When I showed my husband the quilting in progress, he asked me how long it took me. I laughed and said 18 months. I was only half joking :) I did start it that long ago but I definitely wasn't working on it full time. However, it has consumed most of my waking hours for the last two days!
It measures 56" x 64" before washing and contains 896 2 1/2" squares. And all of the squares are scraps, most from pieces under 3". Every time I collected a container of squares, I spent some time chain piecing them into pairs. Even the binding is made from scraps!
It's backed in a teal flannelette sheet and quilted with white thread in a faux cathedral pattern. The sheet did give me some puckering problems. I'm not sure if it was the material, reduced sensitivity from my gloves or a combination of both. I wouldn't swear off sheet backings forever, but I don't know if they would be my first choice.
I LOVED the quilting. It's my first time FMQing that I went really smoothly. I had no tension issues and the stitches were smooth and easy. The gloves definitely helped! It was time consuming but I will be using this pattern again. I just love some dense quilting!
Someone else loves it as well :) She couldn't wait to snuggle up under it. Best part of the process was hearing her say "I love when you make me blankets. They are so warm and snuggly!" The 3 year old immediately requested one of her own.
I think my favorite part of this quilt is the fact that it's like a scrapbook of all the quilts and projects I've completed over the last few years. Including some pieces from my 7 year old's nursery curtains, the backing of the baby's quilt and more. I'll definitely be starting another when my scrap bin gets full!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, ALYOF and 5 Days...5 Ways