The shift from blogging to instagram has been a topic discussed online for the past two years or so.
I only started this blog two summers ago and had all the intentions to keep blogging, although I’ve been on instagram longer than this blog exists. I still make a point to stage a photoshoot for all my bigger finished pieces, but I rarely write up entries any more. All the action does seem to go down on Instagram, it’s just so more convinient. And so I happen to have my hard drive full of pictures for potential blog posts.
This bigger quilt I photographed back in May, so I must have finished it around April or so. I had the top completed for almost a year, but I was so scared to put a quilt of that size under my tiny machine for quilting. When I finally pulled the plug, quilting actually went rather smoothly. Keeping the straight line quilting to a simple crosshedge pattern certainly helped that.
My idea was to keep the quilt itself monochromatic, so it would blend easily into a room that was already busy and colourfully decorated (as our living areas happen to be). All fabrics used are a shade of teal/aqua/turquiose broken up into equal parts of high and lower value.This was my first time sewing drunkard’s path blocks or curves for that matter. By the amount of blocks I made it’s pretty easy to guess that I enjoyed it ;-)
The original thought behind the pattern was a half moon, but as I progressed it didn’t have so much of a moonshine-y feel to it. Rather the colours along with the curves and edges reminded me of seaglass. This eventually evolved into the name of ‘Glass Half Full’ because a little portion of optimism can never hurt, right?
The finished quilt measures 58 x 82” after washing. Fabrics I used range from Joel Dewberry, Cotton + Steel to Lotta Jansdotter and Katy Jones’ Priory Square. The backing is from IKEA. By using the full width including the broad selvedge I avoided piecing the backing (which is one of my least favourite tasks in quilting). For batting I used Warm + White.
And when it came to bind this quilt (which in turn is my favourite part) I felt the whole thing was in bad need of a pop of colour. I think my eyes must have been saturated by teal at that point. I had enough Kona Cactus left from another project and to my own suprise it works great as a contrast binding.
I’m entering the ‘Glass Half Full’ Quilt into the Large Quilt section of this season’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival which runs from September 19-30th on Amy’s Creative Side. You can vote on your favourites in each category starting Saturday.
Have a good week and cheers to all of you still reading and following blogs!!
This post is linked up with Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Modern Patch Monday at Modern Cologne Quilters and Thank God It's Finished Friday this week at Celtic Thistle Stitches.