I finished my improvisational Cherrywood Fabrics quilt on Saturday. I think I’ll just call it “Cherrywood Improv.” In any case, I was thrilled to finish in time to give it to DD#2 for her 25th birthday! She loves the colors and I’m sure she’ll spend many happy hours snuggled up under it while watching movies with her DH.
I’m really happy with how it turned out. I was determined to make a no-stress quilt. It all began with the wonderful suede-dyed fabric, of course. I enjoyed doing the improvisational skinny strips. No real advanced planning, other than sorting the fabrics a bit into lights, brights, and darks. The finished squares were arrayed in a minimally planned grid sort of alterating more colorful backgrounds with more brown-toned backgrounds. The quilting was free motion and improvisational. I just did simple spirals, flames, parallel lines and stylized floral stems. I didn’t even stress over perfect lines or even stitching. Probably a good thing because it became very apparant that my sewing machine needs a serious tune up.
When I was finished with the binding, I threw it in the washer and dryer so the batting could shrink up a bit. I want this quilt to be used, so there’s not even a hanging sleeve. I will at least sign and date it, however. And I’ll fill out a Quiltmaker’s Documentation Form.
Do you recognize the backing fabric? It’s the fabric I painted during my mini private workshop when I was trying to use up all my leftover fabric paints.
I folded up the quilt and tied it with a satin bow, so my job on that one is done. On to the next project!
Happy birthday, sweet darling!