|Here is the backing.|
|Close up...you can actually see some of the quilting stitches!|
|And a close up of my "label." I had a couple of leftover stars from the borders, so I thought this was a perfect use for them.|
It's been a fun journey making this quilt. When I started it I was killing time during my final quarter of college. I had to rent a car just to get to the quilt shop to pick out my fabrics. This was the first quilt (and really first project at all) that I made with my own sewing machine, which I received as a graduation present when I got my bachelor's degree in 2010.
I drew out this very shoddy version of the design on my computer to test out different color and border ideas.
During this period I was in a teeny tiny graduate housing apartment. My room was a little hovel with this horrible slanted roof, like a bad attic room. It had no overhead lights. (And this was in the brand new dorm! What they were thinking not putting any overhead lights in the bedrooms I just do not know). I actually sewed many of these nine-patch squares by sitting on the floor and placing my machine in front of me on a crate.
|Here is the background assembled. I had to lay it out on a sheet because the floor in that apartment was not to be trusted.|
|And here it is with the borders being assembled. (This time I think I vacuumed really well before putting it down).|
I finished the quilt top shortly before graduation, then set it aside while I dealt with finding a place to both live and work.
Now, pretty much a full year after the quilt top was first assembled, I have my own sewing area in my own apartment, and a car to take me to the shop whenever I want. I've worked very hard on my FMQ and was able to free motion quilt this entire piece, something I absolutely wouldn't have been able to do a year ago. It's been a fun journey to make this quilt and to think back on how much I've grown as both a quilter and a person since I first started it!