Mendocino. The colors and the whimsical mermaids are too much for me, I love them so much! I knew I wanted to feature the mermaids so I ended up deciding on scrappy log cabins with the mermaid prints as the centers.
There are eight Underwater Sister prints and four Presentation Mermaid prints, so I made twenty-four log cabin blocks, featuring each print twice. Each block varied in size, so putting it all together was a whole other adventure! I added strips to make each block 18" tall, then used strips between each block to make each row 96" wide. It was time consuming, but worth it!
Lindsay of Eileen Quilts! She did a fantastic job, and was patient and willing to help me make the right decisions on thread, density and design. Thank you for taking such good care of my quilt, Lindsay!
If you're thinking of getting one of your quilts professionally quilted, I encourage you to check out Lindsay's website! She was a real pleasure to work with! :)
Shout Color Catchers, I still had some color bleeding. It felt like the marker disaster all over again! I tried a few different things, including vinegar + detergent, Oxi-clean, and Oxi-clean Max Force spray. I think the spray helped the most. It isn't 100% gone, but it is much better than it was (in the above photo!). I'm not sure what I could have done differently to prevent this (apart from pre-washing all the fabrics). I may try using Synthapol when I wash my smaller Mendocino quilt. I'm okay with where it's at now, but there were definitely a lot of tears in the last 24 hours! Why is it always the favorite quilts that this happens to!?
For more photos of the finished quilt, the quilt-in-progress, blocks and fabrics, see here.