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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  1. Shelle P says:

    Paula – That quilt top is beautiful! What a crazy unique name for a quilt along

  2. Gorgeous! What great colours, and a beautiful backing.

  3. This looks great, thanks for the tips too.

  4. Totally gorgeous quilt finish, Paula! Love the pink thread, backing and binding. Really shows off all those beautiful Cuzco prints. One of these days I will have to give the meander at try. What a super sweet quilt!

  5. I love this. So pretty. I have just been creating with Cuzco too – it is a gorgeous fabric line 🙂

  6. I’m totally in love with Kate Spain’s fabrics, especially this Cuzco line! I’m doing the Sugar Block Club in Cuzco this year. Great job on the y-seams. That’s a technique I haven’t tried, yet.

  7. This finish is so beautiful. I love the right colors you chose. Perfect!

  8. It’s so pretty! I totally dig it! Nice finish. 🙂

  9. It’s so fun and happy! Great finish, Paula!

  10. I was just thinking to myself how amazing your stippling looked and how I wished I could do it half so well (I haven’t done it “for real” yet, but all my practise versions have been too tight, small, and eventually wound up criss-crossing) and then you launched into the bits about what didn’t turn out well. It’s always so easy to find our own mistakes, though, isn’t it? (I still think it looks pretty damn good, eyelashes and all :D)

  11. very nice, wondering how big the hexies are. Toady I am going to attempt machine quilting my triangles, did not know if I needed to change to colour of cotton on different triangles but you have answered that foe me as you used just one colour

  12. What a prettty combo! Congrats on your beautiful finish.

  13. This is gorgeous! I have always wanted to do something in hexagons, but didn’t want to do all the hand work – this is perfect! Thank you for the link that shows us how to make one of these beautiful quilts! Your color choice is so very pretty!

  14. That turned out so pretty! I think your FMQ looks great!!!

  15. This looks lovely. How do you have time to get so much done? You have minions, don’t you?! 😉

  16. So fun! Magenta was a great choice for the quilting thread color. I tried stippling for the first time, and I couldn’t believe how hard it was to keep the lines from crossing! Who cares if you had a few near misses; no one will see them at a distance.

  17. Love the colors in this quilt! My brain just doesn’t do stippling. I don’t know why, I can do most any other design but I just can’t get that meander down. . .

  18. I really like Cuzco in this pattern, very vibrant. On my last stippling I crossed over a few times too, hard to see where you are going, going backwards! It’s only visible on the back so I’m not too bothered by it. Should have picked a better fabric for the back to hide the stiches better as you suggest – I went with white ikea numbers and navy thread!

  19. what a happy quilt! Love it and the fabrics are just awesome.

  20. I love your flowers! I’ve never done a Y seam…I would like to try. What a nice quilt with happy colors!

  21. brigitte mauthner says:

    I am really fond of your colorful quilt. And I like this large hexagons. I consider to give this wonderful oblongagon quilt a try. I am not sure about the size of the hexagons. What size did you cut? Thanks.

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