I'm really in love with this finish, and it's so nice to have a post for TGIFF!
(By the way, TGIFF will be hosted here next week, so if you're on the verge of a complete finish, get it whipped up so you can report it next Friday and link up!)
Scott helped me catch some shots a bit ago with the early morning frost still on the hills behind us.
"Fall All Around" is the Quilting By The Bay version of the 2011 Patchwork Party quilt, but my kit remained untouched until this year.
This was one of my "17 in 2017" list items. It finished at 86 x 96", and I used the Hobbs Tuscany washable wool, which I pre-shrank as my fabrics were all pre-washed.
The only change I made was to round off the cream corners when I added the final border, and I just placed the feature blocks however they wanted instead of paying attention to how they were arranged on the original rendition.
I am a stickler for details, so a backing made from the pretty plaid in the collection would not have made me happy unless I matched up all the cross lines when I pieced it. That wasn't something I felt like doing at the time, so I made a central strip using left-overs from my 1/4 yard bundle. (The yardage I used does not have a brown read, like the camera sees outside, but a very green read like the detail shot a couple photos down.)
This was the 6th quilt on my longarm machine. I used a gold Glide thread, size 40, which has a really nice sheen that approaches a metallic gleam in this tone. The sheen of Glide is not my personal favorite in thread (being a cotton, tiny-weight lover), but it went very nicely with this quilt.
I used the Urban Elementz pantograph, "Utopia - petite," and really like that one. I'm sure it will be a staple for fall quilts, or garden-y ones with its pretty scroll-tipped leaves. It's moderately dense work-wise - took 14 1/2 Magna Glide bobbins (L size) for this quilt. You can see how it played out for a confident beginner:
By the way, the fabric collection in this quilt is "Bittersweet" by Nancy Halvorsen, put out by Benartex. It is absolutely gorgeous in real life, with a glow in the prints that totally captures that magical look of fall colors in a pretty afternoon sunlight. It's not metallic or anything, just has phenomenal magic of color play. I have enough fabric left to make pillowcases, but I need to figure the math for making that kind in a king size.
Note to self: This is the shot wherein you can see dots of Canadian Geese on the tiny background strip of golden knoll on the right of the shot, 1/3 down, if you zoom it in. :)
TGIFF at Celtic Thistle Stitches
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Meridithe's 17 in 2017