This project brings me an odd mixture of excitement and apathy. I finished piecing the top (and bottom) of my Craftsy 2012 Block of the month quilt! I learned so much from making each of these blocks over the course of (a bit more than) a year. It feels very satisfying to have all of the blocks finished and assembled into a quilt top. Although, as I’ve been saying all along, I’m not thrilled with my fabric choice, I think it comes together alright in the finished quilt. Unfortunately, the quilt just doesn’t speak to me, but I fully understand that not every finished project will, and I’m happy with what I learned in the process.
I added 1″ sashing of the background fabric between each block. I think it makes each block distinct while still keeping the sampler feel of the finished work. As I think about it, I’ve never been a big fan of samplers in any medium – quilts, embroidery, cross-stitch, etc. – so that probably plays into my bleh feeling about the finished quilt.
It will be a while before I make this into a finished quilt as I’m planning on quilting it on my mom’s longarm as my first longarm project. My mom is so very excited to teach me to quilt and I’m excited to catch her excitement and learn from her skills. Although I’m not thrilled with quilt, I’m definitely still going to assemble it and then I’ll probably find a deserving friend or family member to give it to.
I decided to piece the back of the quilt as well. I used up the rest of the scraps from the front, figuring that I wouldn’t want to save them for future projects. The olive is the leftover background fabric from the front and the brown is another kona cotton, leftover from my Thanksgiving dress. I chose to piece the back big and scrappy so that I wouldn’t have to worry about aligning the bottom with the top when I do assemble the quilt.