I am letting you know right now that this is a picture laden post!
But having spent a year piecing the blocks, MANY back-breaking long days standing at my longarm and a few late nights hand sewing the binding so I could write about the finish today, you can bet I am going to share every square inch of this quilt with you!
As soon as I saw Julie's (Jaybird Quilts) Park Bench quilt, it went right onto my Bucket List of quilts. I love big bold blocks and this is one showy pattern!
By chance, I spied the kit on Craftsy for a really ridiculous price and instantly purchased it. I think Julie did such a perfect job putting together this quilt, I just couldn't see how I could make it any better so I made it just like hers.
(Unfortunately, the kit is no longer available but Craftsy does have Julie's Gravity quilt kit and the rulers - which are brilliant by the way!)
I spent almost all of 2015 sewing up the hexagon blocks. My goal was to sew up about two blocks a month. That would leave me plenty of time tin the year to finish up the pieced background for the quilt top.
I finished up the flimsy around the end of January - right on schedule!
I had been reserving a large chunk of time in my February schedule to squeeze in this quilt between my client quilts. I wanted to give it the custom quilt job it deserved.
Prior to quilting, I did re-watch Angela Walters Craftsy class Dot to Dot Quilting. If you want to try some of the quilting seen on my quilt, she does a great job walking you through the process.
This border was totally inspired by the class.
My goal on the quilting was to quilt each element differently. I may have repeated designs but made slight changes so I could create a different look. I also didn't want the quilting to be too dense. While it is dense in a few areas, overall I wanted a cuddly quilt.
I loaded the quilt sideways on my frame and quilted an entire column of hexagons before moving the quilt. I did use 5 different colors of thread on this quilt so there were a fair number of thread changes.
This first block in the middle column is one of my favorites.
This orange and blue one makes me smile too. I started quilting the orange diamonds and decided I didn't like how I quilted the first one so I made a slight change on the rest. Unlike a client quilt, I don't have to pick out that first diamond. :)
And here are the last two blocks on the middle column.
If you were ever wondering what the view is like from underneath a longarm here you go. After a long day of quilting, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get back up off the floor.
It was a good thing I had my phone!
Starting on the third and final column of blocks.
I am still meeting my goal of coming up with unique designs.
I like this block too. Simple designs are sometimes the best!
Just the final border to go!
And here it is - Fresh off the Frame!
Here is a picture of the back. I have to admit it looks pretty cool. Sometimes, I do piece my backing to use up fabrics but for custom quilting, I suggest just a single fabric so you can see the detail. I used an orange crosshatch fabric for mine. Enough pattern to hide the areas I back stitched but simple enough to let the quilting shine.
I will definitely be snuggling with this one tonight!
This finish was one of my first quarter goals for the 2016 Finish A Long. I still have two more to get through!
Crazy Mom Quilts (Finish it up Friday)
A Quilted Passion
Sew can she
A Quilter's Table (2016 FAL)
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