Despite the incredibly rainy weather we've been having, the universe gave me a few minutes of sunshine and no wind to hop outside and snap pictures just as I finished up. I am tickled. This quilt came 100% out of my stash of fabric, and even used up some orphan patchwork blocks I had leftover from another project. I pieced the back using up some big leftover pieces of the chicken fabrics and a print I had in the cabinet that Dave and I found so amusing when we were pulling fabrics. It's from a Scandinavian designer and I don't think it's meant to be chickens, but doesn't it look like little blue chickens all lined up in rows? Quite appropriate.
The only thing I didn't have already were appropriate colors of pearl cotton for quilting. I totally got way more than I needed, but I guess better too much than too little! When I used it to quilt my Modern Medallion quilt I learned how much I liked the look of the finished hand quilting. I love the slight wonkiness of the handwork and I had a lot of fun free-handing those egg-shaped loops. I was thinking I would also do a line of chicken footprints in red, but in the end I decided the red would probably command more attention than I wanted it to. So there are just a couple of lines of egg loops in gold and then all of the blocks are outlined with the blue.
I trimmed it up and bound it this afternoon using the black and white ikat print that matches the chicken in the top left corner. I like the geometric pattern and sharp contrast of the black and white to accentuate the modern (given the rather traditional quilting choice) and also that it's still a neutral that works with the off-white backing rather than using a color to stand out.
The finished quilt is 35" x 42" and will be on its way to London soon!
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