Wednesday, 1 February 2017

APQ Resolution [My Small World]

January's APQ Resolution project was number 6. For me that was My Small World designed by Jen Kingwell. Here you can see it at the start of the month. I'd finished quilting the sky and started on the rest of it.


And here it is today. It isn't finished, but I feel like I've made some really good progress: most notably I've bound it. This makes it a bit more manageable to continue hand quilting it. I picked the dark binding - Architextures cross hatch in black and grey by Carolyn Friedlander - to act as a frame to control the riot of colour in the quilt and I think it works.


There is still quite a bit of quilting to do in the middle section but the end is in sight now, so I'm hoping I get there soon and don't just shove this project back in the cupboard. I may have ordered some more quilting cottons to help keep interest in this project alive! In my defence, they are the same cottons I use for all my embroidery including the #1yearofstitches! I use #16 Finca perle cotton for all my hand quilting and most of my embroidery - it's a similar thickness to 2 strands of DMC embroidery thread, and it isn't too prominent but still chunky enough to justify "big-stitch" quilting.


You may remember, if you've read my blog for a while, that I didn't like this quilt. I loved piecing it but thought that the final result was a bit "meh" - I think that whilst I like scrappy, I like ordered scrappy. But I'm going to have to shut up now, because I love this quilt. I love that scrappiness. And I enjoyed it so much that I'm hoping to join in with @Gnomeangel's Long Time Gone quilt along and I've signed up for Jen Kingwell's 2017 block of the month, Delilah (which will be hand pieced - a skill that's new to me).
 
Once I have finished this quilt I'm going to have to be very careful with it. I've just held it up in the living room and both my daughter and my neice said "wow" and started telling me what they could see...! They can get their chocolately little mits off it!

So, what is the February project?

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