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.
Beautiful quilt! I like the layout and I think the quilting makes it shine.ReplyDelete
I love this, the bright yellow sunflowers, the scrappy background, simple quilting, all of it. Lovely work!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
Joanne, this is so lovely! I really like the crosshatching you did in the sunflower centres. Just beautiful! ~Diana K.ReplyDelete
Beautiful quilt! Love the simple quilting and the prairie points.ReplyDelete
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!! :)ReplyDelete
Yay for a finish. It's lovely. (And I always like how you incorporate prairie points.)ReplyDelete
This is beautiful! I love the quilting on it - just perfect. Glad you took some you time to get this one completed.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
What a great finish. Love the flowers.ReplyDelete
Lovely work in a beautiful sunny quilt announcing Spring is around the corner! Love it!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete