|I Believe Sampler and En Provence|
Full disclosure, these are only finished to the flimsy stage. Since I don't have a longarm, it is sometimes a while before I'm able to quilt a finished top. In my book, these are considered finishes :*)
I put the last of 3 borders on my I Believe sampler on Friday. This was my One Monthly Goal project, as well as my Christmas UFO for January. You can read earlier posts about this project here. This is the first bed-size quilt I've ever made from start to finish in one month and I'm dizzy with happiness!!! I pulled out the little packages of shop hop blocks a few days after Christmas and made a block every day I was at home.
Last week as time was getting close, I powered through by cutting all the pieces for the last three blocks and made piles of half-square triangles, which quickly turned into finished blocks :*)
Then I had to cut up the panel blocks and decide how I wanted to lay all the blocks together - this was an early layout....
At this point, I realized I didn't have as many of the coordinating fabrics in my stash as I had thought, which was a real problem because I needed a good variety of them for sashing all the blocks. This is an older line and pretty much obsolete. My friend Joanne came to my rescue by giving me the scraps left over from when she made her version of the quilt... Whew!!!
I have to say, I love the light it brings into the overall look of the quilt!
I used a gold from my stash for the first inner border, then pulled that aqua back in with a fun stripe from the I Believe line for the second border. That gorgeous red used for the outer border was one that I had thankfully purchased in yardage when I bought the blocks - it perfectly frames the quilt and pulls everything together.
My second finish is En Provence - Bonnie Hunter's 2016 mystery quilt. I last left you with the quilt waiting for the pieced borders in this post. I had to make about 50 more neutral 4-patches in order to have enough to finish the borders.
This afternoon I put the last stitch in this beauty!!!
I really love this design, and the neutral 4-patch border is a big part of what I love. Bonnie's design seems to float majestically over the surface of the quilt. I found a bright backing fabric in my stash and hope to have it quilted before too much time passes :*)
And last but certainly not least, Soul Searching is quilted!!!
This was my Music City guild UFO for January, and Joanne was my savior again by allowing me to use her long arm to quilt it :*) I can't remember the name of the panto, but it was a simple and fun circle design that worked up quickly...
And, believe it or not, I even managed to squeeze in a few hand stitches too...
This adorable little hummingbird is the center of my 11th Folk Art Album block. I have to say I was delighted with how it turned out! I'm also pretty happy to be getting near the end of these blocks :*)
So that's it for my week - how about yours?
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