I celebrated Worldwide Quilting Day yesterday by finishing my Emerald Selvage Spiderweb!
I started this quilt two weeks ago at my guild's quilt retreat. Our instructor, Chris Bagley, did a great job inspiring us with several samples with different flavors. I'd like to make another spiderweb someday, without selvages, and include some fussy cut centers. Can you see the orange pinwheels in the centers of the spiderwebs? That's my nod to 2012's Tangerine Tango.
The piece of Kona Fern I had left over was not quite wide enough for the back, so I pieced a strip of long selvages to add a few inches. I had intended for the stripe to run horizontally across the back so you could read the selvages, but I laid out the top wrong. I didn't realize my mistake until I was ready to add the sleeve. Oh, well. At least it is not completely upside down!
The first class that Karen and I took at MQX in Providence in 2010 was with Pam Clarke. I use Pam's concept of "quilting inside the lines" all the time, including in the green between the webs. The motif was machine quilted, free hand, so it is not perfect. All I marked were the diagonal lines. I used a chalk roller, so by the time I was done quilting, the lines were mostly gone. You can just see a hint of that gray line.
In the spiderwebs, I quilted a mum-like flower. You can see it better on the back. I quilted the Celtic outer border from the back because it was easier to mark the grid on the solid. This is becoming a habit for me!
I knew I wanted a green binding on the front, but there was too much green on the back, so I tried a two-sided binding for the first time. There are several tutorials online with various cutting dimensions. This is a good one from the Pattern Basket. It's a cool idea that I'm sure I'll use again.
I'm so happy to have another quilt finished!
Emerald Selvage Spiderwebs
Started: March 2, 2013
Finished: March 16, 2013