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02-09-2017

Baby Whale Quilts! 

 

Baby whales and cutie pies!

Gotta love ’em…. so adorable.

This is my recent finish on a baby quilt for my soon to be nephew, Oliver. This quilt was super easy to make and I just loved the color scheme. My youngest niece is loving it too….. I’m not sure she is ready to share this chair….even though she has her own quilt.

I just went through my stash and picked out an assortment of navy and gray fabrics.

Cut 36 squares 6.5″ x 6.5″ and sew them together, 6 across and 6 down.

Finishes 36.5″ x 36.5″… perfect crib size.

The appliques were super easy! I used some Steam a Seam 2 and ironed it to my whale fabric. Printed off some whale shapes from online and shrunk it down to the size I wanted.  I traced it onto the fabric and cut it out. Then peel off the back and ironed it on.

I chose a simple topstitch to secure these whales. Not easy hitting all the curves, but just go slow and one stitch at a time in the tight spots. It also helped to only do 4…. not all over the place, and I like how it looks better too! Don’t want to overdo the whales.

Here is another whale project I did recently…

 

Whales on the brain, lol.

This one is for my local guild. We have an exhibit at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show at the end of this month. It is titled, Ombre… Your Way!

I made my own pattern for this one too… but, I spray basted the whale to hold it in place and then stitched it down. I used a zig zag stitch for this one and did a little more quilting.

The hexagons were also spray basted on and then top stitched.

Simple, but cute!

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08-04-2014

Fat Quarter Style Book Tour and a Giveaway!

Fat Quarter Style Book Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Fat Quarter Style Book Tour!

Fat Quarter Style is the latest book by Fat Quarter Shop’s pattern company, It’s Sew Emma. Fat Quarter Style has 12 fat quarter quilts with 4 size options each….love that! I also really liked that it includes both traditional and modern pattern styles.  All super cute! For the book tour each blogger was assigned one of the quilts and we are featuring a block from that quilt. Mine was the pattern, Mosaic, and let me tell you this block was so quick and easy I just decided to go ahead whip up the crib size quilt!

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This pattern only required 9 fat quarters and I paired them with a light grey solid(Kona Silver). It was fun to just pull these fat quarters from my stash! I most often using a collection of some sort.

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I quilted it using an Aurifil, 50 wt. cotton in a light grey(#2600).  I decided to free motion quilting a meander or stipple within the blocks….

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and a loop-de-loop design in the sashing and borders.

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For my binding I pieced together the leftovers and used THIS machine binding tutorial. I finished it off with one of my custom made labels which you can have made HERE, super affordable and cute!

I’ve got my eye on a few others in here and can’t wait to get started. Maybe I can use up some of this stash that keeps eyeballing me!

Purchase your copy of Fat Quarter Style HERE

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Fat Quarter Shop has given me a copy of Fat Quarter Style to give away to one of my readers, yay!

To enter:

Just leave a comment on this post!

For a few bonus entries…..leave a comment telling me how you Follow Fat Quarter Shop and how you Follow The Sassy Quilter!

You can Follow the Fat Quarter Shop on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog-The Jolly Jabber, Twitter, or subscribe to their You Tube Channel.

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Each stop on the tour will be giving away a copy of Fat Quarter Style, so be sure and check out all the other stops on the tour for lots of chances to win !

Fat Quarter Style Book Tour

#1  August 4th : Paula of The Sassy Quilter
#2  August 6th : Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation
#3  August 8th : Karin of Leigh Laurel Studios
#4  August 11th : Caroline of Sew Can She
#5  August 13th : Jana of Jana Machado
#6  August 15th : Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock
#7  August 18th : Lee of Freshly Pieced
#8  August 20th : Holly of Bijou Lovely
#9  August 22nd : Ashley of Film in The Fridge
#10  August 25th : Erin of Why Not Sew?
#11  August 27th Kristyne of Pretty By Hand
#12  August 29th : Amy of Diary of A Quilter

Purchase your copy of Fat Quarter Style HERE

**edit- giveaway ends Aug.11th at midnight/EST, winner announced Aug.12th**

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06-25-2014

Crackerjack Quilt and Giveaway!

