March has been a quilt-heavy month around The Clubhouse, which is why it's been a little quiet around here. I'm letting the sewing machine cool down a for a minute, though, so I can share with you a finished quilt from earlier this month!
This is the first Marine Den quilt that I've completed since last spring. It's one of three versions resulting from the (never ending) pattern writing process. This is also the FIRST quilt that I've ever free motion quilted. Sure, there have been some practice swatches over the last year, but I credit taking an FMQ class with Angela Walters at Fall Quilt Festival and my Janome Horizon 8900 QCP for giving me the confidence to take the leap.
I can't remember what Angela called this design, but I was immediately more comfortable with it than any of the others I ever tried, so there ya go. I also did some stitching in the ditch between the pods and around the pod centers. You can see how someone with great FMQ talent could go to town on the solid pod sides, but I wan't confident enough to try that at the beginning of March, though. Maybe next weeks ;-)
The back is this amazing sateen print from Heather Bailey's Garden District Line for Free Spirit. It's the SAHB001Aquamarine print. This is definitely a heavier weight fabric, kind of like a lightweight home dec material. I think it made a great, tough quilt back, though. I used it for the binding as well. The colors in the undulating florals and paisley motifs inspired the colors for the front of the quilt.
Pre-wash dimensions: I can't find where I wrote down my measurements. About 58" x 39"
Post-wash dimensions: I can't find where I wrote down my measurements. About 56.25" x 37"
Batting: Warm & White from The Warm Company
Front Fabric: Assorted Kona and Cotton Couture Solids, random prints, and the RJR Cotton Supreme Solid in French Vanilla (RJR9617-111)
Back and Binding Fabric: The SAHB001Aquamarine print from Heather Bailey's Garden District Line for Free Spirit.
Quilting: Free Motion and Stitching in the Ditch with the Janome Horizon 8900 QCP.
I've got another completed Marine Den quilt hanging out on the top rail of the stairs, and I just finished that do. Good Stitches quilt tonight. Get ready to see it later this week once I get some photos :-)