Double shabam! Another finished quilt! This one has sat around without binding for a few weeks. I made it for my husband and while it's not necessarily "manly", I don't think anything about it is soft or feminine. The main focus was on the color scheme. My son's shirt happened to match, so I let him get in this pic (like I had a choice).
I used the Turning Twenty pattern (but did the 12 fat quarter version), which I love! The instructions for cutting and constructing these large-scale blocks goes so fast, and I like any pattern that can show off a lot of the fabric design.
This quilt is full of whimsy and nature. It has birds, birdcages, birds IN birdcages, hummingbirds, moths, bees, guitars and owls. I love every single print in this quilt.
I wasn't sure about this binding. In fact, I actually started binding it with Kona Ash. I was attempting to machine bind, even though I know I don't like it (machine binding, that is), and it got pretty ugly. I ripped it all out and rather than go to Joann's and buy more Ash, I grabbed this really bright Bella turquoise I had on hand. I didn't have quite enough, so I threw in a couple of scrap pieces from the quilt. Each one ended up near a corner. If you look on the right edge of the quilt in this picture you can see where one just happened to end up on the same fabric print. I like that.
I quilted this with wonky lines about an inch apart and I LOVE it. My favorite so far. Actually, I quilted straight lines 2 inches apart with masking tape and then did a wonky line down the middle of each of those. I don't like marking lines on my quilts, so I'll pretty much always be using something else as a guide. This worked well, I think.
The backing is Kona Coal and I had planned to piece some of the scraps into the back, but I got lazy. No good excuse here, but I think there's plenty going on in front for interest. My husband seems to really like it; he slept with it all night <3