It's technically a January finish. I've put the last stitch on this baby last Sunday on my flight back from Montreal, as evidenced below...
... but a dark and rainy week made it impossible to take decent pictures. Snow + Sun today made for a good photo shoot, though the wind was a challenge.
This quilt has been one year in the making. Inspired by the bee blocks requested by my Canadians Quilt Bee 2015 bee mate Shena of Apple Pie Patchwork, I set out to make 100 blocks (they are made in sets of 2). There are different tutorials for that block. I used Shena's tutorial found here.
My MMQG pals helped me decide how to quilt it and provided encouragement as I started quilting during a Sew-in... Man, that thing was a beast to quilt!
I went with outline quilting of the bright mountains and meandering in the low volume reversed mountains, all with a light beige Aurifil thread.
For the binding, I requested opinions in an earlier post. Lorna, of Sew Fresh Quilt, was the only commenter who broke from rank and did not pick one of the choices I gave. Instead, she suggested a low volume binding, which I thought was brilliant. Of course, I had to put my own little twist on it, so I included a small red section. Can you spot it?
The backing is a giant scrappy mountain to which I added a few extra strips. I used the same method as for the blocks - which was a mistake. Because of the large size, it was awkward to work as a single block. It would have been less time consuming to just use strips and sew them at an angle. Regardless, the result is the same, and kind of fun.
I have yet to decide where this quilt is going to live. I love it so part of me wants to keep it, but I am wondering if I should save it for a gift. I have a couple quilt-worthy people I can think of. So while I ponder this question, here are a few more pictures:
Quilt roll before wash...
...and quilt roll after wash.
Oh, the post-wash texture...
I seem to have found my quilty groove again... so on that note, I am off to quilt some more!