My Feb ‘18 One Monthly Goal was to bind my Summer Sampler 2017 quilt and to make three Sawtooth Star pillows that coordinate with this quilt.
The binding was completed early in the month , but I just finished the pillows today, and I have to tell you it wasn’t easy. Normally I derive so much satisfaction from completing projects and feel somewhat driven (my family says obsessed!) to sew that last stitch and have a sense of pride about what I accomplished. The reason my sewing mojo has been so minimal is that I am up to my eyeballs preparing for a renovation of my room which is a combined bedroom/quilt studio. Not that all of my quilting supplies are in this room. Most of my fabric is in the adjoining back room, but with a bed in each room, I can’t devote one room exclusively to quilting. My brother and sister-in-law will be arriving from California in two weeks, and they are going to paint my room and install laminate flooring as their gift for my 60th birthday next month. The walls will be light grey with dark grey trim. The ugly brown carpet which you all know is a pin magnet will be pulled up this week, so I am in the process of clearing everything out of my room and will be sleeping on the twin bed in the back room for the next three and a half weeks. The temporary inconvenience will be well worth it, and I am so excited for a fresh new look.
Back to my Summer Sampler. I am so pleased with how this quilt turned out though there is one thing I’d do differently if I were to make it again. I’ve always heard that dye lots for fabric can vary, and I now know from firsthand experience that the Kona Coal background fabric that I ordered in May 2017 is a little different from the Kona Coal fabric that I ordered a couple months later. Both were used in this quilt, but I don’t think the subtle differences in background color detract from the finished quilt.
Michael at ThreadBear did a simple stipple all over the quilt to give the Kona Coal background a little more texture, and I really like how the quilting looks:
I’ve written a number of posts about this project which can be accessed by clicking on the Summer Sampler 2017 tag below or on the Tags on the right side of the page.