I've been racing against time working to finish my March Goal for OMG,and I've managed to do it, with just enough time to get out and take a photo before the sun went down.
I fell in love with Alexandra Legerwood's Shoo Fly quilt when I saw it in the Spring 2012 Special Issue of Stitch magazine. It's a pretty big quilt finishing at 60" by 90". I'm pretty sure I started putting it together right away....so this quilt has been 4 years in the making. I made the top pretty quickly but it languished in the UFO pile until my daughter claimed it a couple of years ago and asked me to finish it for her.
My daughter has very specific fabric tastes and I had a hard time finding a backing fabric on sale that I thought she would like. In the end I chose this butterfly fabric because I felt it coordinates with the front but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have been her choice.
The quilting on the original quilt was outstanding. I think it was done by Angela Walters and that made it very hard for me to get around to quilting it. But I pushed myself forward knowing that my daughter not be judgemental about the quilting. I watched the Modern Quilt Guild seminar on perfectionism and procrastination during the time period that I was working on this and I think it helped me to keep on moving. I'm pleased with how it turned out.
This quilt has some of my favourite fabrics in it, including these fun little monkeys,
so I'm glad this quilt is staying in the family and that I will have visiting rights.
This quilt is my fourth finish for the first quarter of the Year of Lovely Finishes. My original post is here. It's also my OMG for March so I'm linking up with Heidi of Red Letter Quilts for One Monthly Goal. I'm really grateful to both of these linkups for helping to keep me on track. I'm also linking up with TGIFF which is hosted this week by Fiona of Celtic Thistle Stiches , and because I just noticed the link up I'm linking with Anne of Fret Knot Yourself for the April Kaleidoscope of Butterflies.