Finished up the picnic quilt to donate to our Lake Association for their picnic this weekend. And of course in the process I tried and learned something new.
First the photo of the finished quilt...
The pattern is Via Air Mail by Anita Peluso and published in the July/August 2013 issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine. Though I used fewer blocks to get the size I needed, and used blue instead of red for the border and back because that's what I had on hand, the quilt is quite like the original, right down to most of the quilting. Pretty unusual for me to stick that closely to a pattern!
I have had trouble with my free motion quilting whenever I round a tight corner. The bottom tension pulls too tight and though the front looks great, the back does not! This time I tried out a suggestion of taping a business card over the feed dogs and leaving them up rather than lowering the feed dogs while free motion quilting. Solved the problem completely! I will surely do that again.
The fabrics are all cozy flannels from my stash. Pulling them out has made me realize that I need to use up some more flannel. I have two boxes overflowing. I love this quilt so much I might see if I can make another similar one to keep, or be ahead of the game for next year's picnic. But I am out of the cream. Might have to substitute snowflakes!