I finished my quilt top for the Naked Bed Challenge with only hours to spare. First I had to figure out what 5PM Australia Central Standard Time is in Madison, WI. Google is so helpful, I tell ya!
Anyhoo, I got some late night photos (think... 11:45pm) and uploaded them to Flickr shortly after midnight and sent an email off to Sarah. So I think I snuck in under the wire!
This was basically a random piecing exercise, but I was inspired by these quilts:
As well as several others I've seen floating around cyber-space. I decided to include solid print (oxymoron?) strips and 20 strips where there are two prints and a space between. I really like the stack-of-books style quilts and it would have been nice to have two large columns, but I decided to mix it up a bit.
As I mentioned, I used a really haphazard method of piecing. I had two Moda Scrap bags, which contain a variety of strips left over from cutting pre-cuts. So, they run along one selvage. I trimmed the selvages and each pieced measured about 30-31" with variable widths. I took a strip of Kona Bone (WOF) and sew both ends to both of the ends of Fandango strip, creating a ring. Then I made a random cut on the solid and voila - one strip of the quilt.
It measures 72.5" x 80" and it is really just right for a full/double bed. Look how nice and not wrinkly it looks here...
I tried to take some daytime photos today, but lo and behold, the quilt is now creased and wrinkled from being folded overnight and most of Monday. I cannot win!
In retrospect, this method of piecing was a bit nutty and I should have trimmed each strip individually. As it was, I had to square up the quilt after I had all the strips attached to one another.
I don't recommend that method with a quilt this size :)
|We had to turn the air conditioning off for this (90+ degrees today!) - see the vent? Classy photo, I know!|
All in all, I'm happy with it. I'm contemplating the backing and maybe, just maybe, a piano key border?
Nah. :) Stick a fork in it. It's done.
I gotta crank some birthday presents out and start a new quilting project!