And seeing as how I finished this quilt it makes for the perfect thing to post about in -
For those of you who have not noticed this phenomenon the past couple of months, Lily's Quilts (aka Lynne) is leading British Quilters in a concerted effort to bring us together as a cohesive group and link us to other bloggers all over the world as well. Fresh Sewing Day is her was of letting quilters worldwide leave a link on her blog that any of her readers can follow and come see your blog. And then I get the opportunity along with everyone else to follow these links as well and see what so many creative people have been up to. It's fun!
So today I bring you Sherbet Pips 2 (as opposed to the first Sherbet Pips which I posted about all the way back here) -
This second Sherbet Pips was a little bit more of a test of my patience. Mostly due to my first plans going array and me having to unpick - a lot. There was some serious rethinking and re-ordering of fabric. I think that its eventual incarnation is good. I am
I wouldn't use the red Moda Bliss dots for the the skimpy half border I put around each block. I wouldn't use this fabric as I didn't manage to follow the lines of the cots so that even when my actual sewing is straight the block still looks rather wonky.
But enough of what I don't like. Things I do like - this quilt for one. It is a labour of love after all. I love that I decided to quilt it in a loop-the loop pattern as I thought that this replicated the route children - and dogs - took when they were enjoying life. I like the randomness of it, and it was like doing stippling without actually being stippled. (Does that make sense?!)
I did a little of an oopsy for the backing fabric. I like it. It is some Pips yardage I ordered just for this job. I already knew that I was planning on using the Bliss for the binding. I failed to put two and two together and see that while each was perfect for the job they weren't necessarily the best together. I didn't realise this until I was doing the hand sewing last night. I can be slow on the uptake at times! But I don't hate the combination to want to change it.
I love this quilt, because I think despite the roller coaster that was its creation it is a lovely quilt. But I love it a bit more because of its imperfections. It taught me a lot in the making of this. I like that. For me quilting is a steep learning curve at times and this wee quilt took me leaps and strides in the right direction and will help me make some more informed decisions in quilts to come. Just for that very fact it will be treasured.
And that is Sherbet Pips 2. Now, just have Sherbet Pips 3 to finish - the Pinwheel Pips. It is pieced and awaits its backing and binding. It wasn't such a trial and error process as this one. I think once that is finished I will treasure what remains of my Pips fabric and hide it away to be unpacked years from now to remind me how this was the first fabric line that I had to have. And it was a worthy line because it lived up to everything I thought of it.