I have a happy boy at my house! I finished quilting Gavin's quilt last week and stitched down the binding at retreat. When I asked him how happy he is with his quilt he said, "I --- am overjoyed!" And so is Gramma.
When he saw it on the design wall he just had to hug it.
When he realized I was taking photos he wouldn't let me take any more, especially if there was any chance I might post them online. (Almost a teenager, you know!)
I seriously thought about getting rid of the book with the paper-piecing patterns in it. I am so done with mythology quilts. But then I got to thinking, what if Gavin meets a little gal some day who also loves mythology? And I need to make a mythology wedding quilt.........
I just looked back at the last time I posted anything about Gavin's quilt, and I was surprised that I've only posted one update since I first talked about it in this post.I showed you the hippogrifs in this post. Since I'm really close to finishing it, I thought I should give you a real update. The castles were the next section that I worked on. I really wanted to add a little color, but Gavin is making all the decisions on this quilt and he wanted brown or tan for the castle.
I did manage to work in a little red and yellow with the roofs, doors and windows. He likes it.
It stayed like this for a while. I think I was a little over-whelmed at this point. All that paper-piecing, you know.......Since most of the top was dark I had to order black batting, Quilter's Dream and wait for it to get here. Then it sat there, basted, for a while. I finally realized that there was a slim chance Gavin might outgrow this one before I finish it. That's all I needed to get quilting -- motivation!!
I started in the middle with the BIG Centaur and just stippled.
And stippled some more.
I always think a little embroidery helps, so I added a little to the windows. The owls look better with eyes than without eyes, don't they?
Gavin is doing a great job with color selections, isn't he?
At this point the entire thing is quilted except for the black background areas, so there is hope that it will be done soon. Maybe even tomorrow???
The project I started in May for the 2013 NewFo Challenge is almost exactly like the one I started in February - appliqued stars on a neutral background. Only this time the stars are pink!
I got all the stars finished and all the strips cut.
When I got the other quilt top put together I decided I didn't like it because there wasn't enough contrast. Most of my neutrals were so similar that it looked like the stars were appliqued to a solid background. Quilting it made all the difference, though. I hand quilted it with aqua thread which made the individual strips stand out a little more.
Of course, a quilt always looks better when the quilting is finished! Now I love this baby quilt!