A finish, but not without a fight

Wallander is done done done! I’ve just scraped it in during the Finish A Long bonus week too.

At the start of April this is how much I had (about 10 blocks)…

So that’s pretty good right? It wasn’t without a fight though. When I got it out of the washer this morning and was clipping the threads whilst it was drying, I noticed something bad. The soluble thread bobbin had got mixed up with my Bottom Line (same colour, same thickness) and as a result six feathers were on the front but not on the back! I pulled the thread of and re-quilted them. I’m just hoping that’s all that has been affected.

Binding was a lot better using this method of facing the edges, rather than bagging it out for invisible sides like I did with Mr Fry. No shifting and a bit of hand sewing for in front of the TV too. Happy stuff. Will definitely be using this, probably all the time now, I think a lot of my quilt designs in my notes benefit from not having borders and visible bindings. Binding is not my favourite thing and the corners were a bit tricky, but then I find standard mitring of the corners difficult anyway 😉

Size – 50″ x 80″
Number of blocks – 94 paper pieced 5″ x 8″ units plus a couple of reverse appliqué circles for interest.
Time to piece – 22 hours approx
Time to quilt – 12 hours approx (home machine)
Fabric – Kona Solids (Peridot, Sienna, White and Juniper), Bella Solid Pistachio, Amy Butler Solids Copper and Riley Blake Avignon Houndstooth in Orange.
Backing Fabric – A couple of different Ikea prints from a year or so ago, but still available now. Thicker ones- not fun to work with but good for picnic blanket bottoms!
Binding Fabric – Some more of the of £5 vintage bedsheet that I used to back Rain Deer Limbo.
Threads – Piecing and green feathers: Aurifil Cotton 40, detail quilting: Superior Threads Kimono Silk in Ramen, Bobbin: Superior Threads Bottom Line in Champagne. And not forgetting the soluble thread I used for basting, evil stuff.
Batting – Cheap polyester stuff- got a big piece from LQS for less than a tenner.
Quilting- First attempt at feathers for inside the diamond shapes, simple back and forth lines horizontally and vertically alternating for spaces in-between.

Just got to get a sleeve on this thing now and post it for the Festival of Quilts, unless I decide to take it to the Retreat first? 

she can quilt

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