Way back in May last year, I was inspired to make a quilt featuring the colours of the TV show Top of the Lake. I used the St Louis 16 Patch tutorial to make my blocks and the quilt top went together at the speed of light. I threw in a few rogue blocks for interest and to use my fabric to maximum efficiency - they blend into the top surprisingly well,
I basted the quilt pretty promptly, but since then it has sat and sat in my cupboard waiting to be quilted. Initially, I started quilting 1/4" off the seams, but I really didn't like how it was looking, so I ripped that quilting out. Then I had grand ideas about tracing the pattern of the fabric on the back of the quilt using free motion quilting, but I realised that there was so much happening on the front of the quilt, the quilting wouldn't really show up anyway.
I ended up quilting a simple diagonal crosshatch grid, using a light grey Aurifil thread (#2600) on the top, and my trusty off-white Aurifil #2021 in the bobbin. They both just melt into the quilt leaving a great texture. This quilting has also left the quilt beautifully drapey and soft - I can't wait to wash it and see whether it crinkles up much.
For me, this quilt is full of unexpected fabric combinations and contrasts, with soft and pretty florals mixed with dark, graphic and challenging fabrics. For the back of the quilt, I wanted to continue this unexpectedness by clashing the front, which is full of slightly off, dirty colours, with fabric that looks like soppy sweet old-fashioned wallpaper. I ended up with this floral stripe from Spotlight, which is so not my usual type of fabric but I love it on this quilt.
I pretty much want to put this black and white pin dot binding on every quilt! In my original post, I described this quilt as deliberately un-pretty. I still think it's brooding and a bit dark, but I have come round to thinking it is pretty as well.
Have you ever had a quilt grow on you as you've worked on it?
Linking up with finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts.