find one with 1. auto thread cutter, 2. knee lift, 3. fits the cut-out on my table. Is that asking too much?
We're gonna hafta get a bigger chair...
PS: Comparing cottons: Kona is heavier than the two I compared, with each thread in the weave a heavier thread, thus making the fabric more substantial. It also has more of a tendency to ravel, which for fusing which I do alot, it isn't so good.