This quilt has been finished (and in use) for quite some time, but I never did write a post about it. (I did show two photos of the unquilted top here.)
Many moons (okay about a year) ago I was a member of the A Piece of Work quilting bee. For my month I chose to do a quilt using the Map of the States block tutorial written by Elizabeth - who blogs over at Oh Fransson. (Cool blog. You should go and visit.)
I loved the look of the greens and grays that she chose to use in the tutorial. I went a similar route, but also added a bit of orange just to keep things interesting. (Aren’t I edgy?)
I asked the group members to make me any size of block, rectangle or square, and then frame them in a thin black strip. After I received the blocks I sashed them all with some Kona Ash.
For the backing I used this gorgeous green and gray print from Kate Spain. I believe it is from her Verna line.
The quilt is quilted in your basic meandering pattern. I thought about doing some straight line quilting, but I felt that all of the angular lines of the blocks needed some softening. I love the end result. You know, it never ceases to amaze me what the quilting step of quilt construction can do for the overall look of a quilt.
Binding can also have an impact and it does in this quilt. For some of my projects I prefer to have the binding visually melt into the quilt top. For this one, I wanted a nice black frame for my quilt – to compete with the frames that are around each block. The fabric I used for the binding is from the Haunted Mansion line by Sanae.
The finished quilt measures 58” x 67” and it is currently folded over the back of my favorite reading chair. A big thank you goes out to all of the women of the APOWA Bee that helped create one of my favorite quilts!