by Lesly / Friday, 21 May 2010 / Posted in neutrals quilt
I'm so happy I could finish the neutrals quilt in time for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival, as well as listing it as a Sew-n-Tell Friday finish! Heartiest of thanks to everyone who gave me advice on the design and assembly of this quilt. The name of this quilt is Dunes - obvious, but too fitting to resist.
The quilt is going to my friend, Marcia, who moved to the U.S. to take up a new position. I miss her terribly. This is a belated housewarming present for her; it's small - only about 55" square - but I think it will be nice on her lap while she reads her murder mysteries. Marcia does research in mathematics disability; I chose the "math facts" fabric specially to honour her work. She doesn't know it's coming - I hope she will be surprised in a good way!
As you can see, I chose a tone-on-tone red for the back. When I asked for help in a previous post, there were so many different colour suggestions! I know each of them would have looked great with this quilt, since the hallmark of neutrals is that they go with anything! I had the fabric in my stash already, with no prior claim on it, and I decided to be economical, for a change.
I used a King Tut thread variegated in neutrals for the quilting. I'm not mad about the fact that the quilting shows through on the back, but what can you do? I really dislike the nylon thread option, and I could find nothing that would be mute on both the front and back. I think the quilting is decent, so it doesn't look as tacky as it might otherwise (I hope).
I chose a red and violet stripe for the binding, which I adore! I think it looks great against the neutral front!
I hope you don't mind closeups of some of the blocks. Since I'm giving it away, I like to have some photos to remind me of it once it's gone.
All through the process I talked about how I felt neutral about this quilt, and how I appreciated it intellectually but not emotionally. Guess what - now that it's all done and washed, I'm in love with it! I hope I can bear to send it on its way south of the border!