Red and White Snowball Challenge is complete! This was a very fiddly quilt, but I'm very happy with the end result. The dimensions are 58" x 72", made with 6" (finished) blocks.
As you see, I opted for the non-point option, and I think that was the right decision. I spent some time thinking about borders for the quilt, but in the end opted to go naked, as the book shows. I had already bought the backing, and was nervous about not having enough to accommodate borders.
The binding is a pale yellow with small red flowers that I'm using as background for another quilt. The back is Anna Maria Horner flannel. I am a flannel addict now, after the Wine Gums quilt and now this one. It's soooo soft and lovely, just perfect for a winter quilt.
And for this first time, I used a wool batting. The directions say machine wash and lay flat to dry. I haven't tried that yet, since I am waiting for a friend to deliver a box of Colour Catchers before I dare the wash with this red and white fabric. But the wool was lovely to work with - it makes for a higher loft than the bamboo/cotton that I've been working with, and there's not the same drape, as a result. I machine-sewed the binding (don't shoot me), but there were some places where it didn't catch properly on the back. So as I sat with the quilt on my lap, whipping down those little spots, it seemed to me that it was noticeably warmer than the Wine Gums quilt, which had a similar flannel back but was batted with bamboo. I'll keep updating with how I find the wool batting over time, since it seems that wool is less commonly used than cotton or bamboo these days.
I can't say that I'm mad for the loop-the-loop quilting that I did, but I think it's okay. I'm thinking about tying the quilt in the centre of those quarter-square triangles made when the blocks meet, but I'm not sure. It may be a case of less is more.
I had to name this quilt Red Hots. Do you remember these candies? I'm not sure you can still get them, although you can definitely get cinnamon hearts around Valentine's Day. I thought it was a perfect name for this warm and toasty quilt!
(Edited to add that I've linked this post to Amy's Sew-n-Tell Friday , now that we're all back in business for the new year!)