Last year my Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild decided to do the Sugar Block Club 3.0 Block of the Month club. It seemed like we all had a lot of energy about it for the first few months, but the enthusiasm waned. I tried to keep up with the blocks every month, and had a big push in December to finish the last block and get the setting together.
It would have been easy to just do a 3 blocks in a row, 4 rows setting, but I decided I wanted to do a non-traditional setting. I also had a lot of extra fabric left over, and I thought some large open areas for the top would be useful for practicing some quilting. I cut the background fabric in to large squares and rectangles, and developed this for the setting:
After doing a large amount of practice on my long arm, I thought I was ready to tackle this guy.
I struggled with a thread choice for the top – I wanted something that blended, but my first choice blended so well I couldn’t see what I was quilting.
I wound up choosing a very light grey – Aurifil Dove #2600. I think it worked out well, but it still was very light in places and hard to see.
I spent a lot of time choosing patterns for each block, using many tools to work through the design – my notebook, books, and a plexiglass sheet to put on top of the quilt and try out ideas.
It took a lot of time, but I think it came out really well!
Here is the finished quilt:
Some detail shots:
The back – I pieced it with leftovers from the blocks.
I almost used a whole big spool of Aurifil on the top:
Maggie was exhausted when we were done!
But she did help me with the binding:
Thread used – Top (Aurifil Dove #2600), Bottom (Bottom Line #620)
Quilt Size: 66″ x 78″
Total Quilting Stitches: 352,919
I am really happy with how it turned out. There are a lot of bobbles and wonky stitches, but I think I’ve come a long way!