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.
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.
- 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.