I thought this would be a great year ending post (a super long one too). Earlier this month I finally finished the quilt for Handstitched class at Stitched in Color that ended in August. Since then I'd been working on hand stitching the border in bits and pieces. I am thoroughly satisfied with being finished. AND I'm just in time as registration for Rachel's classes start January 1st, and I'm going to register for the Curves class.
Some of the techniques that went into this quilt and how I felt about them-
Reverse Applique: Simple enough, though I did NOT read the directions so I made three times as much work for myself as needed. I will probably be using this technique in the future but haven't had a reason to do so yet..
Perhaps because THIS fabric is cotton sheeting instead of quilting cotton, it's the one area of the quilt that got ripply.
Satin & Jewels: Phew was it time consuming!
I opted to add in a bit of embroidery from September House, and also a picture of some henna work I saw online. My border was half an inch too small so I altered from the original design quite a bit, but looking back I wish I'd just narrowed everything a bit and stayed true to the original.
The colors and shape has held up pretty well after the first washing, this was also the motivation for me to start embroidering in general.
Applique: It was fun to try, but I find it unlikely that I'll be incorporating it into anything except wall art.
It doesn't seem sturdy enough to me for anything that is going to get much use, and with three cats well, you do a lot of laundry.
English Paper Piecing: This was fun, it's wonderful because once you learn it you realize you can make all sorts of designs on your own (or follow any of the thousands of ideas already out there.)
I've done several paper pieced projects since I did this part of the quilt. Also become addicted to paper piecing hexagons.
Also I'm now going to do the BOM paper piecing QAL over at Quiet Play that starts next month.
On Point Squares: Fun, and I had enough of a seam allowance on this part (wasn't the case with a few parts of this quilt, let me tell you!) to sew it together correctly. No clue if I'll use it again but I'm glad I wont be scared to try it in the future.
Hand quilting: There are som good tips & tutorials on it from Anna Maria Horner and, surprise surprise, Rachel at Stitched in Color
I don't love doing it, it's hard on my neck and wrists and pretty timje consuming - but unless I get a more quilting friendly machine, I think I will be doing my share of it.
Have been using on a few other quilts so far and a lot of smaller projects. I think the key is moderation. I also did a gingko leaf pattern along two of the sides, I think I'd like it with all orange peel too, but I wanted to try something else.
I hand washed the quilt in the tub with Eucalan, and after that and a stint in the dryer it was cat hair free.
I mean I'm afraid to use it now as it was so much work and I'm pretty sure I failed to use a 1/4" seam allowance everywhere so it will come apart if I look at it sideways, but I do plan on taking it out and looking at it now and again ;)
The back was a lot of the leftover fabrics from the quilt, I'm not sure piecing backs like this is really my style but it was nice to try it out. The middle certainly puckered up differently than the rest of the more heavily quilted areas after washing.
So I love love love it, flaws and all. By far the most satisfying thing I have made to date.