On A Whim Quilt
I finished four quilts in September, and that might be a record for me. Two of them were quilt tops awaiting the final stages of completion, and two of them were new projects. I shared Erica’s quilt here, but the other three have gone unmentioned. This is quilt #2, made with a bundle of Anthology Fabrics from a few years ago (sorry, can’t remember the name and there was none on my selvages) and Camille Roskelley’s On A Whim pattern. I blogged about the quilt top over at Sisterview last month, but this is the finished quilt.
This quilt makes me happy for several reasons. First, I love the way the Kona Ice Frappe looks with the rich autumn tones of the prints. I’m so glad I used it, and I’m also glad I experimented a little with the dark gray. Second, I am beyond thrilled with the quilting. Learning to free motion quilt was one of my goals for the year, and I put it off because I didn’t want to ruin anything. I can’t count how many times I’ve thumbed through Angela Walters’ book and wanted to try the flower power quilting but never had courage. At last I went for it and it worked and I enjoyed it. Tons of flaws, but you don’t really notice them. I’m super proud of myself for doing it. I tried to quilt a large flower in each block and a smaller one in the gray squares.
For the backing I pieced prints I had on hand, and managed to use almost all of my darker orange fabrics.
For the binding I did another thing I’ve never tried and used a voile. It’s an Anna Maria Horner voile and the colors were an almost perfect match so I ran with them. It’s soft and pretty.
With the turn of seasons this quilt is already being loved by my family. I find myself wanting to decorate less for the seasons and simply enjoy them more, and I love how this is a fall-ish quilt without screaming fall. I really did start this quilt on a whim and I’m so glad I did!
the quilting looks awesome!!!! I so wish I had a walking foot so I could try it. I love what you did, its so pretty.
Love this quilt! I’ve been following your blog for awhile and love your fabric and pattern choices. You said you free-hand quilted this one. What kind of sewing machine do you have?
Absolutely beautiful! I LOVE the choice of fabric and the colors. Hooray for you on the free motion bravery, it looks fantastic! I’m still hoping to summon the courage.