After making so many drawstring bags, I started itching to work on a quilt project over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, I pulled out Orange Crush. After a lot of back and forth on whether I wanted to add a border to the top or not, I auditioned some Kona White and Kona Bone as a simple border for the top. The pure white was too bright, but the bone looked really good against all the orange. Because I worried about how well I would be able to maintain the points of the diamonds on the edge of the quilt after quilting, squaring, and binding, I decided to go ahead and put on a simple 3″ wide border around the top. I do like how it frames out the bright orange and gives definition to the edges and points of the diamonds. As I plan to bind it with a bright orange, I think the border was the right choice to break things up a bit. With the border, the pieced top measures 62.75″ by 62.75″.
Next, I took all the remaining orange strips (which happened to all be in the darker orange colorway) and pieced them together. I then subcut the strip into quarters and pieced together a long chain of orange stripes to use for a pieced backing. On Sunday, as I was getting ready to finish piecing the backing, I realized that I do not have any batting large enough for this quilt on hand. My local quilt store is closed on Sunday and Monday, so I did not plan this out very well, did I? Oh well. It did not take long to finish piecing the backing together, and I think I am really going to like both sides of this quilt. I currently have 15 hours of work put into this project, and I am estimating it will take me another 9-10 hours this week to quilt and bind it.
In terms of quilting, I am going to use an orange variegated thread for the top and an off-white/cream thread for the back. I am planning on making spirals that start in the center of each diamond and grow outwards, overlapping on the edges. We’ll see how well that works out…
Mondays and Fridays are usually my busiest and least productive sewing days. My list of things to do around the house was 11 deep this Monday morning, and I have to admit that I feel a lot less guilty spending time at my sewing machine during the rest of the week knowing that I have already taken care of so many things around the house. Speaking of which, I guess it is time to put off my procrastination and cross the last (and least favorite) item off of my Monday list: vacuuming.
I know where I will be on Tuesday morning at 9am: buying batting as soon as my LQS opens!