Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mod Mod Sampler finished

I'm so happy I was finally able to finish a queen-sized sampler quilt created from the modern blocks posted each month in 2014 on the Block Lotto website. I followed the pattern designed by Sophie, who runs the Block Lotto site and who set the project up as a mystery, revealing the block placement bit-by-bit, month-by-month. I love mystery quilts, so this was a fun project for me.

This photo shows the back of the quilt. I decided early on to make it using the quilt-as-you-go method, so I could do the quilting myself. I didn't pay much attention to the backing fabric, and pulled pieces from my stash in a fairly random way, but I like how it looks well enough, and the back is the back, right?
I used the method described in this tutorial to join the blocks together and found it very helpful.

I used white fabric to connect the blocks, back and front, and also it to bind the quilt. I sewed the entire binding on by machine, which was a first for me. Usually I attach the binding to the front of the quilt by machine and then wrap it around to the back and hand-sew it in place. And since I'm a really slow hand sewer, it can take me months to finish the binding. Using the machine, I finished it in a single day. I think I'm on to something!

I showed this quilt to my mom (who's always supported my crafting efforts) before I put the binding on, and she thought it would brighten up her bedroom, so that's where it's going. I'm glad it's found a good home.

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