Madras Plaid Part 3: So Happy Together!

Can you believe it? The back came together in about 20 minutes, and sandwiching the quilt was no problem – after I painstakingly ironed both quilt back and front, and taped the back to the floor. No wrinkles!

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Quilting was a quick affair, using a gently curving stitch to create a grid of soft wavy lines. So much easier than quilting straight lines!

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I stitched the edge of the quilt before cutting away the excess – I love this method, because you get neat edges for binding.

Binding! Yikes! I have no idea what I’m going to use for binding. Blue? White? Stripes? Hmm, time to audition a few fabrics from my stash…

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Below is a shot of the backside of the quilt front before I sandwiched it all together. I love the stained glass effect of the light coming through. 20130818-154424.jpg

Madras Plaid Part 2: Standard Deviations

Inspiration: This week’s post comes to you courtesy of SewCraftyJess – I found her wonderful tutorial for her
Simply Woven quilt, and simply fell in love….

Status: the quilt top is finished! I’m starting to piece the back tonite. Should be sandwiched and hopefully quilting by Saturday.

Standard Deviations: did not use a solid for the background, chose dark background over light, making a lap size version, put two light borders, instead of leaving it border less.

Doubts: Will the quilt be too small or too big? Was a light border the right choice? What colour binding should I choose?

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Madras Plaid Part 1: A Scrappy Affair

After the phoenix quilt, I’ve been taking a little hiatus from sewing. I started 2 bags, no patterns of course. Got stuck, rather, bored with the process and put them aside. Summer has since claimed my spare time…

Until now. I’ve found a scrap buster project. I’ve dug through my stash, and pulled bright patterns and batiks, and cut dozens of 2.5″ strips…. the inspiration? A wonderful tutorial from Moda Bake Shop, for a colorful “plaid” quilt. I will share the link soon (for some reason, I can’t find it right now)…

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See all the yummy fabric piles above? That was the before shot…. I’ve really cut into those leftovers, FQs and half metres… it’s so hard to chop up beautiful fabric, but I know it will be worth it!

6 more blocks and I can piece it together.. wish me luck that I can finish today!