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Crackerjack

Pattern by Swirly Girls Design

This Crackerjack quilt was such a fun and quick quilt to make! It is one of the Swirly Girls Design-Dashing Bobbin Series patterns.

These are made to be quick piece patterns and they don’t break the bank! Best part…..it only takes 10 Fat Quarters and some background fabric….love that.

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I am so in love with this black pin dot I used for the background! I could use an entire bolt of this…..the only place I could find it was at a big box store**gasp**, so I am not sure what the name of it was.

The blocks are made from Daydream in Jewel by Swirly Girls Design for Michael Miller Fabrics.

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I quilted this in an all over meander or stipple design using a 50wt. Aurifil 100%cotton in white. This actually blended a little too well! I could barely see where I had quilted ….BONUS>>> you can’t see if I made any mistakes, Lol:)

Here is the back…

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I decided to use a different color within the blocks. I went with a teal 50wt. Aurifil 100% cotton. I thought the white was just too stark inside the block.

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You can see the teal did not have too much contrast on the back so I was happy with it. It can get tricky finding threads that blend on both sides. I’m just now noticing the random thread on the loose…we all have those:)

Wondered how it would look if I did the whole quilt in this color???

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I used my handy personal quilt labels that you can have made HERE. These are awesome and cheap!

Don’t ask me why I decided to use the teal thread on the binding, you always want to draw attention to your binding……right! Not.

I used THIS machine binding tutorial.

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Because you guys are so awesome….I have an awesome GIVEAWAY for you today!

Fort Worth Fabric Studio    

Fort Worth Fabric Studio has created a lovely bundle for this quilt…

and Swirly Girls Design is throwing in a FREE pattern!

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You can purchase this bundle HERE if you just can’t wait!

You can also get the pattern HERE over at FWFS.

If you buy this pattern now and win the giveaway, I can swap out a different one!

To enter the GIVEAWAY:

Leave a comment below telling me how you follow The Sassy Quilter, so that’s up to six chances! Do as many or as few as you like.

(giveaway open thru July 2nd and open internationally)

Thanks you guys for all your support and good luck!

 

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06-16-2014

My Favorite Quilt- Double Wedding Ring!

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What is my favorite quilt????

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I decided to go back into my quilt vault for this one and it is one of my favorites for so many reasons!

First and foremost it was my grandmothers favorite quilt to make; her signature quilt! She was the original “Sassy”… because that was her nickname. She taught me everything I know and this was like the second or third quilt I made, ever! She assured me it was easy and wouldn’t be too hard…..by the time I was done I swore off curved piecing forever. I no longer hold anything against curves, but haven’t forgotten, as a beginner, how crazy I thought she was telling me I could make this quilt! Guess what??? I did and I learned a lot! Each piece was drawn with a template and cut out with scissors and then it was hand quilted and hand bound. It is by no means perfect and I can definitely see how my style has changed since, but it is my favorite and I am so glad I got to make this quilt with my Sassy grandma before she left us.

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When did I make it? What pattern? What fabrics?

8 years ago from a pattern from Lap Quilting by Georgia Bonesteel, a quilting book that was my grandmothers. I still have that book. I used fabrics from my grandmothers stash and yes….a big box store…gasp!

Have I shown this quilt anywhere or entered it in contests?

No.

What memories or people does this quilt remind me of?

Sassy! of course. I remember sitting at her coffee table using her old Kenmore sewing machine while she sat in her recliner hand quilting her latest quilt.  She would readily help me work out my sewing machine disasters and assure me that a little pucker here and there were fine and to just keep going!

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What do I like best about the quilt?

