I had intended this quilt to my first finish of the year, but I got hung up. Honestly I really really disliked it for awhile. But that was when there were only about 2 rows up on the design wall and it just looked...weird. I don't know how to describe it. I wondered, are the squares too big? But I was too far into piecing it to really break them up. (My simple patchwork quilt method involves making 4-patches then sewing them into rows, then joining the rows. Kind of hard to change your mind when you've got most of your quilt already in rows!)
Once the top was pieced I was once again stuck on how to finish it. On one hand I really wanted to try quilting an orange peel with my walking foot (another version can be found here). But in the end I went with simple quilting, because I wanted it to be a simple quilt, plus I was a little lazy and didn't want to make a template and mark the whole thing (and how to you mark something with every color and shade under the sun?). Plus I've always wanted to quilt a simple patchwork quilt this way, so now I can mark that off my list.
I participated in a Liberty of London Bricks (aka 5" x 10" rectangle) swap last year. I've been drooling over Liberty since I discovered it, but it is soooooo $$$$ I didn't know how I'd ever manage to make a quilt out of it. The Brick Swap gave me the best opportunity, so I signed up for 2 slots which would results in Four 5" squares of each print. I ended up leaving out the brown/taupe colorway because it just didn't seem to fit.
I don't know if you've ever felt Liberty fabrics, but when I got mine I was a little surprised. They are pretty thin. On the lighter prints I could totally see my ironing board cover through them. Definitely not what I expected for the price. Because of this, I decided I wanted to use a flannel for the back, give the quilt a little more weight and coziness.
I was so happy to see this lovely shade of Sketch Flannel at my LQS (not known for having the trendy stuff - seriously they had no idea what Vintage Modern was *gasp* - and when I took the quilt top in with me I had to give them a major lesson in what Liberty of London was.) It's quite vibrant, but that shade is in a few of the prints and I really love how it brings the whole quilt to life!
The quilt measures 57" x 61" perfect for cuddling. I used Warm & White batting, and for once line dried the quilt after washing.