The response to the Indie Folk quilt has been great. If you loved the fabrics, there will be more quilts made with the remaining fabrics. There should be at least two more, maybe a third if I can swing it.
Can I be honest for a minute? Great. This quilt was massive and I wanted to get it out before we left for San Francisco over Christmas. The weather in Indy turned to shit right as I finished this quilt. It was too big to just hang on my fence without getting on the rain soaked ground. I’m heartbroken I didn’t get better pictures of the finished quilt, see way down below. However, I did film the making of this quilt and I’m working on a how to video.
Let’s move on to finishing this beast of a quilt.
Basting the quilt
My wonderful husband went somewhere for the night and after I put the kid to bed, it was time to baste. I had removed the dining room table and swept the room to prepare. I learned something that night. My dining room is not big enough to baste a king sized quilt without working in sections. We had been contemplating buying a new house in 2018 and now a new requirement will be space to baste a big quilt.
Basting took about three hours to complete. I was a tad bit sore after and almost couldn’t get off the floor. Not joking, I sent a text to my husband to come get me off the floor. This was a huge accomplishment.
To quilt this I went with straight lines on the diagonal. On Instagram a commenter asked why on the diagonal. Great question. I did an Insta-story response, but thought I would share here as well.
Since I have been quilting straight lines on the diagonal for some time, I’m pretty good at it. Plus, with a quilt this since, it allows me to move the quilt around. Spreading the bulk around is much easier on my body and sewing space. Keeping a quilt rolled up and bulk all on one side would be too much for me. Each square has an X in it for quilting. The white thread I chose blended in nicely.
Quilting this required a number of breaks to keep my shoulders and back from getting too stiff.
Backing and binding
I was able to score a soft green sheet in the perfect color off one my local swap groups. It wasn’t quite big enough so I added some of the gray print.
In finding coordinating solids I struggled to find a navy blue that worked. It makes a good binding choice to balance out the colors.
Machine binding won based on the time I had left to meet my deadline.
Below are the best pictures I could get of this quilt without getting it on the ground. Notice that light dusting of snow in the background and on the quilt?
The quilt is safely in it’s new home and enjoying lots of snuggles. Click on the links below for the other posts related to this quilt project.
Indie Folk Quilt – part 1
Indie Folk Quilt – part 2
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts
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