Presenting Don't Panic, the quilt formerly known as Astro Quilt. You may recall this one is for my astronomer husband. Since I have no imagination at all when it comes to naming my quilts, he was charged with naming it himself before he could take possession of it. He came up with a few obscure astronomical terms but decided it was a fun quilt and deserved a whimsical name. Split Infinitive was a contender (a rather geeky reference to Star Trek, ask me if you want to know more), but last night after I finished binding the quilt "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" came up in conversation and the catch phrase "Don't panic" won out. It seems appropriate, since I had a few early setbacks working on this one, and hubby can always go hide under it when grant proposals or whatever other work stresses pile up.
I had planned to finish this one quickly by tying it, but decided to hand quilt it instead. The whole background is quilted with patterns like you see above. I'm quite pleased with the way it tuned out, even though it took a few months longer than anticipated to finish.
I even like the back. Piecing the back wasn't planned. When I decided to add borders the quilt grew bigger than the backing fabric I had bought, so I added scraps from the front. The quilting pattern really pops on the back. The green is brighter in person than I managed in the photos, so it's really quite a striking, cheerful backing.
So now my UFO list looks like this:
1. Astro quilt - all quilted, just needs binding!
2. Mom's table runner and placemats - add borders and quilt
3. Hearts quilt - still quilting, still quilting...
4. Swap blocks quilt - add borders and prairie points then set aside till my freemotion skills improve
5. Leaf quilt - add prairie points and quilt (machine or hand? haven't decided yet)
6. Whimsy - lots of piecing still
7. Hawaiian quilt pillow - started this in 1995 and found it again just today!