March was my month in the Dream circle of do. Good Stitches to be the quilter. That just means that I got to pick the block everyone made, and then was the person responsible for putting the final quilt together and getting it sent off to our charity, Project Night Night.
For March, I chose to do the string block that Ashley demonstrated on her blog ages ago. I really love the white line down the center, it seems to tie all the blocks together even though they are made from so many fabrics. I decided to alter the layout in this quilt to get a more “chevron-like” pattern. I like it, but I think if I were to do it again with this type of block I might make the white “centers” a little less centered so they could come to points.
On the back, with the extra blocks, I used the same criss cross pattern that the tutorial shows. I had to search my stash for a fabric to fill out the back. I knew I wanted to use a solid because the blocks themselves are so busy, but I didn’t have enough of anything (except Kona snow and other neutral fabrics) to do the entire back. In the end, I chose these two bright solids. I really like the way it came out. (Sorry, I have no idea what colors they are…)
I quilted it 1/4 inch from the white center lines for a nice wide zig zag. The quilting shows up wonderfully on the back and I really love it.
Binding was a big headache! I had no idea how to bind it without it looking really really busy. After many suggestions from a lot of wonderful ladies, I ended up going with bright prints. I used 3 leftover pieces of binding from other quilts. The scrappiness of it just goes… you know?
I forgot to add the label before I basted and quilted, and so I attached it after the fact. The front has so much going on though, that you almost can’t see the stitching line.
It’s going to be really hard to let this quilt go… She’s definitely one of my favorites! But I know that the child who receives it will need it far more than I do. I hope it brings security to that little person in their time of need.