It’s not often I take more than a month or so to get a quilt done – start to finish. But last year, I decided to join in the Aurifil Designer of The Month quilt along. Block of the month activities are a great way to sharpen up your skills, and/or learn new techniques. And I can tell you, some of these blocks tested my patience and my skills! I finished the last of the 12 blocks earlier this year, but they have languished in my sewing room awaiting my attention. That attention was received late last week, and within 24 hours, I had a finished quilt! So please, check out my “New Terrain”……
When it came to choosing fabric for my blocks, I very gingerly dug out all of my treasured Terrain by Kate Spain. This is literally my all time favourite ever fabric range – since I made a whole clothing range from it when it was first released.
Isn’t the three year old version of my Chloe just divine?
Each block has such a unique personality, and the prints from Terrain all took on a life of their own when mixed and matched together! I love that even though I would probably never in a million years dream of putting purple, orange and green together – it works sensationally! When it came to quilting, I really would have liked to go crazy with some free motion quilting – especially given all those blank white blocks created when I chose to set them on point. But, same old story – my shoulder is still not 100% and I didn’t fancy making it worse. So I chose to do diagonal straight line quilting, and used a beautiful purple Aurifil #2520. I questioned my choice about a quarter of the way through, wondering whether it was a bit too much, but once I was done, was completely smitten. I have a little bit of drag in the very centre rows, because I had to do the unthinkable and change directions in my quilting. Blame that shoulder again…..
And there is that AMAZING quilt backing I picked up last week. It seriously could not be more perfect. The binding is a beautiful pink print from Kate Spain’s Paradiso range, and works wonderfully.
On a very gloomy second day of Winter, my “New Terrain” certainly did its best to brighten things up!
If you’re after a great block of the month program, with the incentive of monthly prizes, check out Aurifil’s Auribuzz posts, hosted by none other than Pat Sloan. It’s a great quilty community!