I finished tying and binding my Arrow Tail Quilt (links to full tutorial here) while we were vacationing at the beach. And, what a perfect quilt to bring home and usher in Fall. I almost enjoyed photographing this quilt as much as I did making it. I took these pictures on a giant wood pile in our back yard with the late afternoon Fall glow filtering through the trees. With a little help from some friends, I'm trying to work on my photography, and editing in Lightroom. I thought this quilt deserved a proper photo shoot, so I did my best!
For the quilt, I chose to use the beautiful collection Rosette by Juliana Horner (for Fabric Traditions for Joann Fabric stores). So many kind people have complemented me on the colors in this quilt. I so appreciate that, but all credit goes to the brilliant designer on this one. I liked this collection when I first saw it online, I loved it in person, and I absolutely adore it in this quilt.
I chose to hand tie this quilt instead of machine quilting it. I tied it with a creamy pearl cotton at every "point" and in the middle of every arrow tail piece. I thought tying would be so fast, but it actually took me a good bit of time. I'm kind of a slow poke though. At times I questioned whether it was the best way to quilt this, but in the end I love it. This is such a vibrant quilt and the fabric is very soft, so I love how the minimal quilting highlights these features.
The back of the quilt is my favorite print from the collection - Garden Main Floral. I bound it in the Posy Navy print from the collection which I think makes the whole quilt pop. This quilt is a large baby size measuring around 40" x 60". It is a nice lap quilt for me.
A few folks have joined the quilt a long on flickr and have gotten started on their own Arrow Tail Quilts. Yay! I pop over when I can to see if anyone has posted questions or comments, but please know that I'm just an email away if you have a question or want to share your progress. If anyone finishes a quilt using my tutorial, please, pretty please, share it with me (and kindly link to my tutorial). I'd love to share some finished Arrow Tail Quilts here. Happy Fall!