Tuesday, November 28, 2017

FO: Spearmint Sticks quilt

Like the name I gave to it? It's all I can think of when I look at it. As I mentioned yesterday, work has been crazy busy lately. But by Friday, I'd gotten it all squared away, and found myself with nothing to do but keep an eye on my email. With the American Thanksgiving last week, that meant my emails were quiet too. So, I kept my phone handy, but swiveled my work chair over to the vintage Singer and finished quilting that last row of blocks. I didn't do anything fancy with the quilting, just sewed around the inside of each block the width of the presser foot.

Saturday, I sewed the binding on, and spent the better part of an afternoon and most of the evening tacking it down on the back by hand.
I was a little unsure of the binding. I'd bought it from the remnant bin at Lens, and hadn't brought the quilt top with me to match it up. When I got it home, I thought it might be a little too minty... but once  I got it on there, I decided it actually worked quite well. There's so many shades of green in the quilt, it continues the theme of  "scrappy-but-coordinated". And it's such a thin band around the edge of the quilt, that it doesn't jump out at you like I was worried it might.
And of course, the backing is another shade of green entirely! I didn't take measurements, but it covered the top of my Queen size bed without falling over the edge, so it should be just perfect for a Double bed.

This quilt was definitely a learning experience. It's far from perfect - intersections don't line up, and there's quite a few puckers. But it's some good experience under my belt for the next one.
And of course, it's still a fully functioning blanket!

12 comments:

Araignee said...

I love it! The binding is just perfect. I like it when it draws attention to itself. It finishes the whole thing off that way.

The Well Fed Wheel said...

It looks perfect from here and I love all the different greens!!

Cat Lover said...

Valerie,I love your quilt! The colours and pattern is gorgeous.

Delighted Hands said...

Fantastic! It has been a good project from start to finish and you did it ALL!
Love the colors of this and it stacks up beautifully! Nice work for a rookie! lol

Vera said...

Wow! That turned out beautifully Val. I love the minty green border - perfect! Congratulations on a great finish.

Tired Teacher said...

Nice job!

"Perfect" quilts are overrated, and personally I don't think they exist.

Dee said...

I think it is BEAUTIFUL!

Eastside Cats said...

Cute! Love the greens, and no one likes perfection; it's boring!

kathy b said...

I find greens just beautiful. I dont think every quilt needs to dominate a room. Their quiet beauty can be central without lots of different colors, I think.

elns said...

I love the name and I love the colors. This is a fantastic quilt. I'm not a sewer, quilter person, but it's really lovely. Well done.

Mereknits said...

It is so beautiful, very calming an cozy to look at.

Rachelle said...

That's turned out beautifully! I want to get back to my quilting, but will wait for a wee bit I think; small projects will be my first stop