March OMG – Regatta Quilt Finished
I am thrilled to share that we have met our March OMG (one-monthly-goal). This is the third month this year that we have met the goal. Thank you to Beth at Elm Street Quilts for hosting this monthly link up! January 1st we shared a no-fuss, no-stress, quilt at your own pace sew along for the Regatta Quilt. You can find details and a link to the pattern in that post link. We had quite a few participants, and we have shared a few updates since then: Regatta Quilt Sew Along – Update #1, Regatta Quilt Sew Along Update #2 and Update #3 Regatta Quilt Sew Along and most recently Update #4 – Regatta Quilt Sew Along. I would call it successful sew along! We will have one last update this summer to wrap up as many as possible, and to start another low-key sew along.
Regatta Building – the Early Steps
First, we selected our fabrics and Sue cut them into strips. Next, we had to organize them into color order. Thankfully Sue labeled them because I almost sewed them in the wrong order a few times!
We were stuck on the first six rows for a few weeks. That step required laying the strips out, measuring the two inch offset for each row, and pinning (for me) so they didn’t move or shift around. Once we (me) got the hang of things, it went together more quickly.
Regatta Smooth Sailing
More rows were sewn together and the quilt flimsy was coming together. Once it was all together it was time to find a backing and think about how to quilt. By now, other participants were sharing their finished pieces which gave me inspiration. Here’s the final strip being sewn on and the start of the quilting.
Regatta Quilt Safely Docked
One final pass on all of the 17 white strip rows with a different wavy stitch. This was what I had pictured in my head for the entire quilt all along. Oh well. It’ll be our little secret. I am really pleased with how it turned out. Honestly, the edge-to-edge wavy stitch was how Daniela quilted her original Regatta quilt. Waves almost go hand-in-hand with a Regatta, don’t you think? Here are the two different waves:
Before I share the final product, you need to see a shot of the backing called Oil Slick. We selected it because of the blues and certainly not the name! We used the same fabric for binding. I had to include a closeup of the waves after the quilt was washed and dried.
Last but not least, here is my favorite quilt holder doing her thing so I could take a photo. Thank you Daniela for sharing your wonderful vision with all of us! We will make another one sometime soon.
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