I really love this quilt. I think it's because it's a combination of all the things that I normally love, mixed with a lot of firsts.
It's one of the first times that I bought a whole line of fabric to use together and actually used it. (Sorry fat quarter bundle of Comma that I love but has been on my shelf for a year.) The recipients have a lack of color in their lives, and I wanted to give them some rich color, but not blow their minds. So Chicopee was perfect. There's that amazing citron, but also navy and dark green. It's low volume in some prints, but loud in others.
And to balance all the color, I used Essex yarn dyed black linen, which is the first time using linen in a quilt. I absolutely love the texture, and that the neutral isn't just a boring solid (though I still love a solid). I'm a little nervous because I started using 1/4" seams before I realized that the weave was really loose. I'm planning on just quilting it to death so there's no chance of critical fraying. And I didn't realize there was so much stretchiness in the fabric until I started pressing. Again, I'm going to quilt it to death, which solves all problems.
Last first, it's the first time my quilt math really worked out the first time. I was trying to figure out what pattern to use with these fabrics, and a quick Google search of Chicopee quilts brought up this
. It was perfect, but I wanted the color to be on the crosses, so it didn't make sense to center them in the middle of the block and have all the seams be linen to linen. So I changed the block to be a cross in the corner with two large borders of linen on top and a side. Little change, but I managed to calculate out everything, including seam allowances, and it worked the first time. Nothing ever works the first time for me!
So now I just have to quilt and bind it, but I'm not sure whether I want to use the backing options I already have, or search for something else. I'm letting it simmer for a while until the choice becomes clear.
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