A quilt finish for me!

Finally, a long term project is done.  Is it perfectly done?  Oh heck no, I had many sessions where I told myself “done is better than perfect”.

This quilt is very loosely based on a quilt I saw in late 1990s perhaps.  It was gold & black, with square quarter-log cabins and a border print sashing between the blocks.  It was the use of border print sashing that really caught my eye.  I saw this rose fabric in Cottage Rose quilt shop in Marion, Iowa (no longer a physical store presence), loved it, bought it, and had no clue what to do with it, until the memory of that gold/black quilt popped in.  After several rounds of thinking, drawing, using EQ,  this is what I ended up with.  I modified that gold/black quilt to use diamond shaped blocks, hoping it would look more like rosebuds, and used the border print  only between the columns of blocks.  I only have selvedge from the dark green fabric and it’s dated 2004, sadly I don’t seem to have saved the rose print selvedges for some reason.

The quilt was quilted at Heartland Cottons in DeWitt, Iowa, has cotton batting, and ended up being 82″ wide by 94″ long.

The quilt on the bed – there are a total of 6 columns of blocks. The colors are closest to true life on the left side of the photo.


closer view of the mitered borders


Back showing the quilting pattern used – it really doesn’t show from the front


The fabric before cutting – I still have a bit left to marinate a while longer.


I’ve practiced making inside corner binding miters for the hexagon quilt.  I have lots of strips, full and partial, left from the jelly rolls and hope to use them for the binding, and not need to make bias binding.  The tutorials I’ve looked at use straight grain binding.  It’s not that making binding is difficult, but amazingly, I don’t see anything in the stash that would go with the quilt fabric.  I suspect my quilt fabric buying may follow my garment fabric buying – too much “ooh pretty!” resulting in not a lot that really goes together.  I have colors that work but style-wise they are not right to my eye.   Maybe I need to invest in some more solids or blenders?  Other than reds, whites, and blues that I usually look at for QOV tops, I don’t seem to have a lot of “go with anything” fabrics.

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