Hello! Boy. This poor blog. Finding time to write here is really hard these days. But I want to share the other Christmas gift quilt I made last year. Little peeks of this one have shown up on my blog before, like where I raved about the quilt design wall I put up.
Like the Oregon quilt, I wasn't able to take pictures of this one before it was given away, so thanks to Abby for taking the pictures for me. I made eight zillion hourglass blocks in a whole rainbow of colors. (I wish I'd taken a picture of the fabric stack I pulled for this—it was so beautiful.)
Originally I'd planned to scatter the colors throughout the quilt randomly, but after trying that layout out, my friend Molly and I decided a gradient was much better. There's one mistake in the purple section; do you see it? I didn't until I'd pieced the blocks together. Oops! Oh well, it adds character.
Like the other quilt, I used Kona Ash as the background and a patchwork strip on the back. I bound it in a bright turquoise polka dot print. I super love the binding!
The quilting is definitely my favorite part of this quilt. I outlined each background triangle in pearl cotton thread in the same color as the block. It was seriously a lot of work, but so so worth it. (Pardon the cat hair in the photos; my sister and I each have two, so it's inevitable.)
As with nearly all of my other quilting supplies, I ordered the threads online. Turns out, orange is a hard color to get right! My first batch of threads had two oranges, neither of which I liked. It actually took 3 separate orders from 123stitch.com till I was happy with all my color selections.
I also signed the back of this with a little bit of embroidery, but Typepad isn't cooperating as I try to upload the picture, so you'll just have to use your imagination. I love, love, love this quilt and am so pleased with how it turned out.