I am so excited to have this quilt finished. I love everything about it! I made it for a wedding gift and almost wish I could keep it. If I didn't like the bride and groom I'd probably keep this and send them some china or something.
The pattern is by Laura Blanchard. I saw her quilt hanging in a booth at a quilt show and I knew right away that it would be perfect for my Salt Marsh color palette. This has taken a lot longer to make than my own progress would indicate. It took me a long time but only because I did other things in between. The quilt is actually quite simple to construct. I did starch all of my fabrics and that helped a lot with bias edges.
I made a kit for this so you can make one too if you want. If you think you might want to get the kit take this hint to wait until this weekend. (wink)
I didn't think that feather quilting would be right for this quilt so all of the quilting is foliage motifs. There's a lot of stitch-in-the-ditch because I love SID quilting. Although I didn't love it as much on this quilt. It was the ruler work on this quilt that convinced me that I needed to upgrade my longarm. The Millennium with the Bliss Drive is just way too sensitive.
All of the quilting is done with Superior So Fine! thread.
In the setting triangles and squares I stitched close once around the leaves and stems and echo quilted once. The background quilting is a stipple similar to the motif in that light border.
In the star I did CC quilting in most of the diamonds but created a wreath of leaves centered on the light blue diamonds.
Did I say already that I love this quilt? I might have to make another for myself.