Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Home Stretch...


I've finished piecing my American Patchwork & Quilting quilt along quilt! And I think I've found the perfect backing, too! After auditioning all of the available backing fabrics in my backing "stash" I decided on this Scrumptious floral by Bonnie & Camille. It just seemed to echo the vintage feel of my quilt. I had been planning on a red binding, but now I'm not so sure. I'm almost thinking a blue binding might be best now.



Even though the blocks are large, I just didn't realize what a nice-sized quilt this was going to be until I started to lay out the blocks on my living room floor. I literally had to move some furniture to get all of the parts and pieces organized. I moved some of the blocks and sashings here and there--trying to get a good mix and make sure things were well-spaced. I alternated red and orange center blocks and then tried to make sure the yellow, blue, and green rings were pretty much evenly dispersed throughout the quilt. I also tried to make sure the blocks that read as more "bold" were spread throughout the quilt.


In the end, though...I just couldn't think about it too much...or I might have been there forever making decisions. Once I started sewing, putting it all together went pretty fast. This was definitely another one of those quilts that was hard to finish because I've had so much fun putting it all together.

After my quilt center was pieced I did a 1/8" stay-stitch around the entire quilt. I do this when there are a lot of pieced blocks in the border of the quilt; this simple straight stitch keeps the borders from stretching and keeps the edges of pieced blocks secure. I didn't want any of the 9-patch sections around the edges to come apart.




It's going to be quilted soon...I absolutely can't wait to get this one back! Oh...and I sent off another quilt to be quilted, too...it's an oldie but a goodie!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

37 comments:

Carol said...

It's a beauty Sherri!

Donna said...

WOW! Beautiful.

Jenni E said...

It turned out lovely! I can't wait to get started on mine. I hope you post pics when it comes back! So pretty!

Kathleen Lambert said...

Sherri, it looks fabulous. Your colors are beautiful. Can't wait to see it quilted and what you decide to bind it with. Again, another beautiful quilt to add to your collection.

trish said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! I love the fabric choices you made! That backing is going to be amazing! :o)

Karen said...

It's been so much fun watching this grow. Love the pattern. Your balance of bold and soft blocks looks perfect to me and I agree about the blue binding.

Laura said...

Stay stitching the border... What a great idea! I just pieced a top with a very piecy border, and they are coming apart at the edges already. Thus us just what I need. Thanks!

handmadeby EvaRose said...

Absolutely gorgeous quilt, so much detail! I would go with a mid blue,soft yellow or even peach binding, in maybe a tiny polka dot? I agree reed will possibly be "too much"

gailss said...

Just love what you picked for the backing and what a great looking quilt this is. Amazes me how you manage to get so many quilt tops together and think I am a bit slow...nowhere near done.

Angela Smith said...

Beautiful quilt can't wait to see it completed. Love your blog, you make so many beautiful projects. Have a great day.

Pati said...

A beautiful quilt! I think you captured the essence of vintage sheets in this one!

Joy said...

Looks wonderful!! Thanks for the tip of using a stay stitch to prevent stretching.

Gina said...

Ditto to what everyone else has said! Love the colors, the arrangement and the backing is perfect! Absolutely gorgeous! Looking forward to see it quilted and the binding you select!

NMSue said...

Working on my "scrappy quilt" also. Don't know how you did it so quickly. I have been stopping to make sure all my 9 patches and other blocks are square, etc. Can we see a picture of the backing? Love the quilt, love the pattern. And, it lends itself to so many color variations. Anxious to see your quilt when it gets back from the quilter.

sincerely yours said...

It's absolutely gorgeous!! I love it!

•stephanie• said...

you definitely did that pattern proud. it is wonderful!

WoolenSails said...

That really came out beautifully and love how the red contrasts and blends with the other fabrics.

Debbie

Joan said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I love your choice of fabrics. Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

I love all those fabrics including the backing -- great choice!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Sherri -- what an accomplishment. I love the colors that you've used -- your quilt is beautiful!!!

Nedra said...

Such a great quilt. I would really like to make this one, too.

Grandmasewnsew said...

Yours looks great! And that's a wonderful choice for a backing. I completed one block and am still cutting those background fabrics. It is fun but I never realized how much cutting would be involved! :)

txquilter said...

Sherry, I love those colors! Can't wait to see it when it's totally finished.

Susie said...

It looks stunning and perfect backing fabric.

Lesley said...

It is such a beautiful quilt! Love the way you used the fabrics!

Karenkay said...

That quilt is so beautiful! Thank you for showing it to us it gives us inspiration!

elletaylor said...

Maybe a scrappy binding! Turned out great.

Anita said...

I'm so in love with your quilt! Can't wait to see it all quilted up :)

Michele said...

Beautiful Sherri! I like what you said about not thinking about your placement too much. I really tend to overthink things. I'm glad you mentioned that you just choose and move on. I can't wait to see it!

Nadra Ridgeway said...

What a beautiful quilt...!!

Elizabeth said...

Such a beautiful, interesting quilt. I hope you get it quilted soon!

Angela @ Cottage Magpie said...

I just love how you've captured that vintage feeling with the colors and fabrics in this quilt. I can't wait to see it all done! ~Angela~

Helen L said...

So wonderful!!! It's been my inspiration for the one I want to do, but I'm still on the cutting stage (mostly). Sigh... I'm here in Las Vegas at my sister's and I got to go to Quilt St George for a few days: it was fun! I got to take two classes from Melissa Corry: she's definitely a sweet person! I suppose I drove past your town on my way to St George. :-) Someday, if you're interested, it would be fun to meet! :-) Hugs, H in Healdsburg

Michele said...

It really is going to be spectacular! I can't wait to see the finish. And how about a green for the binding instead? It would bring out the green in both the top and the backing.

Jackie said...

Your quilt layout looks wonderful.

Little Busy Bee said...

Your version is sooo beautiful! It makes me feel like making one, too!

Jantine said...

It is beautiful. I think I agree with the person who suggested a scrappy binding, but it is best to decide once you get it back from the quilter!