A little late-night hand sewing allowed me get my Lighthouse Quilt Along quilt finished yesterday. Adding the binding to a quilt is my favourite part of the whole quilt-making process and this time was no exception. In fact, the whole journey of this quilt was highly enjoyable. If I had my way (and a Harry Potter style time turner) I’d quilt along all the time. The idea of making something at the same time as somebody on the other side of the world is one of the many things that I love about our creative community. Alas, time is not always on our side and with two quilts already in various stages of competition I wasn’t sure if I could dedicate myself to the Lighthouse Quilt Along. I’m so glad I did! There was paper piecing, which I love, Tula Pink, who everybody loves, and an amazing pattern by a quilter and blogger who I’d admired for a long time. How could I possibly say no?
The quilt construction was a breeze. My inner perfectionist always gets a bit vocal whenever I use a paper piecing pattern (seams and points and pins oh my!) but for anybody new to paper piecing, Faith’s clear and concise instructions took you by the hand and gently guided you through the process. I intend to hang my smaller, 31″ x 31″ ‘mini quilt’ in the attic, but I can imagine a larger version of this would look stunning on a bed.
I’m so happy with the fabric choices. The Tula Pink Acacia that I brought back from London with me didn’t last two minutes in the stash. This was the perfect project for it. Coupled with some Essex linen, the colours really pop. I chose an all over quilting design, something with curves to contrast with the straight lines of the piecing, in a simple white thread and finished the quilt off with one of the simpler designs from the collection for the binding. In fact, I think my favourite part of the whole quilt might be the small, contrasting piece in the binding.
Also, there were no close calls with the thread this time, a la the Dinosaur Quilt, so I think I’ve learnt my lesson!