This entire project has been a crazy train ride full of emotions and I would certainly buy a ticket to ride again anytime. The journey for this little quilt started back in May when I constructed the center block, called The Attraction block (the free pattern can be found here).
My poor round robin mates, I think I'm the one that made it hardest on everyone. If I had it to do over, I would have chosen a block that wasn't so simplistic. I really kind of backed them into a corner color wise and well, it's not the most interesting block to build off of. But I have to say the round robin team completely blew this out of the water and returned to me in September the most beautiful and creatively designed mini I could have ever imagined.
You can read more about my mini's journey, if you would like me to pause my story for a minute or two...
The beginning...my post
Round one it traveled to Julie at Pink Doxies
Round two it traveled to Cindy at Stitchin At Home
Round three it traveled to Sandra at MmmQuilts
We had hoped to have our minis quilted by the beginning of October, but true to form, I am fashionably late to the party. That's okay though, I was a bit intimidated by their creative work and had to wait for this little guy to speak to me.
This mini is about balance, change and movement. Life is constantly changing. In any given situation there is usually two sides pressing against each other and it just depends on how hard they are pressing as to whether balance is achieved. My center square started out black and white, yin and yang. I like to think of that red square in the middle as the pop of energy that forces things to change, for the better or the worse. We need that pop; without it there is no chance to grow.
So until this epiphany hit me, this poor mini laid around my house, basted and ready to go. My pop of red that made me realize, it was time to quilt or get off the machine, happened one evening while I was quilting at the Sweet Sixteen. All of my fur kids were quietly playing in the living/dining room. I had my glasses on top of my head so looking at a distance things were blurring. When I glanced in their direction, I could see white stuff all over the floor and all three dogs were chewing at something...wtf?
For the first time ever, they had grabbed something off the quilting table. Those three heathens, managed to paw the batting out from between the quilt layers. Thankfully, the top was not ripped. This picture is blurry because I may have been screaming like a raging sailor.
I have no idea what possessed them to do this, but lesson learned. When I went to the store to pick up more batting, I ran into this fabric.
For reasons not clearly revealed to me, I decided I wanted this for my backing fabric instead of the red print. If I had to re-layer everything, I may as well re-layer everything.
Now on to the good part...the quilting.
This mini called for three different colors of thread, Aurifil #2250 Red, #2692 Black and #2021 Natural White. Three very classic colors. Doesn't it make you want to dress up and go out on the town?
For my section, the center square, I decided on simple continuous curves for the red and feathers in the black and white. Though the black and white fabrics are opposite each other, the feathers allow them to flow together.
For Julie's round, I chose to do angled lines going opposite each other in the red and black sections. Instead of adding the ribbon candy in the border, I left the small borders un-quilted.
For Cindy's round, those awesome chevron/arrows, I decided to echo the chevrons going in the opposite direction. I LOVE when I can add ghost quilting to a project; those little designs you didn't know where lurking in a space. In life, even when things are going smoothly in the direction you want them to go, there can be small little obstacle trying to take you a different direction. Those little hiccups can lead to beauty, so we shouldn't fear them.
This photograph shows how I marked the lines to quilt them to make sure I had the spacing correct.
In Sandra's last round of log cabin blocks, I knew I wanted to add some dot to dot quilting of angles and something similar in the corners.
Since this was a smaller project, I used a 1/4" tape to mark off the edge of my quilt, to help me easily see where I needed my lines to end and account for where the binding would hit the quilt.
And of course for my binding, I went with a flange...gasp! I seriously contemplated doing my binding in half red and black to blend into their sections. I decided on the silver/gray and white flange to brighten things up a bit and show a distinct stopping point. I think this quilt has achieved it's nirvana. And so, I shall call my mini, "Nirvana."
And a quick peak at the back...
Did I happen to mention this is the fourth finish from my 4th Quarter list?