Nancy Mahoney that I thought would work well. I made my first test block on my design wall. I did not like it.
I went back into my stash and I was able to come up with fabric that I liked a little better. I was determined to work with what I had in my stash and I am pleased to say this entire quilt came from my fabric stash. Of course I forgot to take a picture of the next block I made.
Here is the completed quilt top. I spent a few weeks debating on how to quilt it. I finally got up the nerve to begin a new swirly pattern on my machine doing free motion quilting - I did not care for it. A friend came over and looked at and encouraged me to keep going - I did for a bit. I decided I hated it and then spent the next week unpicking the quit. It is amazing how fast the stitches go in and how slow they come out!!!
While I was at my local quilt store debating how to quilt I overheard someone talking about a person who rented out a long arm. I got a name and number and away I went. I was able to get an appointment for the same week. I did not take any pictures of this one on the rack - I was too excited/stress to remember much. Ironically I ended up quilting it with the same type of meandering loops I had just ripped out. It was much easier on a long arm and I am quite pleased with my first attempt. It was scary using my first long arm lesson to quilt on something that I was planning on gifting. - I did have a back up quilt in mind to make if I really messed this one up.
Close up of Quilting
When I gave it to my girlfriend she was so happy she started crying. I am glad that she is going to enjoy it. Of course as you can see from the pictures that this did take me more than one season to complete - If I could only focus on one project at a time.......
About the Quilt:
Fabric: Kona white, Riley Blake, Tina Givens, Art Gallery Fabrics, and a few others.
Pattern by: Nancy Mahoney
Pieced and Quilted by: Me
Category: Throw quilts
I am off to look at other entries and become more inspired by all of the creativity I find on line.