I was able to get this quilt finished. All done.
I think I was fascinated by the idea of doing some extensive straight line walking foot quilting on it - to see what I thought.
So I did.
I do like it with this quilting. However, it did shrink it up a lot. It seemed to shrink almost 10% in fact! I was startled--but then I did quilt it a LOT.
Then I washed it.
The colors ended up being perfect. I did quilt each color in matching thread - so that was a bit more work than if I had only used one color. I couldn't figure out what color to do it in that would work with all of them equally well. I didn't want to "muddy" up the brilliant solids by using black or gray on them - or lighten them with white. So, on each shade of whichever one it was, I tried to match it as best as I could with some of my embroidery thread (Madeira, Isacord, no name).
In the end the colors ended up being scrumptuous!
My method for choosing these colors wasn't very scientific. I just looked in my solids section of my fabric. I had already decided on the cool colors - literally because it was so hot outside. That left me with green, blue, purple. - I have a whole wall of these colors and I think they are so pretty together. That's how I decided what colors to use.
I had more blues solids than the others, so I went ahead and used 5 of them and three of the other two. And that's how much I thought about it.
I picked out possible fabrics and put them on the table all together and tried to pick out darker and lighter shades. Once I finished, I realized it would have been better if I had actually let them graduate from light/dark and back to light instead of how I did it. I started with light green and went to dark green, then started with light blue and up to dark blue and then with lighter purple and ended with darker purple. I SHOULD have started with light green to dark green, then DARK blue to light blue, then LIGHT purple to dark purple. It would have looked better.
Maybe next time. I wasn't about to take it apart by the time I thought about it.
But this one ended up so cool looking, literally - cool - I wanted to finish it quickly. And so I did.
How did I make it?
All I did was sew scraps to adding machine tape. After I cut off 96" long strips of adding machine tape that scraps had been sewn to, I sewed a 1.5" black strip to each side.This made a "unit" of black, colorful, black.
The colored solid fabrics are cut 6.5" wide and seamed together until they reached 96" long. I then attached them to the adding machine tape strip sets of black/colorful/black.
Then I quilted it. It really was simple.
And that's all from me today with regards to my quilting!
I trust you have a great day wherever you are reading this!
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