I picked this little (I am considering 35"x 43" to be little) beauty up from Bellwether Dry Goods a week ago and finished the binding over the weekend. When I dropped it off, I was thinking the simple block pattern would make a good utilitarian look but Dick Fries, who does the marking for Bellwether, had a much better vision. He didn't think I should waste the open space in this quilt on anything less than dynamic quilting patterns. He knows I like lots of quilting so he included half-inch spaced lines in the star blocks and outline quilting on all the squares. Dick's choice of quilting design turned a very ordinary top into something very special and this will be a quilt I truly treasure.
I often pick patterned fabrics for my quilt backs but looking at old quilts made me realize that I was missing a wonderful opportunity to showcase the quilting. I almost like the back of this quilt as much as the front. It hangs really straight and I cannot wait to add a sleeve and get this little treasure on my wall.
Disclaimer: I have no commercial relationship with Bellwether besides that of a satisfied customer. I love the work they do and Jean and Dick are really, really nice to work with. For me, the ultimate in quilting is hand quilting. Unfortunately, I don't have the time (and some might say the talent) to do much of it myself. I love being able to work with a service that listens to what I like and translates it into something even better than I imagine.