I finished my quilt! I was jabbering about picking my fabrics here. (Which I am sooo happy with!) I didn't do any quilting to speak of last summer, because I just think of it as mainly a winter sport. It's the perfect excuse to be bundled up underneath a big quilt, right?
Oh, and that big fluff of white fur in the left hand corner of this above picture is a dog's tail. Those three dogs of ours are always curious as to what we're up to, and they were probably even more curious as to why Abiah and I were out on a windy, cold day taking pictures of a blanket.
I decided to hand quilt all the wheels with coordinating pearl cotton. There are 16 wheels total, 2 of each color scheme. So I used 8 different pearl cotton threads. This was the first time I've ever used pearl cotton for hand quilting. At first it seemed a bit more difficult to start/stop them, but once I got used to it, I loved it. It's a great way to add extra color to your quilt!
I used one of my favorite Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi print on the back, a Denyse Schmidt leaf print for in-between the wheels on the front, and this Dowry fabric for the binding (that print makes a great binding, by the way).
I'm thrilled with the finished product, and it's now happily keeping me warm at night -- an absolute necessity along with my down comforter, two fuzzy blankets, and a sheet. See, I finished the quilt just in time for the cold weather to get here!
In other good news, Nanny's here! She flew in this weekend, so we have all week to play!