Friday, June 10, 2016

Let It Go

This one has been done for awhile but I was waiting for some water for the photoshoot:-)  When I was finishing up my Keeping It Together Again quilt I found a set of extra 9 patch blocks.  I'm really not in to batiks these days and wanted to pitch the whole lot but my inner-hoarder couldn't let them go.   I decided as a compromise with myself that I would use the blocks to make a charity quilt and then I could donate the rest of the fabrics.  I had a large piece of the stripey blue fabric but in the end it turned out I was one block short for the intended layout.  Not to be thwarted I made a 4 patch for the center block and went with it.

This was a great quilt for more free-motion swirly practice.  I quilted this at the BostonMQG retreat, the perfect post-cocktail hour project:-)  

I got some great new tips on blocking quilts from Meadow Mist Design and the amazing Caro of Splityarn that I tried out on this one and I got to use my new giant ruler that I won.  I usually run a basting stitch around the edges of my flimsy before I baste the layers together but I think from now on I'll take another pass around the edge when the quilting is done to hold everything together before throwing it in the washing machine.

I am happy to report this has been delivered to someone who will actually appreciate it and my studio is now batik free:-)  As Amanda Jean says, "It's all just fabric"!  How do you break up with fabric you no longer love?

Hanging around at this week's Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Quilt Stats:
Finished quilt is 38" x 54"
Fabrics: Assorted batiks from stash.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient Bamboo.
Thread: King Tut Suez (#915).


  1. This is just's soothing just to look at it!

  2. Those are beautiful colors. Perfect setting for the photos.

  3. Congratulations on finishing this! Love the picture from the retreat! Great dock pics too! SO, do you wash your quilts before putting the binding on? Please share blocking tips! Funny about batiks. I just made a little pillow with batiks and am reminded how nice they feel. Batiks sew up and press nice and crisp. I don't think I would every mix a batik with other quilting cotton (although I suppose one could) so I too have reduced my batik stash to essentially nothing.

    1. Thanks, Kathy!!! I'll try to do a blog post on how I block when I finish my next quilt but yes, I wash it and block it before I trim the edges and add the binding.

  4. I'm not a big fan of batiks either, but this one and the other one you made have such a soft pretty look that really works, great swirl quilting also!