This is "Winter Night", one of three 5" charm square quilts I brought to construct. I did not ever dream I would have 2 finished and bound, and the third top nearly done this winter!
I wrote a post about its construction here.
I did not pay as much attention to detail in the basting process as I usually do; I thought (mistakenly) that it was only 36.5" and the flannel backing was uber-clingy.... So I simply spread the layers flat, smoothing them all out, pinning around the inner border. Checked the back, and all looked good. Started to stitch in the ditch, checked the back. . . uh oh. Not looking so smooth. Unpicked quilting stitches, got a little basting spray in there, taped it down this time, smoothed. . . better. But not perfect, as my quilts usually are (as far as the basting process).
Moral of the story: always tape down the backing. Always spray or pin baste carefully. Never skimp to save time. Kind of a life lesson here, no?
Here is the back:
I didn't go crazy (I nearly did, with fanciful meandering feathers planned) because I wanted the piecing to show (I love the interplay of all the darks with a few lights - your eye just zings around the quilt), I was worried some tucks might happen in the backing, and I just wanted it done! I've been getting carried away, in a good way, with quilting the heck out of all my quilts lately, but once in a while it's good to simplify.
I love the back. It's "Bear Hugs", a flannel by Henry Glass I picked up on sale from Fat Quarter Shop. And the good news? No tucks whatsoever in the backing. The front has a few puckery spots, however, drat.
Here is my label, once again integrated into the backing fabric, and a part of that strip of leftover quarter-square triangle blocks and flying geese.
The quilt is named "Winter Night" in Another Bite of Schnibbles, and the charm square pack is Winter Rose fabric, so I didn't get creative with the name at all, as it was already perfect.
|Trying to get some light on the quilting|
In the borders I decided to incorporate the leaf motif in the purple fabric bought at Alma Sue's to further soften the lines.
The light was fading fast, so I tried to get an angle to show the border. I did a flowing leafy vine with a few curlicue vine-ish doo-dads here and there.
Because it's not too tightly quilted, the quilt is nice and soft and cuddly. I haven't washed this one or "Hidden in Plaid Sight" yet, but I will shortly and post pics of them all crinkled up.
What am I going to do with this baby? I'd thought of perhaps starting up an Etsy store, and these two might just go up for sale there. Not sure. I get so attached to them! This one also has a "sit-upon" purpose in my mind: I can take it with me when I teach Yin yoga. I like to sit on something fairly flat but with a little lift as it helps my knees and my hips open further.
Off to finish a bag I'm making for a special person.