When Bonnie posted the finishing directions for Celtic Solstice on New Year’s Day, there’s something about knowing I could finish that drove me a little crazy and made me actually finish the top. I think I did the blocks on January 1st and then pieced them into a center on the 2nd. And then I got it into my head that I was already heading to my friend Lynn’s house to long arm another quilt I had finished piecing on Saturday and if I just finished Celtic Solstice I could quilt that one too. So I stayed up until midnight Friday watching bad Tom Cruise movies on Netflix and pieced the rest of the top and back.
And then BAM. It took me two hours to load and quilt it – my version is the smaller one that measures 78×78″ (my outer border is a smidge bigger than Bonnie calls for).
I sort of can’t believe it’s done since it happened so quickly, but apparently it is! I used various blue strips for the binding to keep up the scrappy look, and hand stitched it while watching a movie last night, in time to show it off at my guild meeting this morning.
One of my favorite things about scrappy quilts is the serendipity of prints. Creep Yoda eyes just below Buzz, the mascot from Georgia Tech, my alma mater.
I will probably make another version of this quilt, possibly tweaking to switch the direction of the chevron blocks so it makes star points with the green instead of a diamond shape – that suggestion has been popping up on the Quiltville Facebook group.
You can check out the rest of the quilters’ progress through the linky on Bonnie’s website!