While this month really feels like it has whizzed by, the beginning of the month seems a long time ago. Anyway back then I set my goal for the month to finish my Retro Flowers quilt.
So I cracked on with it, it needed me to decide on a layout and then piecing, basting, quilting and binding.
The layout decision went well, I decided that however the blocks were placed they would probably look fine! I had enough Kona Snow in my stash to make all the borders which was a relief, it’s not always easy to get hold of here and I didn’t want to waste time waiting for fabric to arrive!
I had a rummage in my stash for a suitable vintage sheet for the backing and found one. Funnily enough I very nearly didn’t buy it when I found it in the charity shop, I just wasn’t sure about it, but now I’m delighted I bought it and the other one!
You can’t really see in that photo that this has a lovely flower and a soft stripe on it:
I felt a bit desperate over how to quilt this, I wanted to get it done but I don’t have the skills to FMQ it and I didn’t think straight lines would work this time. So I went with a spiral, I used Kerry’s brilliant tutorial on quilting a spiral and it worked a treat. Well, I say that but something went awry. While the quilt was well basted once I started quilting towards the edges I noticed that the fabrics were getting bunched up. Rather than tear my hair out I stopped, unpinned, smoothed the layers out again and rebasted. This worked, fortunately I had left a 2″ of backing fabric all the way around the quilt so the movement that I had wasn’t disastrous.
The binding fabric was pulled from my vintage sheet stash, I pulled 2 out and chose a dark pink geometric one:
I finished this quilt a year after I started it, that’s a long time for me, but I’ve really enjoyed it. I think that with all the curves it was good to not rush it but to pick it up when time allowed.
I am delighted that this is another tick on my Finish Along list.
Pattern: Retro Flowers by Sometimes Crafter
Fabrics all from my vintage sheet stash and Kona Snow
Wadding – Super-Soft 70/30 Eco-Blend by Sew Simple
Quilting – Spiral by me on my Janome Horizon
Size – 60″ x 60″ approx
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