It seems like it is a fairly easy quilt to make if you want to make something big. After making a baby quilt and a twin size quilt, I think I am finally ready to make a queen size bed quilt. Here's hoping it goes well.
This quilt uses fat quarters. I have been on the lookout for cheap fat quarters which was proving to be a very difficult task. However, yesterday I went down the street to my local neighbourhood quilting store (I am grateful that I live in such a neat area of the city with all sorts of little independent stores) and just by chance they had a sale on fat quarters- for $2.00 each. I couldn't really resist the deal. Some of the material prints are a bit dated but I think I have chosen a good selection, and the quilt will look nice in the end. I have never been to the Astrin's Attic (the quilting store down the street) before, but I will definitely be going back. The lovely ladies that run the place were so helpful and spent close to 40 minutes with me and Ellie picking out fabric that would look good for the quilt.
I learnt a few things in the process of quilting this queen size quilt. For example, never again in my life will I ever take on the task of free motion quilting on a large quilt. This was really my first free motion project (other than a potholder) and it was too big of a project for me to do on my sewing machine. From now on out I will be sending larger projects out to be completed by those that have long arm machines. I also think I would draw the pattern on before quilting, the next time I do something like this (although I will only do free motion on lap size and baby quilts from now on out). I felt like I was just making up the pattern as I went along, which is fine, as I really like the way it turned out. It has a great home-made feel to it. Between the stippling created from the quilting and the vintage inspired material, I love the quilt.
I am so happy that it's on our bed finally. We had to turn on the furnace today as the overnight lows are getting quite cold already, so this quilt has been finished in good time.