"Oh, Mexico Beach"
86" x 86"
Also known as "Shore Birds", and at times "The Beast", this quilt is finally finished. Better photos will be taken when my new camera arrives and I find a non windy day to hang it outside and take pictures.
The skewed edges you see are caused by a slight breeze when I took this photo early this morning. Prior to this, the border edges were just plain wavy. Made me seasick. Now, I know that the theme of this quilt is ocean and beach, but those kinds of waves are not desirable.
This set me into a panic. Who knew you needed to block a quilt after it's been quilted? I always skip those chapters in my books. With some excellent advice from Diane Gaudynski, hours of consternation (get my quilt WET?) and finally, just using common sense (as Diane advises), I accomplished what I set out to do. After removing my first binding, blocking the entire quilt - twice - squaring and remarking a new outer edge, reattaching a new binding and doing a final block, it is as square and lovely as can be..
I first blogged about my inspiration and fabric choices for this quilt in January, 2012. This is my Big Quilt for the year. For the past 7 years, it has been my goal and pleasure to complete one large quilt each year. Of course there have also been many small projects and patterns completed, and oh yes... a book written. But I always have one major quilt in the works. Most of these quilts are professionally long arm quilted. "Oh, Mexico Beach" was quilted by Lisa Arndt.
Why do I make these big quilts? First of all, I love looking at big quilts. And I love the challenge of designing and completing these quilts which each tell a story about something in my life. I guess they are big stories to tell.
And for 2013? That quilt is still just in my head.