This time of year, it gets a little bit difficult for me to get my own quilts into my quilting queue. The smaller ones I can squeeze in here and there but the bigger ones usually have to take a back seat to my client quilts.
So when I blocked out a portion of my schedule to spend time setting up my new computer, I thought I would sneak my Summer Solstice quilt onto my frame. So today, not only do I get to share my finished quilt with you, but writing this post is taking far less time then waiting for my last PC to limp along while I hoped it didn't crash mid post!
The weather here has been stormy and very wet so getting photos has been challenging. I finally decided to just move my longarm out of view and pin my quilt onto one of my larger design boards. This quilt certainly is an explosion of color!
This quilt was made using the Summer Solstice Quilt Along design by Melissa over at Happy Quilting. Rather than have all one background, I decided to use both a teal and a turquoise. I really like the depth it gave to the blocks.
I really wanted the quilting to direct the eye and accentuate some of the alternate patterns going on in the quilt. So I went with a lot of straight line and matchstick quilting.
Here is a view from the back. As you can see, I used the same teal thread on both the top and in the bobbin. I am not one that worries too much how the back looks - I want to only see lovely stitches on the front and the slightest tension issue that reveals the slightest bit of bobbin thread on the top drives me crazy.
Here is one more photo. I love its bold design and intense colors.
This one will be going directly into my personal collection!
(I hear a great sigh of relief from my family...)