For your viewing pleasure, here is my strip quilt (which I did not like making, LOVE the way it turned out and quite honestly, like the back better than the front):
|The quilting on the front adds loads of texture but can't really be seen, except in that black border :)|
|This is a close up of the back, never mind those wool flecks :) I took this to show you the stitch quality I am getting with the Janome 8900 - freakin AMAZING! Those are curves and no, I was not going slow!|
|TA DA! This is the back, if it were my quilt, this would always be the front!! :)|
Size: About 65" x 70"
Fabric: Timeless Treasures Tonga Batiks Falling Leaves collection
Batting: Wool of course!
Thread: Two full spools of Superior Threads Butternut 40 Wt
What did I learn in making this quilt? First, I do not like making strip quilts. I absolutely love the look. Do not like the process one little bit.
Second, if your gut tells you that the back should be a front - go with it :)
Third, if your gut tells you to remove those borders, remove the borders. I actually could have gotten away with just removing one side. I chose not to. I was then going to add another layer of batting in the border - do a little creative tapunto ;), but I didn't. It was slow going on one side but the design in both borders made it almost painless and wrinkle free :)
Fourth, there is a reason quilting 101 says to measure the width and length of the quilt and cut borders accordingly. . . I am now sheepishly grinning and red faced because here is another confession. . . I have never not once done it and have never had a problem. . . . now I know. And I'm never making another quilt with a border ;) haha
I am now off to sandwich
Linking up with Finish it Up Friday, TGIFF, SewJo Saturday and maybe a few more ;)
Until next time, keep on quilting!