And, a closeup of the quilting motif inside the handles. (Remember this post where I wanted your opinions about which motif to use. Most everybody said the top one which is what I did. Thanks for the opinions.)
One issue I had with quilting this quilt is I didn't have very much excess backing on the sides. Because my longarm is only 18" I would have needed to turn this quilt 90º to do the sides in one pass. Um, couldn't do that because I need more backing fabric to attach it to my leaders. What to do? What to do?
I finally decided to take it off the longarm and use my domestic machine to stitch three straight rows in the borders. Worked like a charm. I used my walking foot and before I knew it the quilting was done.
Now it is time to figure out what to work on in May. I was just looking at my calendar and I realize I have very little to do in May. We'll be at the beach house with friends for part of a week, and then I'll be in Maryland attending the annual FCQ retreat. (Interpret that as 2.5 days of constant sewing and lots of quilty friends to talk to.) So I could choose something that will take a little more to do than I usually do. After seeing this quilt (the first quilt pictured) in the show I decided to show the sincerest form of flattery and copy it! Except, I also found my notes about what to do and it was exactly the same. So here is the beginning of that effort.
There are several things I figured out from this -- I need to pay attention to where the colors are. These rail blocks were to be made from warm or cool colors. And, I really need to make sure the blocks are horizontal/vertical on one row and vertical/horizontal on the other. The first block is fine; the second has a problem. I'll be paying closer attention while sewing the blocks as I construct them. I have some mottled black I was looking at and I decided I don't really like it. And, I don't like the 2.5" strip. I'll be using a Kona black that I have on hand and it will be cut at 2". I may buy backing for this as I don't have very much batik. Read that -- I have fat quarters only. With very little going on in May I shouldn't have any problem getting this quilt done.
I'll be linking up with Red Letter Quilts for the OMG It's Finished Link Up, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop? and TGIFF!. Take some time to see what folks have finished this week or month.
Happy Quilting All!