I challenged myself in a few ways with this quilt. First, I used a block of my own design.
What should I call this block?
Second, I wanted to make a quilt that could be used rather than hung (so, bigger than a wallhanging). That was challenging because the lovely packet of free fabric was composed of just eight Fat Eighths. I had auditioned a 3x3 layout for these 9" finished blocks, but the resulting quilt would've been smaller than I wanted. Challenge 2 b. was that I didn't want to buy any new fabric for this project. So I went back to the drawing board for the layout, and shopped my stash as well. I pulled out some yardage of Kona Stone that worked quite well. An off-centre cross layout was what I landed on, hence its name "A Cross in the Road."
Final dimensions are around 53" x 64"
Thirdly, by adding in all that negative space in the design, I challenged myself by extension to doing something creative with the quilting. I spent time with Angela Walters, in person at QuiltCon and virutally via her book and Craftsy classes, and just dove in. I'm absolutely thrilled with the results. Jojo behaved beautifully and the combination of Aurifil 50 wt and a 90/14 topstitch needle was just the ticket. The FMQ went very, very smoothly. Here are the highlights:
Some fun texture
A fun and very easy feather motif
I find this easier than a curved stipple because you can cross over whenever/wherever and it doesn't matter!
My first official feathers - they're easier than I thought!
The quilt is backed with some more stash fabric as well as a half-yard of the gorgeous large-scale pick-up trucks/farm print that I caved and bought along with some haystack in blue for the binding.
While there are yet more photos in my Flickr photostream, I will add this one for your viewing pleasure. I had a photography "assistant" today when I photographed this quilt. I am completely biased, but I sure do think she's adorable.
It wasn't raining - the umbrellas/parasols were for imaginative play purposes.
All in all, a very "challenging" and satisfying finish. I plan to link up with Fabric Tuesday!