On Friday I promised you more about another quilt Shelly Pagliai of Prairie Moon Quilts quilted for me. Drum roll please…
And here it is. I, the never-use-a-pattern quilter, made this several years ago, because I had piles and piles of batiks and needed to burn through them. Did I succeed? Well, yes…and no. I still have tons of good-sized scraps, and maybe a couple more pieces I’ve bought because…color.
I made this so long ago that I don’t really remember whether I used a pattern, but it looks as if I must have used “Jungle Fever” by Karen Montgomery, for The Quilt Company. This poor top hung around until I decided to get some things finished so they’d quit taking space in my workroom and we’d have some new quilts to use.
This is a very simple design, and definitely easy to make. I remember that making these blocks was sort of like eating popcorn, just one more, and one more, and one more, until I had this ginormous quilt. It ended up 96 X 96″ inches, which is huge in my book (the largest bed in my house is a queen-size). That’s why you’re having to look at photos of sections of it at a time. It’s too big to fit into one photo.
I found a piece of 108″ wide batik backing somewhere, folded it up with the top, and sent it all off to Shelly to quilt. Her question? How did I want it quilted? I was planning to use this on the bed so certainly didn’t need heirloom-level quilting on it, so I told her to just give it whatever it needed. I also told her that I really dislike “mattress pad” quilting. For those of you who’ve not heard me use that term, this is what I think of when I see a quilt with an allover, edge-to-edge pattern that has no regard for piecing or applique or anything except holding the three layers of top-batting-backing together. Like a mattress pad. There is definitely a time and place for that, but I didn’t want it on this.
My comments are not meant to sound snotty. Really! I just have always loved quilting that considers all the parts of the quilt, that highlights the blocks and works together to make a top a coherent whole. I think Shelly might have laughed when I told her “no mattress pad,” but I could tell that she understood what I meant. And how…
If you to look at the back of the quilt (at least in photos) you can see the quilting a bit better. Take a look at how the blocks are all different, but not. Each block is quilted similarly, and some are the same, but there is enough variation between them to keep me looking. (If you click on the photos to open them, you can see it even better.)
Gorgeous, right? I think so. Ya done good, Shelly.
I’d like to tell you this is completely done, but it’s not. It needs a binding. When she handed this off to me, Shelly remarked that it’s a monster. I agree. It’s huge, but I am really looking forward to having the time to sit and bind this…sometime soon, I hope. I love to bind a quilt. Those last few hours spent finishing it up are wonderful. How about you? Do you enjoy binding?
P.S. There is BIG news! Shelly Pagliai is writing the block-of-the-month for the Kansas City Star in 2015. It’s going to be flat gorgeous and so fun to make! Goooooo, Shelly!! (She is so talented, and sweet as can be. If you don’t know her, you will soon!)