Construction Complete

IT’S FINISHED!

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And literally in the nick of time, too.  I finished the binding mere minutes before I had to go out, but it’s done.  🙂  There’s some bits I would change and some bits I’m not happy with (aren’t there always?) but on the whole I’m pretty damn proud of it.

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The backing is a Marvel fabric I found in Birmingham, which I just couldn’t resist, and I used left-over yellows from the piecing to make a scrappy binding.  It finishes at approximately 36 x 48”, which seems to have become my preferred size for baby quilts.  Taken all together, it probably took me less than a week to make, but I was lucky I had the chance to really focus on it and keep the momentum going, or it would never have gone done in time.

Some of my favourite bits:

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Gotham’s graffiti artists are an educated bunch!  😀  I found this equation fabric in a shop in Beaumaris on Anglesey and couldn’t resist scooping it up.

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I’m pleased with how this tower came out, it was a bit that was really bothering me about how it would go together and it changed shape quite a bit during the design phase.  It was paper-pieced and ended up working well, even with tiddly pieces.

Awkward bits:

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Right in the middle there is probably the most awkward partial seam in the whole quilt.  It definitely needs sorting if there’s ever a Gotham 2.0.  (It’s not stained, that’s just drips from the iron.)

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Perhaps designing several blocks of 1/4 x 1/2” finished bits was not the best idea.  I know right?!  Who knew?!  It came close to working but isn’t right, so I’d do that differently next time.

For the quilting, I didn’t really have time to do anything terribly fancy (and I didn’t want to fight the busy buildings), so I ended up with organic straight lines for pretty much everything.  I used different shades of grey Guetermann polyester on the buildings, working mostly vertically but also following the shapes of roofs as applicable, the bat signal light effect was done with variegated yellow cotton from YLI and the sky was horizontal lines in blue polyester.  I used Superior’s Bottom Line in light grey for all of the back, so that it would hopefully not detract too much from Iron Man et al.  Mostly everything was fine, although I did struggle with a bit of puckering and shifting when it came time to quilt the sky, especially towards the top, which was extremely annoying.  I suspect an issue with my pinning, or perhaps it all got loosened up when I was shifting the quilt about during the building quilting (I used the walking foot almost exclusively).  So, things to work on.  Always things to work on!  🙂  But this one definitely counts as a triumph for me, especially given how much I had to hurry to get it done.

Linking up with Let’s Bee Social, Needle & Thread Thursday and TGIFF as and when they go live.  Thanks for looking!  🙂

18 thoughts on “Construction Complete”

  1. Your Gotham quilt is sooo impressive! A total triumph, I would say! All those incredible details, including the 1/4″ windows and the intelligent graffiti artists are so amazing! Will you be developing a pattern for this? If you do, I’d definitely purchase it! Pinned it to Quilt, Quilts, Quilts!

    1. Thank you so much for the comment and the pin, Lara! 🙂 I have been thinking about making a proper pattern from it, while it’s still fresh in my mind, though of course I would have to remove the Batman symbol because I don’t want chased by angry copyright lawyers! 😉 Some bits do need some tweaking to make construction smoother – it worked, but there were points where I had “What was I thinking?” moments!

  2. Fantastic finish! I shared this with my husband who gives it a “really cool!” I can’t believe you did this in one week! It is a treasure for sure.

    1. Thank you Karen and Karen’s husband! 🙂 I still can’t quite believe I got it done in time either, but it helped that I had the house to myself for most of it with only the cat and the guinea pigs for company, so I could be very Sewing! fixated. That’s not a chance I get often, lol!

  3. awesome! Zowie! Wow! (insert other batmanisms)

    My husband is an engineer and I wanted to make something for him with that formula fabric. I showed it to him, and he shrugged.
    Guess he’d rather see guitars or runners, lol. I like it anyway but I don’t write formulas in my day to day work life. Your city is terrific. Thanks for sharing the process. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

    1. Thanks LeeAnna! 😀

      RE equations – I think most of those are legit, I’m a chemist and prefer inorganic chemistry, but some of them look familiar. I get terribly excited by sciencey/mathsy fabric, but I can understand why someone might not want to snuggle under their day job! 🙂

    1. Thank you very much, Renee! 🙂 Bizarrely, I think I would have found applique harder! Well. Maybe not if I used bondaweb, but then I don’t much like the feel of it afterwards. The Batman symbol is done like that and it’s a lot “stiffer” than the rest of the quilt.

    1. Thanks so much Anne! <3 I'm still a bit astonished by it, I'll be honest! Loved what I could see of your Crayola Sunset, by the way, but I'll have to have a proper look when I'm not on Britain's suckiest internet connection. 🙂

  4. This is am amazing quilt! There’s so much detail. The parts you mentioned not liking are totally not noticeable in the finished quilt. Even after your pointing them out when I looked at the whole quilt I had to search to find them. I think it’s just wonderfully amazing.

    Oh, and I wanted to say how much I love your little gold/yellow emblem (or whatever it’s called) on your blogger profile. Beautiful.

    1. Gosh, thank you Nancy! I suppose it’s the quilter’s curse – you have to spend a lot of time looking at it all close up while piecing and quilting, so by the time you’re done you’ve spotted all the iffy bits, lol! Despite that, I was really pleased with this one. 🙂

      Aww thank you! That’s a mini quilt I made for a forum challenge with a theme of 100 things, so it’s 10 x 10 squares all cut from assorted charm squares, then I decorated it with metallic thread, hand quilting and beads. It was really fun to make. 🙂

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