It's been well established that I am solar powered. It's hard for me to slog through the 9 months of grey we get in the Pacific Northwest, but once summer makes it's appearance I have about a million things I want to get out and do.
I've started three more quilting projects, picked up a knitting project, pulled out my crochet hooks and even started practicing some new embroidery stitches. It's a craft-a-paloza in my apartment these days. But I have actually finished something. I finally picked back the corners on Moulins Rouge and sewed them back properly. It's not perfect, but it's finished.
It's been washed and has that nice crinkly look to it.
Solid pink for the backing.
I just LOVE scrap quilts and was glad to have so many different kinds of pinks and reds to use.
- The colors, obviously
- The wavy quilting lines
- It's a classic pattern, and I just love the simplicity of it.
What I learned from this quilt:
- I've 'learned' this a couple of times but I really need to put more time, effort, and planning into the actual quilting part. Well, either that or I need to accept that I don't particularly enjoy quilting and find a professional quilter to start sending all my finished tops to. But I'm an independent sort, and I take pride in doing things myself, so if I'm going to be a quilter, I may as well *be* a quilter and put as much time into the quilting as I do the piecing.
- It didn't occur to me until *after* I'd pieced all those bright reds with the crisp whites into a beautiful top that I hadn't pre-washed anything and could very well end up with a big pink bleeding mess the first time I threw it in the wash. Either the gods of quilting were smiling down at me or the fabric manufacturers have mastered the science of red dyes. But miraculously it didn't bleed. I'm torn, I don't usually pre-wash my fabrics, but in the future I'll at least do a little test with reds or hand dyed fabrics.
Overall, I'm really happy with how this one turned out, simple, quick, cute and very fun. I'm so happy to have my first finished object of the summer. I hope to have several more FOs before classes start again!