Hmmm, I would say the memories and that it actually looks like rings and it pretty flat! I was severely doubtful along the way:)

How did I grow as a quilter while making it?

Oh, I learned soooo much about accuracy and how important the cutting process is, curved piecing, improved my hand quilting skills, scalloped binding and how NOT to finish binding by hand! Those whip stitches look crazy on the back, lol! I did a reverse whip stitch and basically showed all the thread instead of hiding it. Good thing the thread color matches!

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If I could make this quilt again, what would I do differently?

I love every crazy stitch on this quilt! But, I would like to make another in a completely different style. Unlike my grandmother…I don’t think it will be my signature quilt, but I do think it has a lot of wow factor and is totally worth the trouble.

Where is the quilt now?

It is actually the only quilt I have made myself that I actually use! It is in my living room as a throw for the couch.

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So…..

Don’t be afraid to be Sassy and try a quilt you think is out of your skill set! You might just learn all kinds of things and make a memory that lasts forever. Maybe even a Double Wedding Ring Quilt!

This post is being shared as a part of My Favorite Quilt @ SewMamaSew. Check out the link and see everyone’s favorite quilt or share your own!

Don’t forget a few other fun things that are going on:

Fat Quarter Shop Anniversary Sale!

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20% off purchase coupon code @ Gotcha Covered Quilting: SASSY

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My Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial and GIVEAWAY!!!

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05-29-2014

Sunnyside Triangle Quilt Finish!

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Sunnyside Triangle Quilt by The Sassy Quilter, measures 50 x 64.

Were you wondering why you never got to see my finished triangles from the Triangle Quilt Along???

Well, it got a little crazy sorting through all the final entries that I got a little behind! I also got a new camera and am trying to figure out how to get decent pics….so easy on my trusty iphone.

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This quilt finishes at 50″ x 64″. I just loved working with these fun prints in Sunnyside by Kate Spain for Moda. I used a layer cake to cut mine and then added some solids to fill in the gaps.

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I quilted along each side of the diagonal seams in a 50wt, 100% cotton Aurifil thread. The color is a light gray that blended perfectly with all these different colors.

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For the backing I used a print from the same line.

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The back….

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I used a Zig Zag stitch for my machine binding technique just to spice things up a bit! I think it is fitting for the triangles.

Actually, the stitch I used is a little more than just a zig zag, this is called an Elastic Stitch on your machine. It takes three stitches in each direction….a little prettier I think.

Keep the seam line in the center of the stitch and you are bound to catch your binding edge on the back of your quilt! This method can be a little more forgiving if you have a hard time keeping it in the ditch.

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Here is the backside of the binding.

These labels are by ikaprint and can be designed in a ton of different styles! They really make it simple to get my quilts labeled, especially since I tend to forget that step…..I know, bad quilter!

These adorable labels can be purchased from ikaprint HERE!

ikaprint let me create my own online store with them so the labels are at a discounted price, yay! So click on the link above and have a look around.

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Last Chance Link Up!

Now! Who out there missed the date to finish up there Triangle Quilt???

Well, just for fun…

I will be posting a Last Chance Link Up on June 1st and I am going to give you until August 1st to link up your finished quilt for a secret prize…..ooooh, the mystery:)

So keep at it guys and gals! It is not too late to be inspired and get those Triangle Masterpieces finished up! You can do it!

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04-29-2014

Scrumptious Charm Quilt Finish!

Scrumptious Charm Quilt

Scrumptious Charm Quilt

Finished up my Scrumptious Charm Quilt this weekend! (I know…my names for quilts are lame!) This quilt used a Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille charm pack and a white Kona snow charm pack. I added some yardage for borders and that’s it! I wanted a really simple quilt that was easy to put together AND actually let me use up some of this fabric that is in my sewing room just staring at me:) This is a great quilt for a beginner. I will share some more details on this pattern soon. I know for beginners the specifics for those borders, backing and binding really help.

