I had planned on detailing my every step on this quilt along the way, but, um, yeah… But I can share now!
At her party, I had everyone sign a “flower” signature block. I knew I was doing square flowers, but didn’t have much of anything else planned out. And really, they ended up as square flowers because cutting anything else out was too much work the night before her baptism. (No, I never get anything done early!)
I think everyone thought I was nuts that these squares were “flowers” — well, everyone except my Mom and sister who helped me with the idea. But everyone else has learned to humor me since this is like the 3rd signature quilt I’ve had them all sign for me.
A few months later, I ran into this picture on the Internet and TADA! Inspiration!!!
By the way, if anyone knows whose quilt this is, please let me know! I would *love* to properly credit the maker as my inspiration for my own block-setting. I obviously went a completely different direction with colors and shapes of the flowers, but this quilt did greatly influence mine. Thanks for any help!
*signature blocks written? Check!
*decision made about setting of signature blocks? Check!
*Quilt made? Ummmm, 2 years later and we’re getting there!
A month ago I finally pulled out the blocks and started getting down to work. I decided that I will be entering this in my local quilt show, so I needed to, um, start it!
I really liked the blue & green backgrounds, but it lacked some pizazz. SO, rainbow it was. I really thought the orange added something that the quilt really needed.
And then I started making the blocks. I had decided on a 11″x14″ finished block size. But then my first attempt at the wonky block ended up a bit smaller than planned, and instead of reworking the block I decided to just change the size to 10″ x 14″ finished size!
This part took forever. The first 8 blocks went quickly but then I decided I needed to really think about what else the quilt needed. So I’d mock-up a new block on the board and there it’d sit for hours days while I thought about whether it truly belonged.
Here is where we stand this morning:
A maybe-finished quilt top!!!! YAY!!! ALL the flowers and butterflies are satin-stitched down, and ALL the blocks are sewn together! YAY!!!!
By the way, I only noticed last night after sewing all the rows together that all my butterflies landed on blocks with green backgrounds! Totally NOT planned! And tell me how much you love the butterflies, because I LOVE the butterflies!
I’m now trying to decide whether it’s done and just needs a nice pink binding (as can be seen on left), OR whether it needs some sort of border (a sample border mocked-up on the right). It is 40″x56″ currently, so is fine size-wise but has room to grow if needed. Ahhh, decisions decisions. Any opinions??? HELP!
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