Wedding Quilt for Susan and Alex

My friend Susan has been extremely dear and important to me since high school.  She left the midwest for beautiful Portland, Oregon several years ago so I don't see her nearly often enough.  She has always had impeccable taste, so when she got married, I wanted to give myself the challenge of making a quilt she could love and that would look great in her gorgeous Portland bungalow. 

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Susan had expressed admiration for the work of the Hopewell Studios.  I took direct inspiration from their quilts, but tried to put myself in there too.  I had a few goals for the making of this quilt.  I wanted to shop strictly from my stash.  I started out strong in this regard, but ended up buying some additional neutral solids.  I also wanted to work ruler-free for this quilt. I almost accomplished that, but did need to do a bit of measuring to successfully piece the mitered corners.  And I threw in a few orphan blocks that were originally constructed using rulers.  Everything else was improv with no rulers! 

 Improv in progress.

Improv in progress.

 Working out the composition on the design wall.  

Working out the composition on the design wall.  

I began quilting this on my domestic Juki, with a mix of straight lines and curved lines.  I wasn't thrilled with how the quilting looked, and I didn't enjoy shoving this big quilt through my machine.  I decided to add some big hand quilting.  I always love the look of big-stitch hand quilting, and sometimes use it to (hopefully) compensate for the shortcomings of my machine quilting skills.

 Quilting and binding detail.  

Quilting and binding detail.  

 Quilting detail.  

Quilting detail.  

As always, I would change a few things if I could, but overall I'm happy with how this quilt turned out.  I know it's already getting a lot of good use in Portland.  Susan said it was the perfect weight for summer, which makes me happy. 

 Back of quilt  

Back of quilt