13 April 2020

My First Finish of 2020!

After being somewhat unhappy with my Trio of Random Sister's Choice quilts, I decided to use the rest of my 9 patches for something completely different. You'll be seeing several very similar quilts in this pattern with different colors.

I alternated the 9 patches with half-square triangles/quarter square triangles in a diamond layout. The recipient's nursery, according to her dad, was "all colors and especially purple." So I chose 4 different purples of different shades and arranged them in lighter and darker bands around the center for contrast.

I quilted with freehand swirls with hearts mixed in. I tried to get at least one heart per 9 patch and per purple triangle. I wrote "love" in cursive on the center block 3 times but forgot that I loaded the quilt in my frame sideways so the words are sideways on the finished quilt. I'm a little peeved at myself for that but the recipient's mom saw it and thought it was special and didn't notice or care about the sideways I guess I shouldn't either.

First pass complete on the frame
Detail of the center block
Oh, and totally accidental awesome moment: I used a striped binding and had the closest pattern match happen without trying at all. Made me smile.

I couldn't have gotten this close if I tried!
I realized, as I was adding binding, that one of my corners was scant and needed me to patch some fabric to cover the batting. I made it a 'humility corner' and patched it with the fabric I had immediately had handy instead of cutting off a piece of the purple that was short. I kind of like how it looks, a reminder that nobody is perfect.

Humility Corner
Completed quilt photos:

Front of quilt
One of my better hearts
Another decent heart
Center block's sideways "love love love"

For fabric purchases, I'm going to go ahead and count both purchases I have made this year by time of publishing this post. I purchased 4 yards of Essential Dots Chocolate Yardage for a backing on my Nice Nice Niece Quilt (top is complete and in my to-be-quilted pile) and 3 yards of Kona Ash for sashings in a new Mod Mosaic Quilt.

My goal for this year is to use more than I add to my stash. I'll be back in the black next week, I'm not worried.

2020 Stash Report:

Fabric used this week: 5.5 yards
Fabric used year to date: 5.5 yards
Fabric purchased this week: 7 yards
Fabric purchased year to date: 7 yards
Net fabric for 2020: (1.5 yards added)

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely quilt Emma. I especially like your humility block - it looks like a sliver of the next block is peeking through. Quilting sure keeps us humble and we can't be too hard on ourselves! If you want, please consider linking up with Free Motion Mavericks. We'd love you to join the fun!


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