Straight & Arrow

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Happy Hump Day!  I've been busy with summer (and that day job) again, but I'm back today to share a recent finish and new publication.  Meet Straight & Arrow.  Below is a photo of the quilt top once I finished piecing it.  I used the two yellow ombre shades (mustard and honey) in V&Co's collection for Moda Fabrics.  It's feels so cheery and summery but at the same time perfect for fall with the various golden shades.  I'm thrilled that my sketch turned out even better than I had hoped thanks to these fabrics :) Straight & Arrow quilt top

I stewed over how to quilt this top for a fairly long time.  My gut said to do straight lines in opposite directions for the white background and the yellow arrows.  But I REALLY didn't want to have to mess with all of those starts and stops while quilting the yellow arrows!  In the end you can see I went with my gut :)  And although it took me what seemed like forever, it was so very worth it in the end.  I used my favorite Aurifil thread in white and a couple of shades of yellow that blended perfectly with the ombres.  The below is a photo from right after I finished quilting and took it off of the longarm.  I think you can still see some of the threads I needed to bury.  I've now learned the hard way that it's best to bury the threads as I go because whenever I thought I was done burying them, I'd hold the quilt up again and find more!

Straight & Arrow quilting

Here's a photo I shared on Instagram in April as I was adding the binding.  I used an Art Gallery Squared Elements print in yellow for the back that I had in my stash...perfect!

Binding Straight & Arrow

And here is a photo when I finished hand sewing the binding down.  As usual, it was late, dark and had to be shipped out the next day...so the lighting isn't the best, but you can see the entire quilt.

Straight & Arrow quilt

Straight & Arrow is featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting's Issue 38 which hits UK newsstands today (and US retailers in about 4-5 weeks).  Again, they make my quilts look SO GOOD!!

Published with permission from Love Patchwork & Quilting

If only I had the lighting, props and fancy cameras...maybe I could make more of my quilts look this good!  HA

Amanda