My quilt is named "Hadley Hides the Ice Pops". I was inspired by two of Denyse Schmidt's patterns from her "Denyse Schmidt Quilts" book - Ice Pops and What a Bunch of Squares. Neither patterns was followed exactly, but both were used for inspiration while I drafted my own version. The name is three fold - obviously Hadley is the name of Denyse's new fabric line that we were given to play around with. The Ice Pops part is a direct reference to the Ice Pops pattern. The "hidden" part is a reference to the brown squares hidden in the Ice Pop rectangles. The name makes me think of a impish little girl named Hadley, hiding ice pops in the freezer on a hot summer's day so she doesn't have to share them with her siblings. It makes me think of a simpler, carefree time, which is also what the fabric line made me think of when I first saw it.
I joined the guild after the yummy fabric bundles were handed out. I saw the challenge on the Facebook page and Sharon so kindly offered me her leftovers. Since she was so generous to share, I wanted to make the most of the fabrics. I chose my favorite prints to feature on the front. I then took all remaining fabric and cut it up into "bricks" to piece together a back. I used Denyse's paper bag method to piece together the back. I'm usually very neurotic about arrangement, so I made myself be more random for this. The last little bits went into a scrappy binding. All fabric put to good use! This challenge was a lot of fun for me! I'm very happy I joined the guild and get to participate in fun challenges like this.
As I mentioned above, Sharon's "leftovers" were still QUITE a lot of fabric! Not the full FQ stack, but still plenty to play around with. I made sure all bits and pieces were put to good use and very little was left over. I believe I got the fabrics in mid-July and the quilt needed to be COMPLETELY finished by the end of August. Off to work I went. Oh, and I had a commissioned quilt to complete in the same time frame...and a week-long vacation...and my day job...NBD. The top and backing all went together swimmingly. No issues. Then, I decided this would be my first quilt to be quilted on my HandiQuilter Frame with my new-to-me Juki machine. I thought I'd quickly tear through the quilting and it'd be done in a jiffy. I pretty much detest the quilting part, but can't afford a longarmer's services at this point in time. So the frame was my answer. Well...not exactly. It looked LOVELY on the frame...
|Looking lovely on the frame.|
|What in the hell?|
I needed to return to my trusty straight-line quilting to hurry up and finish this piece. I still gave the Juki a shot and we did pretty well, despite some rippling - which was hidden once washed (if you don't look too closely). I'm still pretty happy with how it turned out and this will eventually be MY quilt - my first one ever that is finished and JUST FOR ME! Here is the finished product:
|The scrappy back.|