Wednesday, 3 January 2018

A Quilt Top Is Finished!

Oh my, what a start to the sewing year here at Hibiscus HQ.
I have finally finished the quilt top for my Mystery Friendship Quilt!
 17 blocks made for me - mystery style - by members of my patchwork group... featuring my chosen fabric of chocolate brown with pretty spots on it... 3 extra blocks made by me, to result in 20 blocks to play with.
Given the huge variation in what I've been gifted, I didn't want to try doing too much with layout, so a 'traditional' sashing & cornerstone look was decided upon... It's been a long process & I'm just glad to have it done now!
While I don't like to call it scrappy, it certainly is eclectic & loosely co-ordinated... just like the ladies who were part of this project, really😉
Site Manager in deep thought about whether to give the Paw Of Approval.
Next issue is... BACKING.
Hhmmm, go with something similar to the sashing fabric? Thus keeping my own additions to the blocks quite neutral.
Or... a zingy pink tone-on-tone? To pick up on the pinks in a few of the blocks.
The binding will be the chocolate spotty fabric.

When we started this project back in mid-2015, I'd never done block-making like this... actual blocks, following a set of instructions.
The first couple of blocks we made had me in such a spin; they were hard & of course I didn't want to disappoint my recipient. However, as the months rolled on & we made more blocks, I developed some confidence, new skills, slightly better colour choices (I fear I will always have dodgy judgement in this area!), & really enjoyed the process.
I've learned so much & don't fear this type of sewing as I once did.

Now to make the binding while it's away at the quilter!

23 comments:

Susan said...

A great start to 2018. I love how it's coordinated but still scrappy....great job.

Michelle Ridgway said...

A really lovely finish Anthea x

I am said...

Hi Anthea lovely quilt,well done my friend xx

Jo said...

I think it's going together very well & looks great

Oddbjørg said...

It looks great!

Justine said...

That's beautiful! A great start to your quilting year.

Susie Hoover said...

It turned out beautifully! Looking forward to seeing it after the quilting

Maria said...

Very good start to the year.... the blocks come together nicely...

Kate said...

It's ever so pretty, Anthea!

Denice Barker said...

It does all come together with the black but a colorful back would be nice. The pink would be light enough and neutral enough so go for it!

Renee said...

What a fantastic quilt top! The uniqueness of each block is wonderful. Your chocolate brown fabric really ties it all together. I would have a tough time choosing between your backing colors, too. However, the chocolate brown binding would have been my first choice. What a wonderful way to expand your crafty skills. Congratulations!

Sharmayne said...

I think it would look great with a narrow section of the pink - almost like a piping, and then the chocolate brown binding it! It looks great! Do you put the backing on before sending it for quilting? I've never sent anything away - I've just done basic, not so wonderful "guess this will work" quilting - if you could even call it that - more like sew in the ditch and hope for the best!

Jeanette said...

Beautiful Anthea. Hugs,xx

sunny said...

Great job! Don't you like improving your skills? It's a lovely quilt, and you should be so proud of yourself.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh it's just lovely! What a great way to start the year! Looking forward to seeing it quilted :) xx

Lin said...

It look fantastic Anthea. Happy New Year. xx

Karen's Korner said...

That has come together beautifully.

Chookyblue...... said...

way to go........looks great.......

Fiona said...

block exchange is a great way to learn new blocks and techniques. I love all your blocks together, the cornerstones tie them together perfectly
Hugz

Kaylee said...

Gorgeous quilt top Anthea, they all tie in lovely with the gorgeous spotty fabric.

Ondrea said...

Wow! It is so lovely! Love your canine friend..so cute!

Brigitte said...

I love those patterns your quilting friends made for you. Such a wonderful quilt top you could make of them, Anthea.

Janice said...

It’s turned out so well. Having the one common fabric throughout ties all the blocks together nicely. I feel a coloured backing would be nice. I’m looking forward to seeing it all done.

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