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I totally got busted taking pics on my neighbors fence!!! Which is electric…yikes, only one buzz so that was a success(take note of the white rope). I gave her a quilted table topper as a peace offering so she is not pressing charges, ha ha! She was really just worried I would get electrocuted. If you grew up in the country you have most likely touched one of these bad boys…you won’t forget it, but not so bad. Does this make me seem crazy???

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For the quilting I used Aurifil 100% cotton, 50wt. in white. I started by quilting the center panel with some basic straight lines and then moved to the 2nd border and quilted more straight lines. I wanted to break up the lines so I did a simple loop de loop in the inner border. This wasn’t too bad because you have a defined space. You are doing just a simple row of loops. Now what for the outer border????

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The outer border was pretty wide, about 5″. I was feeling pretty brave after the inner border….okay, let’s do a feather! I had been practicing those a while back and was improving. I marked a blue chalk line along the center of the border to help( you can still see some of those)…..so where are those feathers??? Well, let’s just say it was like starting all over! It has been many months since my previous adventures and a lesson was learned. Use it or lose it!  I opted for lots more loop de loops. They came out okay, but I definitely got a little lost sometimes.

Now, I am just analyzing this to explain my process, but in reality I think it is just fine and when washed up will be perfect:)

Scrumptious Quilt Binding

I used a machine binding technique to finish my quilt. You can find the tutorial HERE. In my tutorial I tell you to stitch in the ditch along the binding, but as of late I really am liking to stitch just on top of the binding for a top-stitched look. It also makes it less noticeable if you veer off a bit.

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Here is the back…..P.S. don’t you love the Scrumptious paisley backing! I really loved working with this line of fabric.

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side note….Isn’t it funny how the white thread looks teal on the binding?

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The winner of last weeks Cotton Bliss Giveaway is….

Janie!

Congratulations and enjoy your 10 FQ’s of Mirabelle from Cotton Bliss.

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04-20-2014

Flower Power Quilt an Oblongagonalong Finish!

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So excited to have finished up my Flower Power quilt!

This one was part of a quilt along over at Sew Fresh Quilts, called the Oblongagonalong. This unique take on a hexagon…a slightly different shape created by accident was fun to play with! It is made with all Y-seams so that was the challenging part…but, I finally got those down pat I think:) Lorna@SewFreshQuilts did a great tutorial for learning how to do those tricky seams HERE.

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It finishes at 35″ x 44″ and was made using fabrics from the Cuzco line by Kate Spain for Moda. I added a few yellow and bright blues to fill in where I needed extra. I think they add just the right amount of pop!

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I used a meandering or stippling free motion quilting design and can I say it has been awhile! I had a little rust on these skills:) After a bit I started to feel like I was getting back in the groove of things. You can see some of the curves are a little angular and almooooost criss-crossing, that is a supposed no-no with stippling:)

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Here are a few areas that started to have some “eyelashes” and you can see my stitches were a little too long.  I was moving too fast for my needle speed. This causes the tension to get off…especially noticeable in curves and the bobbin thread comes up too far=eyelashes. I just had to get my hands and the needle speed in sync and go a little slower to get smaller stitches.

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It was hard to decide what color thread I wanted to use since there are so many different colors.  I went with a magenta color thread for this one, it was a predominant color in the quilt and I had a similar color for the backing fabric…..when in doubt, match the back! This will hide the work a bit if you are worried about your stitching abilities:) I knew I was rusty and it wouldn’t be perfect.

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I finished it up with a matching binding using THIS machine binding tutorial….purple would have looked great, but sadly no there was no purple left:( so I used more pink…matching the binding with the backing is helpful for hiding mistakes too!

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03-30-2014

Star Light Star Bright Finish!

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Phew! Just finished up my Star Light Star Bright Quilt! Just in time for the parade over at Happy Quilting on Tuesday. Late night finishes don’t make the best photos but here it is:)  I love Melissa’s quilt alongs and this one was no different. I decided to go with the one block design for this quilt.

