Thursday, March 29, 2012
I finished this quilt top last fall. I even had it sandwiched and ready to quilt last fall. I knew that the very large size of this one at about 85" by 85" would have made it just about impossible on my old sewing machine so I set it aside. One new sewing machine later and Card Tricks or Clovers using a Fig Tree pattern, is done.
I used a stack of fabric samples picked up at my fabulous local quilt shop's "buy the pound" sale last spring. I am not sure what the fabric line is but it is pretty and girly in all sorts of shabby chic ways. Certainly a much more subdued colour palette than some of my other quilts! I used a Moda Bella solid in snow for the background and the quilt is bound with a scrappy binding from the leftovers of the samples. I backed the quilt with an ivory white on white quilt backing that I actually bought at the thrift store of all places for less that $5 and there was more than enough to back this quilt.
I quilted it with straight lines on either sides of the block seams to start with and the same on the borders but then I decided that the "cards" in the blocks needed some quilting too. I stippled the "cards" in the blocks being careful to only stipple on the print fabric. It worked well! It looks really cool from the back but because I used a light cream Aurifil 50 wt thread and it was a sunny day and because the back is ivory-white, you cannot see the quilting on the back in my photos. Darn.
It feels really good to have this one done. It was so bright and sunny that I actually have a little rainbow showing up from the camera lens in the bottom of the photos. Oops.
Linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday and since this was totally made from my stash, including the backing, I will link up with Kati at her blog From the blue chair. She has a Slash you Stash thing going on!