Tuesday, May 8, 2012

my finished Stitch quilt

I finally finished my quilt with the gorgeous fabrics that Betz White sent me from her Stitch line. It took longer than I had expected, but I'm really pleased with the result. I went with a simple chevron or zig zag pattern, made out of lots of half-square triangles, and I arranged them so that the chevrons are running vertically, like I did with my Cosmic Burst quilt

The grey that I paired with the Stitch fabrics is Nugrey, one of the designer solids by FreeSpirit. I think it's a great match.

For the binding, I used one of Betz's fabric, but instead of cutting it along the width, I cut that print along the length, so the design would echo the zig zags in the quilt.

I originally quilted the top by just stitching on either side of each seam, for both the solid grey and the prints, echoing the shape of the chevrons. But, I felt that it needed more quilting, so I filled in all of the grey negative space with straight line stitching, but again, angled to echo the chevrons in the quilt top. It was kind of a challenge to do it, but I'm so glad I stuck with it because I'm really pleased with how it came out. For the quilting, I used Aurifil thread (my first time!) that was given to me by Traci from BigFork Cotton Company while she was in town for the International Quilt Festival last month, and I'll tell you more about that soon. 

Here's a shot of the entire front to give you a better look at it. 

And for the back, I used another one of my favorite prints by Betz for a large section, and then added more grey solid to finish it off. 

And I really love how the quilting looks on the back. See, totally worth all that trouble!!

Thank you again, Betz and Robert Kaufman, for sending me some of your gorgeous fabrics to play with. I had a lot of fun with them, and my little boy has already claimed this quilt as his own! For more information on Stitch, please visit Betz's website

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