Yes, I have finished it! This is my first leaders and enders project, the little 3.5″ units pieced as I put together various other projects. Did I like it? Well…it did make for very neat, tailless piecing on the other tops. I liked that a lot. It was hard to train myself to do it religiously, and I could only go so far with it and still concentrate on the other work. But, yes, I will do it again, with a simpler project of mindless squares. I made this quilt to use the backing fabric in my stash (French Country Journal by Michael Miller). I’d been saving it for a while, and it is just too pretty to cut. And there will always be more fabric. So I decided to use it, and designed this quilt. It’s inspired by a quilt in Scraps, Inc. I haven’t seen the book, but I liked a project that Pam made, so I designed this in EQ7 to resemble a trellis. I used all the yellow, gold,and blue 3.5″ squares in my bin, and sewed 2″ white squares to two corners to create the little lozenges. This was an odd shape. I bought fabric at Missouri Quilt Company for borders, but decided against them. I added another two rows at the bottom, removed the side and corner setting triangles, and substituted the floral fabric (potential border fabric). This finishes it a bit without being heavy. I like it. It’s 51″ x 69″ I quilted it all with yellow Sulky on top and white Bottom Line on the back. Most of it is done in an orange peel motif [probably never again after all the terrible puns (redundant?) on Twitter!]. Those are butterflies in the centers of some of the white areas. I would do them differently another time, but they are not bad. This doesn’t have a purpose yet. It may go into my Etsy shop, except that I really like it a lot. But I only need so many quilts. Hope you had a finish this week. I’m linking up with Finish it up Friday and WIPs Be Gone.
July 4, 2015 at 5:07 AM
This is so sweet. Love the blue, orange combo and the trellis. Good idea on the borders, and nice quilting. Yay!
July 4, 2015 at 6:39 AM
This is a beautiful quilt And I love the quilting in the white area! Seems real intricate.
July 4, 2015 at 8:25 AM
This is beautiful, Valerie. Keep it, keep it, keep it. Lol!
July 4, 2015 at 9:26 AM
I really love this quilt Valerie! Those white circles with the butterflies in the middle look fantastic I love the texture it creates! And you can never go wrong with blue and yellow in my book 🙂
July 4, 2015 at 10:03 AM
What a lovely quilt and beautiful colors for summer! 🙂
July 4, 2015 at 10:21 AM
This is stunning! Really great job! @tubaville on Instagram
July 4, 2015 at 12:07 PM
You did a great job! I love this quilt. That lozenge shape has been on my mind as well and you may see a blog post about it. Have you seen the pattern from Missouri Star Quilt company called Goodnight, Irene? It was in a recent issue of their magazine and is very similar to your quilt, though opposite: the lozenges in Goodnight, Irene are the negative space.
I also have that Michael Miller fabric. I love it also and it wouldn’t be the same cut up. I have a lot of it and if it doesn’t become a dress, it will become a back.
I am glad you tried out leaders and enders. It is important to have a mindless aspect to the patches you are using as leaders and enders. I get to a point where I move the leaders and enders to the main project and find something else that is mindless for the L&E. Getting so much done and not wasting thread is a huge bonus.
Great work, again! Take care,
July 4, 2015 at 10:58 PM
Gorgeous. I love the blue and gold together
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July 6, 2015 at 12:29 AM
Beautiful quilt, backing is just so divine!
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