I know I said I was going to blog a different quilt today, but I completed this one last night and I can't wait another minute to share it! It's my "Little Apples" scrappy, hexie string quilt. What else can I call it? It was made following the pattern, Cat Tails Quilt, from the Hexa Go-Go book I received last Christmas. It measures 70 x 92.
Since booking time to longarm can be difficult with two children and sometimes pricey, I decided to quilt this one at home. Big mistake. It took me months to find the time! Free-motion quilting on my home machine can be very noisy and I usually can only sew when my children are asleep- so I basically could only attend to this project when my husband was around to watch the kids. We've had a very busy summer and allocating time for this has not been a priority. Finding time for the hand quilting wasn't as difficult and truly enjoyable and I love the look of the pink pearl cotton.
I used a fat-eigth Little Apples bundle as well as stash and scrap fabrics to make this quilt. Initially I wasn't very sold on the sour green in the "Little Apples" collection but I really think it's genious now. I love the whole look.
I backed the quilt out of about 5.5 yards of a Ric-Rac Rabbits fabric I had originally planned for another fabric. It was super cheap a while ago - maybe $3 a yard? I bound it with a aqua/red favorite - a print from the Moda Bliss collection.
I chose this project from the Hexa Go-Go book because I loved the look and it was one of the few projects that didn't have gazillions of hand pieced hexagons. It was something I felt I could manage and complete in my lifetime. The directions were decent but I did wish that there was more wording on how to line up the outlines that surround the hexie flowers. I pretty much gave up on trying to line up the scrappy string squares. Imperfections and all, I do love this quilt and I am pretty proud of it!
I finished this project just in time for the Craftbuds September Craft Book Month linky party as well as Crazy Mom Quilt's Finish it Up Friday. Thanks for reading!