Thursday, March 14, 2013

Finished Hounds Tooth

It's DONE. And I am SO HAPPY. :D I am going to preface these pictures by saying that there is no where in my house to showcase such a large quilt, inside or out! I tried to take it to the park this morning, but the sprinklers were on. I was definitely not willing to risk getting it wet/muddy! I was also not willing to take a picture of it on my bed... because my room is a mess. So you'll have to be happy with these.

finished houndstooth quilt
Draped over an Ikea chair
finished houndstooth quilt
On my ironing board
finished houndstooth quilt
Folded up
finished houndstooth quilt
Back detail
I did straight line quilting on either side of ever long seam, about a walking foot's width apart. I really love the grid it made! Surprisingly, it wasn't too bad quilting it at home. It made my shoulders hurt some, but for the most part it wasn't much more difficult than smaller quilts I've done. I did have to lower my ironing board and put it behind my craft table so there would be more surface area for the quilt to rest on behind my machine. But that wasn't really a big deal.  I also had to pick out one row of stitches due to severe crookedness (it was done before I thought of adding the ironing board) and tension issues, which were fixed fairly quickly. I don't know that I would try FMQ with this size quilt- at least not yet! But it is good to know I can successfully quilt something this large at home!

I really like how everything came together. I wasn't sure about the binding fabric at first because it is so much lighter than the purple bits. I'm still not completely sold on it, but it is growing on me. I like the little sets of stripes. I machine bound this quilt. I have never tried hand stitching the binding down and I think I will try it on a much smaller quilt first ;) The backing fabric is a 108" from Henry Glass fabrics called Baroque Ivy Swirls. After how long the top took to piece, I really did not want to piece the back, too, so I went the easy route.

I am SO pleased with this quilt! It took quite a while, but I have dreamed of a hounds tooth quilt for my bed since I first started quilting. And now my dream has come true! I feel like I learned so much from this quilt- from accurate piecing to basting technique to quilting more consistent straight lines. It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it in the end! I am going to pop it in the wash now so we can start using it ASAP!

I'll show you some pictures of Vegas soon, promise! There is a delicious Gordon Ramsay burger to talk about and another sewing project I finished yesterday- details soon!

Thanks for stopping by! Linking up to Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF at Dreaming in Patchwork!

11 comments:

  1. Congrats on your finish, it's really beautiful!!

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  2. How big are the blocks for this? It's really quite lovely, and I'm trying to get a sense of size.

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  3. Congrats, Anna, on the finish! Excellent work. Your quilt is wonderful and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  4. I LOVE that backing fabric! Dude, kudos on this. It turned out beautiful.

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  5. I just LOVE the look. I totally feel you pain for getting somewhere all ready to take pictures and then the sprinklers just ruin the plan.

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  6. Even more fabulous now it's quilted! I love the straight line grid you've chosen :)

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  7. congrats on a great finish! thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

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  8. Great finish! I also, would like to know the size of the blocks. =). The quilting looks very nice.

    hugZ,
    annie

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  9. You should be pleased! Great quilt! Classic pattern! And your quilting is perfect!

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