*This quilt is on my Finish A Long Quarter 4 list - here are my original goals. I'm linking up to The Littlest Thistle!*
After pondering and searching Pinterest/blogs for inspiration, I found my friend Debbie's Postcard Quilt-A-Long tutorial. Debbie's quilt is so gorgeous and well done! This quilt design was perfect because it allowed me to show off the gorgeous large prints. You all know I'm a huge fan of pretty much everything Anna Maria Horner makes - so I was itching to really do the prints justice. I decided to mix things up a bit from Debbie's quilt; I changed the line that separates the prints every two columns. You can see above that from left to right, the line color changes from green to black to light gray.
I pieced the backing with a mishmash of AMH voiles that all coordinated nicely together. I originally bought that bottom right pink flower print for an infinity scarf, but I knew I'd get more out of it on the quilt. :) It's filled with bamboo batting by Quilter's Dream. Thanks to all of your suggestions on here and on Instagram, I own the softest quilt in the world! I bound it in a dark purple Free Spirit solid (sorry, I don't know the color) and a couple peeks of Alison Glass's purple Field Day print. I chose quilting cotton for the binding because I think it will hold together better than a voile binding would.
I didn't want to sew on a piece of quilting cotton for the label, so I hand embroidered the binding before I machine sewed it on. I would definitely do this again in the future - although I'm not very fast, so it took more than an hour!
If you've never made an all-voile quilt, it's definitely something for your quilting bucket list! It's the perfect quilt for when you want a quilt but not something too warm or heavy. I've been using it all week and I'm so happy. It was a bit difficult to cut (it's slippery) but use a sharp blade and go slowly - I wrote up more tips for sewing with voile when I first started this project. I actually found it easy (maybe TOO easy) to free motion quilt - I had to slow down a lot. Also, I didn't plan on quilting "densely" but I ended up doing so anyway (like with Breeze) simply because I just love to quilt. It did not make a difference at all in the softness of the final quilt.
I named the quilt "Postcards from Prague" for three reasons: a) the Postcard pattern (see more beautiful versions here) b) Prague is one of my favorite cities in the world and c) it reads very "bohemian" to me.
Here, I tested the quilt before it was actually done. I asked my husband Mike to pass me a quilt, and when he gave me one of the finished quilts on the couch, I shook my head and pointed to this one. He laughed and took this picture. I just couldn't wait to use it!
I love this quilt so much. I just got a new haircut so it seemed right to pose with it! :) Thanks, as always, to Mike for the awesome photography. He's the best!
Linking up to: Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, Crazy Mom Quilts, TGIFF