Done! I know I've shown this quilt top to you many times, but I'm back now with the finished quilt!
Each member of the Peace Circle made two blocks using their own scraps an Elizabeth's tutorial. I put them together and quilted it using double random straight lines. Now, I have to say that I did a lot of thinking and research before I starting quilting. I know, that kind of goes against the whole random thing, but I tend to overthink (are the lines too random? not random enough? do I need more? etc.). I spent a lot of time looking at Ashley's quilts before starting, but I'm happy with the result. And my sewing machine was much more agreeable to the straight line thing this time.
I love all of the little details in this quilt, and I know the recipient will too.
I thought about using the leftover stripes from my Bottled Rainbows as binding, but I decided it might be a bit too much (not so much from the front but the back is a bit...busy. Stay tuned.). SO instead I went with this black-and-white polka dot from my stash. I tried machine stitching the binding for the first time! I love stitching binding by hand, and that will always be my default, but stitching it by machine is handy when you're in a hurry. I used this great tutorial from Emily at Mommy's Naptime--she presses the binding fabric in place instead of using pins (yay!). It worked very well, and I'll definitely use this method again.
I used white for my top thread and black in the bobbin so it would blend into the binding a little better. Looks pretty good!
For the back, I used this fun blue houndstooth print from Summer Soiree by Paula Prass. Mainly because I have a lot of it, but also because it looks fun. I added a little rainbow strip bordered by some Kona Coal.
I didn't have the right solids for all of the rainbow colors, so I used some prints too. (This is a particularly busy quilting intersection!)
Here it is--all ready to send off to My Very Own Blanket! It's an organization that provides quilts for children in foster care.
Thanks to Michelle, Lisa, Paula, Melissa, Allie, Meg, Naomi, Tanya, and Laura!
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