Sunday, February 21, 2021

A "Just Because" Finish

Look what I finished this weekend!

Rosie has given it her seal of approval, but you can't see the quilt vey well.  Let's try again.

I started and finished this top last spring but it kept being pushed to the end of the quilting queue, behind projects with deadlines and new pattern samples.  This month I finally acknowledged that there will always be new deadline projects in my business, and that I needed to let myself enjoy some "just because" sewing.  

So I did.  I gave myself permission to not work on the weekends and I just played. I really enjoyed this one. I seem to be in the mood for simplicity these days, so I started with very simple straight line walking foot quilting in the background to emphasize the scrappy squares. Here's the first pass in both directions.

Another pass on the other side of each seam dressed it all up just a little.

That was the simple patchwork look I was looking for.  The plan, when I was working on the top last spring, was to do fancier quilting in the sunflowers with my quilting rulers.  I did try a little fancy work in the grey centers, but it just didn't fit with the simplicity of the background.  I picked it out and decided to just outline quilt inside the center and petals and hope inspiration would strike while I did that.

Once I had done that, I was satisfied with just adding simple crosshatching in the flower center.  That tied into the grid in the background.  Leaving the inside of the petals blank made them just a little puffy, like the rest of the quilt.

Next up was the border. I stitched in the ditch just before the last border, mostly to tack down the prairie point accents. Next I thought about straight lines either perpendicular to the edge or just running around the quit like a frame, but there are a lot of straight lines in this quit already.  I took out paper, pencil and quilting rulers to draw different ideas to add curves to the border.

These small arches fit neatly into the squares in the border and seemed to tie in with the petal shapes.

Yesterday I added a little scrappy yellow binding to frame it all. I am so happy with the finished quilt!

In case you were wondering:
  • Sunflower block is from the book Mini Wonderful Curves by Sew Kind of Wonderful
  • Setting is mine
  • Fabric (including backing and binding) is all from my scraps, except for three 1/4 yard cuts I bought to add a few lighter squares for variety.
On to the next project!  Small Change, the red and white quilt, is basted and ready to quilt.  I'm still pondering the possibilities, but once again I am leaning towards simplicity.  I'll see what happens when I actually start stitching. Hopefully I'll have a reveal for you soon.

Happy Quiting,


  1. Beautiful quilt! I like the layout and I think the quilting makes it shine.

  2. I love this, the bright yellow sunflowers, the scrappy background, simple quilting, all of it. Lovely work!

  3. Hooray for a finish! Hooray even more for a finish for just you! It's such a sunny, happy quilt, and as I sit here on a gloomy day, it cheers me up. I know spring is coming, but I'm getting impatient!

  4. Joanne, this is so lovely! I really like the crosshatching you did in the sunflower centres. Just beautiful! ~Diana K.

  5. Beautiful quilt! Love the simple quilting and the prairie points.

  6. Beautifully Done! Sometimes simplicity is just what is needed, and your results show just that! I chuckled about the "Just Because" thinking that it was just because you have had enough of a snowy winter and were ready for spring! Yes, Just Because!! :)

  7. Yay for a finish. It's lovely. (And I always like how you incorporate prairie points.)

  8. This is beautiful! I love the quilting on it - just perfect. Glad you took some you time to get this one completed.

  9. Excellent choices all around.I like the way you kept the quilting simple (that means a soft quilt), and the curves in the border are a nice echo of the petals.

  10. Lovely work in a beautiful sunny quilt announcing Spring is around the corner! Love it!

  11. What a beautiful way to finish this quilt. I struggle with knowing how to quilt my finished tops in a creative way and the stack of unquilted top just keeps getting higher. I love the idea of simplifying, yet still being creative, and actually finishing something.


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