Joyfully sharing my quilting journey and other bits and pieces that make up daily life.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Roll Roll Cotton Boll Love!
RRCB completed top
Oh my! I really like the look of this quilt top. I am so happy with the way it has turned out. At first I was a little concerned that I had used such a mish mash of pinks from barely there pale pinks to magenta to hot hot hot pink and as I was putting it together I was having a few misgivings. I kept thinking that I was too liberal with my neutral selections and that my greens were incompatible and on and on I went. Now that it is together I can truly say I love it - thank you Bonnie Hunter! I learned a lot making this quilt top. For instance, I couldn't understand why we were instructed to sew the inner border strips together on an angle (like binding) and pressing them open until I was sewing it to the string blocks. I then realized that there were already so many seams from the string blocks that we didn't need to add more to the mix. This quilt top is far from perfect, I have a few little poofy areas because when I was sewing the blocks together I must have been stretching/easing them together to make them fit and my vertical/horizontal seams don't all align absolutely perfectly but I am okay with that. Once it is quilted and washed it won't be noticeable. I also a had a little bit of trouble when I added the corners to the outer border. In the instructions, Bonnie warned to make sure we had lots of overhang when we added the borders so that we wouldn't lose our corners from the inner border. I thought I had left enough but only one corner turned out correctly - lesson learned. I am not going to change it because I think it looks charming. This was the first mystery quilt I have ever made (and the most challenging) and it will be staying with me! Now I just have to layer, baste and quilt it.