The subtle hint went along the lines of "big enough for our [large] bed" and "coastal colours". So I had free reign over pattern, so long as it was big. I came across a weekly block programme by Barbara Brackman called the Jane Austen Family Album quilt. I quite enjoy a Jane Austen read, though mostly, TV adaptation, and the background that came with each block was fascinating. I love the variety of a sampler quilt, and the blocks were 12" finished so created a large quilt quickly. Perfect!
The fabrics are Sweet Serenade by Basic Grey for Moda. It's not a "me" fabric range, but I really liked it (I've stashed three metres of one print for quilt backing!). It has blue, like the sea; the terracotta is reminiscent of the cliffs around where they live, and the music notation couldn't be more perfect!
Sashing is my least favourite part. I did it row at a time - one row per nap. Then basting. I took over the church hall floor as the only space large enough. Three years ago, nearly to the week, I basted a quilt of a similar size in the same way and felt dreadful afterwards - exhausted. Two weeks later I got a positive pregnancy test. I assumed the one was related to the other. But this quilt left me feeling just as exhausted and I can assure you I am not pregnant. Turns out basting king size quilts is just simply exhausting.
Two days of fighting it through my mother-in-law's machine (both of mine are refusing to free motion quilt at the moment) and it was quilted. An all over stipple in Aurifil 40w cream. With numerous thread breakages. I wish I could free motion quilt on a machine that just works. I did the binding entirely by machine and it was finished!
I even labelled it - can you see?!
All through making this quilt, this was the picture I had in mind - with a little assistance from "willing volunteers" we even stopped it flying off into the sea!
This is a Finish Along finish and I can't wait to gift it! You can find my original FAL list here.