So, here it is, still drying on the washing line! Apologies for the scruffy background, but once it was actually dry, the sun was so bright that my other photos look a bit washed out, but I'll show you anyway!
I absolutely LOVE this quilt! It has turned out exactly as I had hoped and it is so very, very me! It's probably the simplest quilt I've made - no precise or complicated cutting or piecing, no matching points or squaring up of blocks. In fact, some might say it's a bit lazy and slapdash - (to which I would happily admit that I am both of those things!) - but I prefer to think of it as more... organic.
Inspired by Indian Kantha quilts, I did two wide bands of intensive hand quilting, using a mixture of perle cotton colours (pale blue, silver grey and pink). I was very happy to take my time handquilting this one - I am not a fast stitcher and I could only manage about 3 rows at a time before my finger started to tingle (I don't use a thimble).
The rest was "organic" straight line machine quilted using an off white Aurifil thread. I had a little bit of trouble with this as my basting leaves a lot to be desired, so I had to keep re-adjusting it as I went along. And let me tell you, trying to re-baste a quilt that has already been partially quilted is a real bitch! Urgh! Next time I think I might bite the bullet and send it out to be basted for me!
The binding went on beautifully, thanks to Susan's great tip! I've been winding my bindings onto an old cotton spool for ages but it had never occured to me to put that spool on the spare holder thing on the machine while I stitched it on!!
It worked like a dream! And I absolutely love how the binding looks with the rest of the quilt - if you remember, I made the binding before I had even started on the quilt!
It measures about 51x58", so perfect snuggling-up-on-the-sofa size, although of course it's far too hot for that at the moment! But that's fine, for now I am very happy just looking at it, draped over the back of my chair.