It is such a satisfying feeling to finish a quilt! You might have noticed that it's not something I do every other week so it's cause for celebration! Yesterday, I finished the polka dotted flying geese quilt I started a few months ago.
This quilt resulted from a serindipitous moment in my studio. Some years ago, I bought a bundle of fat quarters of polka dotted fabric at a quilt show, just because I love dots and they looked so luscious, all bundled together. Like candy! I kept the bundle on my shelf where I could see it, because it just made me so happy to look at it. And about 3 years ago, when I went to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England, I discovered Oak Shott cottons -- gorgeous shot-cotton fabric made in the UK. I bought a small bundle of them too, a rainbow assortment. And I had that on a different shelf in my sewing room.
So a few months back, I was pulling fabrics for a project and happened to grab the polka dots off of the shelf in order to get a book behind them. I did the same with the shot cottons. So there they were, next to each other on my table, looking like they were meant to go together. After a flurry of triangle cutting, here we are.
I did a lot of doodling to figure out how to machine quilt this. I wanted to knock back the spaces between the geese, so you can see I landed on some straight line quilting. And it turned out that the geese triangles were too bumpy without any internal quilting so I did an internal triangle in each one. Once I block this it'll be nice and flat. (So I suppose it's not TOTALLY done. Blocking and the label. Still, I'm calling it done.)
There are big multicolored polka dots on the back, and I was happy that my local favorite quilt shop had Kaffe Fassett shot cotton in just the persimmon color I wanted for the binding.
Now, on to the next project!