My first finish for one of my goals in the Charming Girls Quilt Club. Yea! This quilt top has been sitting on a shelf for around three years and with its completion I have an announcement. This is big. I mean this is really, really big. So I announce that I have no more, zip, zilch, zero, nada, quilt tops to quilt. I am all caught up. How about that? Happy dance going on here. Now I didn't say I have no UFOs (actually only two of those) just no quilt tops.
Before I show pictures of the quilt I want to ask, have you ever done something really stupid and then when you realized what you had done you just want to smack yourself up the side of the head and ask what the H*** you were thinking? (When I was a kid my mom used to ask me that a lot.) I had one of those moments with this quilt.
I have been making a lot of scrappy 30's quilts lately and have been cutting up my stash. As I was cutting out circles and petals for my DWR I had this piece of blue fabric that was larger than my usual fat quarters. I began to wonder where it came from. It finally dawned on me, after cutting up a significant amount that it was the binding for my Spring Beauty. Doh! So when it came time to bind this quilt I had to piece bits and pieces together to get enough for the binding. It worked and I eeked out enough. Whew.
The Spring Beauty pattern is from The Rabbit Factory. It is a pseudo pineapple pattern. You sew a frame around the center square with background fabric then you put squares on the coners, sew through the diagonal, cut off the excess, flip and ta da you have a triangle. Repeat that whole series and you have a block that looks like a pineapple block. I did make it bigger than the pattern. I seem to do that a lot.
I think this set around so long because I couldn't decide how how quilt it and I wasn't sure my skills were up to the challenge. I finally asked my self what the worst would be if I messed up the quilting. I figured that I wouldn't take the quilt to quilt guild for show and tell. I decided I could live with that.
I did free motion quilting on this quilt. It was a lot of fun.