Because there are quite a few different colours in the various print fabrics, I wanted to keep both the block design and sashing nice and simple. Chunky squares surrounded by a (mostly) contrasting border keeps things pretty simple.
Initially, I wanted to quilt this myself, even though it is quite large, at approximately 82 inches square. I even got as far as basting the whole thing. However, I really wanted denser quilting in the white areas and minimal quilting in the blocks. I have done a tiny bit of free-motion quilting, but really need more practise and this was not the quilt for that.
In the end, I had the quilt long-arm quilted by Sue Burnett with a light feather design in the sashing and a heavier feather design in the border. The inner square of the block is stitched in the ditch to keep everything stable. I have used Sue's long-arm quilting services before - she lives very locally to me and is fantastic. I will definitely go back if I have other projects that I think would benefit from long-arm quilting.
The quilt is backed with a striped fabric I picked up at Spotlight. I think it works really well with the colours in the Fandango line. It is bound with all those fat quarter strips I cut up. Because this quilt is so large, and I have other projects on the go, I decided to finish the binding by machine rather than by hand, using this tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts.
Overall, I am really happy with how this quilt turned out. I am particularly happy that I decided to go with the feather pattern for the quilting - I think it really brings the quilt together.
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