Happy May Day! I don't have May Day flower baskets to share, but I have flower quilt pictures.
Don't mind my May Day dandelions. We're feeding the bees!
I shared a little about this project last September but never shared the finished quilt. By the time I sewed the binding in November, the yard was grey and brown and muddy, not ideal for a quilt photo shoot. Then we were into the snowy season, but snow just didn't seem like an appropriate background for this quilt. I can't seem to take decent quilt photos indoors, so Prairie Mix had to be patient until spring.
All the angles in these blocks and in the borders are made with the stitch-and-flip (AKA lost corners) technique, so there are no triangles to cut or bias edges to worry about.
I sent this quilt to Liz Meimann to longarm. The pantograph she used to quilt it is Vanilla Cream by Anne Bright. I choose this one on many of the quilts I send to Liz. I like its hooked swirls, it adds texture without competing with the piecing, and it's pretty in the background.
Don't you love the polka dots? They make me happy. The yellow gingham as the accent fabric seemed a good choice to continue that informal, happy look. I chose to make all the flower centers the same to give a more cohesive look to the quilt. Bringing the yellow into the binding made a good frame to pull everything together.
I used to hesitate to work with pieced borders, because small piecing variations can result in borders that don't fit quite the way the pattern math claims they should. However, piece borders can really dress up a quilt, taking the whole design up a notch. It was worth it to me to work through the logic of it all and figure out how to make them fit every time. I've written a tip sheet explaining simple adjustments you can make to make the pieced border fit perfectly.
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My quilt is the large throw, which measures about 60" x 72". The pattern also includes:
- baby (6 blocks, 36" x 48")
- small throw (12 blocks, 48"x 60")
- twin (24 blocks, 64" x 88")
- queen (42 blocks, 88" x 100").
Many thanks to Lynn Adolph, Tammy Howell, Tina Fugate and Kathy Pretorius for testing the various sizes. I really, really appreciate my pattern testers!
If you'd like to make your own version, you can get the Prairie Mix pattern in my shop.
From now through May 8th, enjoy 10% off your purchase of any pattern in the shop when you use the coupon code SPRING2021. If you use this link, the discount will be applied automatically at checkout.
Happy spring and happy quilting,