Way back in May of last year the Grand River Modern Guild decided to make quilts for the Ronald McDonald House in Hamilton. One of the guild members, Lisa, noted that all the quilts where very girl themed and she thought we should make some more neutral or boy friendly quilts. So we all brought some fabric to a meeting and we set about making versions of Rainbow Round the Cabin from Krista Hennebury's book Make it Take It. Krista is an amazing modern quilter who blogs at Poppyprint.
Nine quilters worked at sewing the logs on the quilt, a couple of quilters trimmed and a couple of quilters pressed.
How this works is you start with the centre and sew on a strip. It get trimmed to size and passed to the next quilter. So nine quilts where made simultaneously getting passed around the room. It's a fun group activity and when your quilt gets back to you it's a bit of a surprise!
Because Lisa (there are 3 Lisa's in our guild) was collecting donation quilts over the year there was no rush to quilt it, so of course it sat in my pile till the last minute. Inspiration hit after looking at the Quilt Con calendar of classes and seeing that Christina Camelli will be teaching several classes. This spurred me to watch my Craftsy classes and practice a bit.
I decided to further practice my free motion quilting on this quilt, trying out different motifs in the different strips. I'm sharing lots of pictures to show you the quilting. I'm most comfortable quilting from the left side of the quilt to the right side and quilting gentle curves, but I bravely practiced quilting from the top of the quilt down and straight lines and boxy shapes.
I'm pleased with the result. Quilting on this scale is challenging. My stitch size is still all over the place but I did find that the coordination of hand and foot improved greatly by the time I got to the end of the quilting.
This is my third finish for the 2nd quarter of the 2018 Finish Along. The original list is here. Now I'm headed over to Lisa's ( a different Lisa) blog Lisa in Port Hope for the TGIFF link up.