Sunday, July 24, 2016

First Full Sized Finish - Rebel Quilt!

I wish I could describe how excited I am to have finished this quilt! After having become a tiny bit obsessed with sewing and piecing and having 50 million or so projects in progress to show for it, it is so rewarding to finally have a quilt that is finished and can actually be used.

I'm so glad this was my first official finish. I love this pattern, am happy with my color choices, and it is a good size at 72" x 72" (not to big or small).

I found this pattern to be very well written and easy to follow. As a newbie I have purchased a few patterns that I felt lacked the detail I need to follow it easily without some trial and error and doing some reading between the lines to figure things out. Not this one. It included every step I needed. I highly recommend this pattern and plan to make some of her other patterns in the future. In fact, I have my eye on this free Liberty code quilt pattern and even have a few Liberty prints on the way to start my collection.
I am also really happy I went with the black Indah Batik for binding and backing. It has a really nice weight to it and I love the print.

Basic Info

Rebel Quilt by Libs Elliot

Kona Cotton Silver and Black
Cotton + Steel Silver
Me + You Indah Batiks

Warm and Natural

Aurifil 50wt Grey 2615 and Black (Backing)

Everything sewn/quilted on my very modest but hardworking Janome Magnolia 7330.

And finally, the obligatory cat on quilt photo.

Summer Solstice Quilt Along

So excited to be participating in Melissa Corry's Summer Solstice Quilt Along!

I love this pattern and that she has broken it down into manageable pieces. I've been trying my hand at picking my own fabrics, but for this project I just had to have one of the bundles put together by The Intrepid Thread. I thought the combo of fabrics was amazing, and her customer service was stellar, with super fast shipping too! I have ordered from her again since, I'm happy to have found her shop through this QAL. 

Plus I get to learn a new technique: no waste flying geese! I'm so excited about this because they were so easy and worked great. Love being able to try something new. 

Favorite tool for this project: The Quick Quarter II. My 1/4" foot is not really that useful so this helps me be so much more accurate. Someday when I have a better machine this might not be needed, but for now it is a lifesaver!

And here they are. It took longer than I thought it would, but it helped me create a good plan for how to tackle the next step. Which is many, many, many half square triangles!