Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fantasy Pony Top Complete

I like the way this quilt turned out. It's nice and big and square! I used as many of the Sally Collins Precision Piecing tools and techniques as I could, and I have to say they helped a great deal. This is by far the most accurate strip bordered quilt I've ever made. Even the inset squares on the outer corners came out nicely. Doing it her way was a little slower, but I avoided all the angst by catching my errors when they were still small as she suggests. I was worried that I had made the green cactus inner strip too wide (I was trying to make the quilt bigger, while still avoiding that extra fourth border fabric.)
I had to jump through some hoops to make the small turquoise border show up at all between the cactus border and the inner panel. I should have purchased six squares (length) of inner panel instead of five. That would have given me additional turquoise all around the inner panel, which would have been nice. I wasn't thinking so I came up a little short, but it came out all right in the end. I'll remember next time and buy 2 rows more of the inner panel than I'm going to use.

Now I just have to figure out how to quilt it; I'll have to see if I can set up a poll with my options. I've never done that before.


CKB said...

What in the Hell is stitch in the ditch? I voted for it because i liked the rhyme!

Your quilt is lovely. Grandma would be proud. i'm proud of my siggie too. not sure if it will work--i used sharpie markers, what do you think?
If not, tell me what I need to use and where to get it.
Your ever lovin sis

Susan In Texas said...

Thanks for visiting! "Stitch in the ditch" is probably the most basic type of quilting that there is. You simply sew through the entire quilt "sandwich" along the pre-existing seam lines. It pretty much hides your quilting within the design of the quilt top and is super easy to do. It's probably totally inappropriate for this quilt because of the large central panel which doesn't contain any seams at all. I would still have to quilt that section using some other method.

Still, it's always nice to hear from my favorite sister and I'm glad you liked the rhyme!