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Thanks to the rainy weekend weather the Grandmother's Choice shibori top is done! I shared the symmetry version last week. I had originally planned to make only one quilt for this project but couldn't decide if I wanted a symmetry quilt or a hand dyed quilt using shibori fabrics. I had been wanting to make a large symmetry quilt but also wanted to make a traditional quilt using shibori fabrics to show how they fabrics could be used in non-art quilts. In the end I decided to do both and I'm glad I did.
This quilt will finish about 71 x 85. It's a little bigger than I wanted but the quilt needs to be what it needs to be. Ultimately it will be a quilt for one of the twin beds in the guest house. I think it's going to be more of a bed spread!
The difficulty with this quilt was coming up with a setting and the colors to use to tie the quilt together. I had made the blocks with absolutely no color theme. The setting idea came from my blog friend and longarm quilter, Cheryl Kotecki. She hasn't shown her quilt yet bet I've seen the layout because she asked me to dye the fabric for it. Keep an eye on her blog to see her quilt reveal in the next few weeks. It's spectacular. She also used this project to tell the history of her own family and each weekly post has been very interesting. She's going to have a great quilt and a great story when the project is done.
The lime green sashing in my quilt is my favorite element. The binding will be line green too. That sashing is 1/2" finished. The alternate blocks are, of course, 8" finished and the pink element is 1.5" wide. I made extra large blocks and used my 8.5" square rumer to cut them to size. I used a 4 step version of my Sea and Sky gradient for the borders and dyed yardage in the 4 shades for the alternate blocks. That half inch sashing was a little tricky to work with but was worth it.
Now I have to figure out how to quilt both of them.