This 60×80″ quilt, affectionally known as the beast, was my last finish of 2013 as a gift my parents. It is also my largest quilt to date.
I completed it less than 24 hours before we left for KY to spend Christmas at my parents house. I cannot tell you how elated I was to have it finished! I started it Thanksgiving weekend and worked steadily on it until December 21st. The pattern is Sassy Frass by Sweet Jane. I started enlarging the pattern by beginning with 6″ squares to better show of the fabric and it grew from there.
I used Waterfront fabric in the Breeze palette for the blocks and my favorite Platinum Quilter’s Linen for the background. It is backed in navy Kona with a strip of the white bridges running through the center and finished with a scrappy binding featuring the fabric from the center blocks. The center blocks are quilted in navy Aurifil in a wavy pattern and the gray runs are straight line quilted in gray Aurifil.
For the center block quilting, I hand tied off each set of threads at the top and bottom of each line. I wasn’t sure if the backstitching on my machine would lock in the threads enough.
I’m wondering, do you backstitch on open blocks or do you tie off individually?