It's finally finished! Quilted, bound, labeled and everything! WooHoo!
Originally, this quilt had been on the frame back in July.
You may remember George, a Schnibble pattern by Carrie Nelson that I made with the LePetite group last year.
I started to quilt it during the summer and it just wasn't going like I wanted it to, so I picked out the stitches and put it away to start again another time. I was disappointed.
The quilting pattern I had chosen just wasn't working out for me once I got the quilt on the frame.
I was trying to quilt bananas on it, or at least something banana-like, but I just didn't like it.
I had practiced the pattern plenty on my white board and on muslin too, but I just lost it when it came time to put it on the quilt. Has that ever happened to you?
As much as I wanted to make bananas the quilting pattern, I just couldn't be happy with the results. I decided that I needed to be happy with it and I just didn't know where to go from there to make it the way I wanted.
The only solution I could come up with was to give it up for the moment. That moment turned into months, which wasn't my original intention.
|I think the grass is making the border wavy. It certainly wasn't wavy before I took this picture!|
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when I pulled it out and decided to give it another try.
The idea of banana quilting had to be abandoned I decided. I tried a few more banana-like designs this time around, but again I just didn't like the results.
These loopy swirls that I had been practicing recently came to mind and that's what I went with.
I'm thrilled with the results. Much better looking than my original bananas!
Are you wondering where this banana theme is coming from? I guess should explain.
I believe Carrie named the pattern after the monkey. You know the one. Very appropriate I thought because of the monkey wrench blocks!
Some of the fabric I used on the front had bananas in it, so I just decided to carry on the theme!
I guess I still managed to mash some of the banana theme in there somewhere. Don't you love that banana backing fabric?
Well, after an uber busy week including an overnight soccer tournament, track meetings, science fair, shopping trips, a math team trip, Valentine's Day, college acceptances and a few colds.....seriously, that's not even all of it.......I'm happy to be able to take a deep breath and have a finish to show you too!
I'm looking forward to starting what I hope will be a quieter week, with a little more sewing time! I hope you'll be able to sneak some time in too!