Woohoo I have my first quilt finish for 2017. My #100days100blocks Tula Pink City Sampler quilt of which I gave up on after 45 blocks has been turned into a completed quilt.
Earlier this year I turned the blocks into a quilt top with a gorgeous rich blue shot cotton from Spotlight. Because this quilt is being gifted to Cecily, a family friend who is rather ill, I figured the quilt may get a little more washing, so opted to use a polyester batting to make it easier for her with its weight when wet and for drying speed. I used Soft & Bright which is made by the same manufacturers Warm & Natural cotton batting. I have to admit I was a wee bit apprehensive about using polyester batting after my last experience, but this stuff is fabulous to use. I backed the quilt with a purple floral vintage cotton sheet - one of her favourite colours.
Some machine quilting was done around the border of the quilt to hold it's shape and around the sampler cross, however I wanted a quilt that was soft, snuggly and lightweight for her, not stiff with lots of quilting, I decided to tie the rest of it after reading this post from kokaquilts. I used black DMC perle 8 and tied on the corner of each sampler block then at 6" intervals on the blue. I am delighted with how soft and drapey the quilt has turned out, and how easy it was to tie it.
Binding was made from Amy Butler's Tropi Canna fabric a fortuitous find in my stash , which delights me with it's vibrant colours that pick up so much from the quilt centre. The quilt finishes at approximately 60" square, so I think just perfect for snuggling under on a day when you don't really want to get off the sofa.
This is now being packaged up and sent to my Mum, so she can deliver it to Cecily.