12 January 2014

Skill Builder BOM 2013 Finish up

I did include this quilt as a finish for 2013 since I did get the top done and in my book that is a finish. I tired to finish this up before the New Year but I did not like the backs of my blocks. So I designed a back for it but ran out of the grey tonal background fabric.  I am excited that I was able to find some more at the Joann's a few towns over. 

Here is what my back looks like before I added on the boarders. I love the quilting but just did not think the backing fabric out fully. Oh well sometimes it is like that.  

I will stitch in the joining fabric area to attach it to the new backing that I am made for this quilt. I glued in 1/2" stripes of batting between the blocks on the fabric that connected the blocks together.  

For the borders I did not follow Alyssa's instructions exactly, just because I like mine to be a bit different that's just how I am some times. I also used my longarm to quilt the boarders just to save some time.  I do like how the whole thing has turned out.  I made a scrappy binding from all the fabric I used on the top.  

Front

Back
My long arm does not have channel locks to keep the wheels in place to do straight line quilting but i used these orange quilter clamps. That I found at Create for Less website. 
I clamped wheels on both sides of the machine.  It works OK  but I think the vibration from quilting moves them a bit.  I did straight line quilting on the joining fabric between blocks and then where I joined the boarders together to attach the back to the front. 

Here is some close-up shots of my boarder quilting. 



I was not going to add more batting to this quilt but I just was in the routine of loading the quilt and well this one ended up with double batting.  It is very warm and heavy.  The finished size is 78" x 92".

Skill Builder 2013 was such a great quilt along and I am so glad that I joined in.  Alyssa did such a wonderful job with the tutorials and videos. I have learned some many new things this year.  It is still available on her web page pileofabric.com.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. 

Cheers, 
Abby

5 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. I feel so inspired. :)

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  2. The quilting is so pretty! I bet you'll be glad you have that double batting with the way the weather has been.

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  3. I like the grey tonal fabric a lot. It really speaks volumes with all the skill builder blocks you created! The quilting is gorgeous throughout!

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  4. I adore your color palette and the border quilting looks wonderful!

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  5. I see angela's free motion quilting book and some of my other favorites! I like to keep them handy when i'm quilting or designing the quilting before I start working on it. : )

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