I've been thinking about this neglected blog of mine, I've been planning to compose a post about trying to decide what to do with it, whether to continue or give it up entirely and just use instagram to share my quilting projects... but it's my Friday off today, it's finally sunny and, you know, I simply don't need a definite decision on this.
Instead, let me show you the I-don't-want-to-call-it-broken-wheel quilt:
The back is a simple one, but it shows the quilting nicely.
The first block I made for this quilt was 9", but after thinking it through and deciding 38 more blocks like this might be slightly too much, I used 12" blocks for the quilt top and incorporated the smaller one into the backing.
And then I took a big breath and decided to FMQ it densely, in, let's say, a free interpretation of paisley. It took me a few days and most of my treasured aurifil light grey spool, but I enjoyed it immensely. I was a bit worried that it might make the quilt a bit stiff, but it's actually still soft, nice and crinkly and I think it might be even more so after washing. (Washing has been postponed due to the weather, too. Uhm, not all the washing, you understand, just washing of this quilt.)
And yes, my FMQ skills are still far from perfect, and my stitch length is still something to work on, and the shapes could be rounder, but there are many places in this quilt I'm really proud of and, as I've already said, it's been pure joy to quilt it this way.
Incidentally, this is also the finish I was planning in my 2013 Finish-A-Long (Q3) extremely short list, which is one more reason for me to be happy with this quilt.
Edit: And since it's currently (and rather unexpectedly) my favourite quilt, I'm linking it up to the favourite quilt linky at Mary's.