Well. It's done. Fresh out of the dryer. All soft and snuggly. And really wrinkly. THAT is a really good sign.
I got a call Saturday afternoon from my quilter saying that my Fig Tree quilt was FINALLY done. I asked her if she loved it and she said, "Well, it's not like the picture you gave me, but I absolutely love it!" I had given her a picture from the book I got this pattern from and asked her to do it exactly like the picture. I guess it wasn't working out so good [she had to unpick twice], so she ended up making an executive decision and did it a completely different way. My husband kind of got me psyched out when I told him what she said. I was so worried the whole 15 minute drive over to her house. I thought FOR SURE I would not be happy [I am very picky]. I was getting prepared to have some "words" about how she didn't do what I specifically asked her to do, but I was so shocked when I saw it! It was absolutely beautiful - tight quilting, beautiful scroll work, everything. It took me a few minutes to take it all in. I was so relieved that I gave her a big hug! When I walked into my house a little while later everyone saw my big smile and knew that all was well.
I knew I wanted a really amazing quilting design that would make the back be just as beautiful as the front. That's why I opted for a basic cream solid for the backing. It really shows off the quilting.
I chose this green/cream polka dot by Fig Tree for the binding - it wasn't too dark but still had some contrast.
I've always loved Joana's designs and fabrics, but this is the first quilt that I've done using them. I think it turned out really sweet and so I'm a little sad that it will be at Just Sew for a while [Kits are available there & they do ship if you're interested?!?].
Also, I am happy to inform some of you that I am back in the saddle as far as printing my patterns goes. Over the last couple of months I have run into some problems with my cover sheets. It was so frustrating that I started thinking that maybe it wasn't worth it so I had sort of mentally gave up. I think with this first Monday of the New Year I am feeling recharged. I sent some newly edited pictures to the printer and if they aren't light enough then they will just have to fix them for me. Either way, I am hoping to print them with my next pay check so look for some giveaways in the next couple of weeks. [I am kind of embarrassed to even say that again, because I know I have been saying that for forever, but I really think this is it!]