I finally finished this Denyse Schmidt's What a Bunch of Squares quilt. I've named it Beastie as it has tortured me continuously through the making process.
Blood was drawn, swears were uttered, cats and dogs were constantly being asked to get off of it and in the end after I put it away for a couple days, I was happy with it.
I love quilting, but really it is the sewing the pieces together that I love. I am sure I could learn to love the actual quilting and binding process if I just had some more darned space and a machine that could take a full sized quilt with out constantly breaking needles.
A great post here from Small Life blog on why she likes long arm machine quilting. I am already on board for trying it.
The top right hand square in the above photo is an example of a scrap block. I barely had enough fabric to make this quilt full sized. Also, I love having at least one section on a quilt be totally improvised.
The quilt is actually a double sided quilt. The other side was an idea from Bling on my Sewing Machine Blog.
Actually this side makes the whole thing a very fun four way quilt. See the quilt is actually a square- so it can be on a bed in at least 4 (really 8) different directions. I originally made the strippy side to be with vertical lines, but I realized that I could put it horizontally too.