This quilt has been a journey. Not in a bad way, just that it took more time and effort than I had planned on. In the end, though, it’s been worth it.
This fabric is the Ludlow collection from Denyse Schmidt. I only bought a fat eighth bundle when I got it, and I had to cut into it for something else, so I didn’t have a lot of fabric to work with from the beginning. Then at the start, I misjudged how many blocks I would be able to make but soon realized I would need sashing if I wanted it to be at least a lap sized quilt, which I did.
I don’t mind the sashing because it’s different than what I normally do, and in this case, I think it really makes the blocks pop. But usually, in my opinion, using sashing often makes quilts look a bit more traditional than my personal taste.
In the end it all worked because I had the perfect backing fabric that I have been saving for something special.
This is Little Folks voile fabric from Anna Maria Horner. It feels so silky soft and I absolutely love the pattern. Plus it pairs perfectly with Ludlow. There was only one problem: my quilt was just a few inches too wide. (I had not thought ahead to backing fabric when I made the top.)
So…I took the entire quilt apart and trimmed the sashing. I took off a little bit more than I needed to and could have left the sashing a bit wider – I wish I wouldn’t have done that but oh well.
Then, after I put it all back together and had started quilting it, I realized I had an error in one of my blocks and had a piece turned the wrong way. Ugh! I would have left it but I hadn’t quilted that part yet and could still fix it. The perfectionist in me couldn’t let it go, so once again I took a section of this quilt apart and fixed the block. It would have bugged me forever if I had left it. It was a major pain but I’m glad I did it.
After all my fixes and reworking of this quilt, I love the finished product. It’s a perfect little lap quilt.