I am a quilter - a recently-retired woman living with my husband in the Nebraska Panhandle. We are surrounded by beautiful semi-arid ranch country, and treeless hills and fields under incredibly wide blue skies. We are located far from the upheaval found often in large towns or cities. I am blessed to have delicious time to quilt and to appreciate my peaceful moments in an unpeaceful world.
This is just finished this morning, after taking out 4 blocks of quilting in the black. I had several events of poor tension, then poor thread choice, and twice I didn't like what I'd quilted, so for now, there is NO quilting in the black pointy parts. The backing is light, while those black zingers caused a LOT of show-through, or maybe you call them "pokies".
This quilt is a little bit more vibrant than the photos - it IS vibrant!
For months, I had been slobbering at Amazon.com over a book called String Revival, and this was the cover quilt. Wow, I pressed my clicker so fast whtn I saw it! It was backordered for MONTHS!!! In the meantime I prepared my fabrics, foundation paper (phone book pages), already had my strips cut, so when the book FINALLY arrived, putting it together was a snap. The black starts as a template that come to a point about 1/2 inch inside the intersection, so it's on target every time. When the book arrived, it included 30 minute DVD as well, with some video of making 3 of the projects. THAT was a nice surprise.
I quilted the borders differently. The first inside border was a geometric squares/rectangles, the next was loopy with occasional flowers, and the last wider black border was a kind of innie/outie replicating (IMHO) what I had done in the interior. This approach adds to the scrappiness and also helps to keep up my quilting skills.