I got Cake (aka Hope is a Four Letter Word) back from the longarm machine quilter Natalie Carlton. I am so impressed with her quilting. She doodled in each block with thread the color of the background. There are amazing patterns but the letters and the words are still the star. I asked her to leave the threads hanging for me to pull to the back, knot, and bury.
I actually enjoyed the process of working with the threads. It gave me a chance to carefully look and admire each block.
and the final look:
I'm finishing the binding and should get the quilt into the washer this afternoon. I'm just the teensiest bit worried that one of these fabrics will run, but I'll add two boxes worth of Color Catchers and hope that does the trick.
I'm really happy with this quilt. The quilters who made blocks for it are all amazing - thank you. The next time you see it, fingers crossed, it will be in a book.
I'm thinking of the next book already. I'm slow, it could take me ages to get it done, especially if I do lots of quilts that I want to hand-quilt. The next one needs to be without letters (although a very few wordy quilts could be in the gallery). Without knowing the specifics of what would be in the book, which UnRuly topic immediately grabs your interest? Halloween or Houses (with Gwen's blessing)? I can see fun either way. If neither grabs you, what would? There's a poll over in the sidebar, please vote. I'd love to hear your comments, especially if you pick "other."
I gotta get back to work. Ya'all take care.