My lovely time with the Irish Chain Twist QAL came to an end on April 13. I’ve been waiting for the quilt parade to share my finish here. Do go take a look at the quilt parade on Melissa’s site. Everyone was so creative with their fabrics and quilting!
This QAL was well-planned and resulted in a quilt I absolutely love. Last time I posted (almost 3 weeks ago!) I had finished the flimsy and asked for some FMQ ideas. Thank you everyone who left me an idea. I really appreciate it. I played with all of your ideas and narrowed down my choice to what I thought my skill level could handle.
The first thing I did was enlarge and print a black and white copy of a picture of my quilt. Then I got to work doodling all over it.
I decided to stitch in the ditch the blue x-blocks, echo the petals and then straight line quilt the negative space around it, and then make a swirly/flower shape over the chain blocks. I like the contrast of staight lines with the curved appliqué and the curvey quilting with the square chain blocks.
Here is a close up of the finished quilt before I washed it. Once I washed it the FMQ became rather camera shy.
The stitch in the ditch was surprisingly viible from the back, while the other quilting disappeared into my backing fabric.
Here is the finished quilt after washing.
This quilt is now waiting for its new home. In a few weeks, it will be given to the special mom who stepped up to be team mom AND score keeper for my daughter’s softball team. My husband coaches, and I keep the scorebook- usually. This year I just couldn’t consistently be at softball because of the freshman baseball team’s practice and game schedule. When no one else came forward to keep score, this wonderful mom asked me to teach her how and sit with her when I could. She’s done a fantastic job and deserves some extra recognition and thanks.
Hope you’ve been working on something you love lately!