I’ve been working steadily on my UFO pile and I’m excited to show off a new finished quilt! Also, I’ll be sharing a series of confessions, so there’s that to look forward to.
Sooooo, I started this quilt maybe 4 years ago, back when I hadn’t made but maybe one or two quilts. Fortunately this pattern is super easy to put together and looks great with any fabric line! The pattern is called Random Reflections and it’s on the Moda site as a free pattern.
Confession #1: This quilt has been sewn and half quilted for four years. I’ve moved it three times . . . half quilted. So pitiful. :)
The fabric is Ruby from Bonnie and Camille – which I just adore! Well, everything by Bonnie and Camille is pretty amazing. But the colors in this line are so bright and fun!
I made mine a little longer than the pattern, I wanted a rectangular quilt instead of a square.
Confession #2: (this is a “What Not to Do” confession) When I started the quilting, I had only quilted one other quilt. I knew I wanted straight lines, but I didn’t want to do free motion straight lines – that seemed a lot harder. So I quilted it with the regular presser foot and the feed dogs up.
That results in the lovely “knitted” quilting pattern you see here – totally not what you want when you do straight line quilting.
You can see that the fabric pulls each way as you turn the quilt, so it makes a little diagonal design in the quilting. You can really see it on the seams.
I went ahead and quilted the last half the same way, I thought it would look odd to have half quilted a different way. But despite all that, I still love it! I love the fabric, the pattern and I love that it’s finished. :) And now that it’s washed up, it’s all crinkly and comfy and cute.
Oh – and the back! I made the back with fat quarters and one strip of fabric. I love how colorful it is!
So, I have another finished quilt – yay! On to the next!!
I’d love to know – have you had any quilting mishaps like this??
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I would hardly call that a mishap; it looks lovely and intentional. In fact, I was wondering how you got that look of waves and I may use it in one of my designs.
I still haven’t finished the second quilt I started – and I’m talking decades ago here. A group of us did a fabric swap and my original intention was to make panels for a room divider. When I couldn’t figure out how to make that work, I sewed the panels together for a quilt. Unless I meet a basketball player who wants a quilt that is mainly purple on the pieced side and entirely white on the other, it may never be finished. I’m calling it The Albatross.
I think it’s fab to be a little Quirky! The quirkiness really works. Keep up the good work!
Hi Bev-I love it! You can’t go wrong with this beautiful fabric. Like you, I have learned to just “go with it” when unintentional random things happen in quilting!
Terry M says
Love the fabric and the quilting! I also have made one or two quilts, I have one right now that is begging for straight line quilting. The vintage look is technique gives is wonderful!
Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade says
I adore it! That fabric line is beautiful (but Bonnie & Camille usually is!), and I actually think the wavy “knit” quilting looks fantastic! Great job, Bev! ♥
love it Bev and good for you for finally finishing it! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!
Pale Blue Corner says
I think that quilting looks great, call it a feature and not a bug :)
Janet Vinyard says
Hi Bev, I think the finished quilt is lovely! The colors are so pretty! Well done! Blessings, Janet
Kathi Riemer says
Your quilt is adorable. It really looks amazing for a first, or second, or 5th quilt. The quilting adds interest and texture. I love Bonnie and Camille too.
The first quilt I made I hand quilted. The second quilt I finished last year I “machine quilted” which means I sewed through all the layers with my pressed foot and feed dogs engaged like normal!! I think I need to hunt down a tutorial on machine quilting ASAP. One persons mishap is another’s lesson!! Oh my.