I’m really pleased to be able to mark my final long term WIP off my 2020 goals; my Modern Plus Sampler quilt is finished!
The air quality here continues to be atrocious, so no outdoor finish photos of the quilt. I have been suffering through a bit of depression; I could handle being home and only going to the grocery store for needed supplies. But for 7+ weeks I haven’t been able to go outside on my evening walks or even safely walk to my mailbox. There have been a few days with decent air quality, which have been welcomed reprieves, but by and large I feel like I have missed out on my ability to be outside and enjoy my favorite time of year. Enough belly moaning, let’s talk about this finished quilt!
The “background” and backing for the quilt are a Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton (Pudding), and after a first wash, the quilt is super soft, pliable, and cuddly. It didn’t want to adhere to my design wall after its first wash, so I used four pins at the top to get it to stay in place for a few photographs.
I used 50wt Aurifil 5003 (Wine) to free motion quilt a stipple. Stipple quilting was honestly one of the hardest motifs for me to learn when I began exploring free motion quilting. The entire time I quilt a stipple now I am thinking to myself “make a curve, partial curve, partial pebble, keep it round….” somehow that kind of mantra has helped me a lot. You can also get a closer look at how the print binding finishes and compliments the finish in the photo above. I opted to sew it on to the back and then attach it to the front by machine.
I had originally pulled all these colors thinking about my nieces, but they have a lot of quilts from their aunt. As providence would have it, I brought up the quilt in conversation with a friend, and so their neighbor is going to be receiving this quilt to hopefully be a comfort through some hard times.
And here’s a peak of the backing. This quilt is going to be so snuggly!
I thoroughly enjoyed the Modern Plus Sampler quilt along, which was hosted by my friends Cheryl (Meadow Mist Designs) and Paige (Quilted Blooms) and was in celebration of their book, Modern Plus Signs (I also made the Kaleidoscope Plus quilt from the book).
It feels great to mark of one of my big 2020 goals. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still have a few long term projects, but for the moment it’s only a hand quilting piece that I take with me when I travel. How are you progressing on your goals for the year?
Linking up with Finished or Not Friday.