Remember that blue quilt top I posted about here. Well I have finally finished it. The idea came from this quilt, which I thought would be an easy, yet very effective masculine quilt design. My brother celebrates the 'BIG 40' this year, so what better excuse to make a quilt for him. Using an assortment of solids from Spotlight ranging from a rocky gray, darkest navy and various blues ending in the softest baby blue, and measuring approximately 66" square, this top was sewn together in no time. In fact I probably spent more time cutting the fabric and pinning the strips than sewing it.
The backing is predominately a blue/black shot cotton with a strip of solid offcuts echoing the quilt top.
I quilted it in a large grid design using various shades of blue thread and bound it with a chartreuse and blue triangle print, which I thought echoed the blues but framed and livened the quilt up.
This quilt was not made without drama though. Originally I had been going to quilt in a diagonal cross hatch and had drawn lines for this with my Frixion pen. After changing my mind, and putting heat on the Frixion lines, I was still left with marks. Usually I stitch over the marks and then any residue disappears. Not this time, obviously no stitching and solid fabrics was not a good combination. After binding, I rubbed Sard wonder soap over the marks, and gave it a cold machine wash. This seems to have gotten rid of them. I have since discovered that Frixion pens were not designed for fabric use and lines can reappear in extreme cold too, I am thinking a Hera marker may be a good investment for future quilting, especially for my Liberty Bloomsbury quilt.
Now it is all wrapped and ready to gift to him, along with a lint roller for the inevitable cat hair which will unfortunately show up on the dark colours.