Every time I set out to make a quilt I try to learn a new technique or lesson from it. I learned FOUR things from making this quilt:
ONE: If a pattern is designed to be paper pieced, don't ssume you can short-cut it and make yards of stripes to set together. It is nearly impossible to make the strips piece accurately enough and you have to calculate in the 'takeup' of the bend of the fabric of every seam. The result of this experiment is a poorly pieced wall hanging from the center motif that I will finish up someday for my OWN wall.
TWO: I learned how to paper piece. Very time consuming but oh-so accurate and satisfying when all the seams match perfectly.
THREE: I tried out a new block construction for the wide border that is called a 10-minute block and goes together like magic. I can see myself making a whole quilt out of these blocks someday.
FOUR: I learned how to make and quilt a smaller quilt and then attach batting, backing, and borders to expand it to a larger size. This was necessary because the throat of my sewing machine is small and this way I could work on a smaller size for the quilting and then quilt the borders after they were attached.
I made this quilt for my son and daughter-in-law for their anniversary. They are lovers of all things Celtic.
So, here is the wide view of the queen-sized quilt I call Celtic Dreams:
Here is a closeup of the paper-pieced section:
And a closeup of the 10-minute block border:
I got the pattern for the feature part of the quilt from www.QuiltersCache.com. It is a pattern she calls Irish Plaid (http://www.quilterscache.com/I/IrishPlaidBlock.html). The 10-minute block is from Design Originals and I learned how to make it on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=sgAZ3_xdkGw
I am SO pleased with this project... and glad it is done!