The happy birthday picnic quilt is finished, finito, done Done DONE!!
The quilt layout if a riff on Oh Fransson's Mixtape quilt pattern. I modified the pattern to fit a 25 block format with each block measuring nine inches square. The finished size is around 60 inches. The fabric is Laurie Wisbrun's Tufted Tweets collection purchased from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics. Isn't it just fantastic?? Big heart for this line -- so happy! I made an effort not to be overly picky about cutting the pieces perfectly, but must admit to recutting a few of the particularly wonky block components.
I went back and forth on the sashing color, and settled on Kona Cotton in medium gray. The quilt is bound in a green pinstripe fabric that I thought was from the Nicey Jane line from Heather Bailey, but that doesn't seem to be the case since I can't find it anywhere online Punctuation by American Jane for Moda in Tutor Stripe Green.
I kept the back simple, and used Kona Cotton in Coal -- a little darker than the front to (theoretically) hide grass stains.
I free-motion quilted this baby in medium-ish meander (while watching Buffy season 4 on netflix watch instantly -- woohoo!) using Aurifil 50 thread that matched the sashing. My free-motion quilting is getting better (knock wood). I think I have almost figured out how to avoid little jogs and wiggles when I stop and start -- it seems I have to stop/start stitching while I'm sewing the quilt away from me, not while moving sideways or bringing the quilt towards me.
Since this is supposed to be a picnic quilt, I also made a little tote to match. The pattern is from Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing book, and is called the Everything Tote Bag (as I mentioned in my previous post, check the errata!). I pieced a few scraps to make the detail on the front, and used the Kona cotton in Coal for the outside and Medium Grey for the lining of the bag (both left over from the project). It's pretty light duty, but I really like it.
I hope there's still enough weeks of good weather left for my friend to enjoy her gift!