It finishes at 35″ x 35″.

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I quilted this quilt using Aurifil 50wt. 100% cotton thread in white.

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For the quilting I used my walking foot and did only straight line designs. No real planning, just free style moving around the quilt where the lines lead me…pretty fun that way! My original plan was to do a giant spiral, but waiting until the last minute, I decided to just do what I knew. I have yet to try the spiral design! Next time:)

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I machine bound this quilt. You can find my binding tutorial HERE.

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I loved this fun chevron print for the back!

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Be sure to visit Melissa @ Happy Quilting on April 2nd for the big parade of all the quilt alongs finished quilts! If I am lucky, maybe I will win one of the grand prizes!!!

and….

Be sure to visit on April 1st for a special post I am doing for the Riley Blake Designs Union Jack Blog Tour!

Super excited about this one:) I am going to have a fun tutorial for you guys.

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03-14-2014

Friday Finish- Tangerine Style!

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Tangerine Tango, 50″ x 62″

Two finishes to share on this fabulous Friday:) Tangerine Tango…

and

Tangerine Squared…

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Tangerine Squared, 37″ x 48″

Both of these quilts are made completely of HST’s.  I started making these quilts using Kelly@My Quilt Infatuations tutorial HERE, but got side tracked and just made a bunch of HST’s and went for it! So I ended up with enough for two quilts, bonus:) Tangerine Tango is throw sized and Tangerine Squared is a smaller baby quilt.

Tangerine Tango is a scrappy chevron layout and I am not sure what the Tangerine Squared is….sunshine and shadow? or square in a square?

I tried to take some serene pics …. No, I did not glue this quilt to the fence:) It was so windy! and cold!

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Tangerine sunset…

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I used Aurifil thread in a teal and orange 50wt. cotton from the Camille Roskelley, Simplify collection. The colors in this collection just seem to match everything I can come up with! The quilting is all straight line designs using a walking foot on my machine.

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The fabrics are from a bundle of Fandango by Kate Spain for Moda with a little Fig Tree thrown in there and Denyse Schmidt for the backings.

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and the backs…

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Sorry these are so wrinkly! Being folded in the car all day…bad idea. I took these on the way home from work:)

Yes, I probably look like a crazy quilt lady taking all these pics at various roadside stops! This was at a local wildlife area so no trespassing:)

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the binding…

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This fabric bundle had two different stripe prints so I used one on each quilt.

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I really love stripes for binding!

I used this machine binding tutorial HERE.

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Oh, and I finally got me some official labels for my quilts:) Now I have no excuses to not at least get these on there.

They are from ikaprint. You can find their shop on Etsy HERE.

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06-03-2013

Tumbler quilt

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So, I finally got that binding on and finished this way too old UFO! That’s an Un-Fininshed Object for you newbies! I would say most quilters have a few of these, some of us way too many. My goal this year is to wrap up some of these lonely, abandoned quilt projects!

This quilt was super easy to make. I used the Tumbler Template by Natalie Dawn that I purchased at Missouri Star Quilt Company. You get yourself one of these and a charm pack or two and you are good to go. I added a nice wide border to give it some size(getting a little lazy at the end) and voila!  This fabric is Perennial by Benartex and some pink that I had to match. It was fun to quilt because you could follow the lines of the blocks and zig zag your way along. I did the binding from some leftover green that I had in my stash using this tutorial. I  doing the binding, that’s right…I’m wierd I know:)

Do you like the green binding? It was a toss up between green or pink. I haven’t decided on a name for this quilt. I would love to hear your ideas. So let ’em rip!

 

Oh yeah, I almost forgot…How are you liking The Virtual Quilting Bee? Share your blocks on this Flickr page I created:

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(Links: AnythingGoes@StitchbyStitch, MondayLinkUp@PlumandJune, SewCuteTuesday@BetterOffThread, QuiltStory, ShowandTell Tuesday)

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