Random reflections on quilting and other creative endeavors
Friday, June 20, 2014
The Last Citrus Quilt - A 14 in 2014 Finish!
At the ECMQG meeting a couple of weeks ago - just before I got so distracted by the Treasure Map Quilt - I managed to get four quilts sandwiched before I passed out from exhaustion. This one is the first of those finishes. And best of all, it's on my 14 in 2014 list, so I'm pretty excited!
The blocks were obtained from the Spring Citrus Surprise Swap on Flickr in 2011, plus at least a couple of rounds of the 3x6 Bee.
In my last post someone asked for better pictures of the individual blockss, so here we go!
This is the fourth quilt I've made out of these Citrus blocks and there variations. You can see the others here and here and here and here. As you can see, these blocks have been hanging out awhile.
I FMQ'd with just an all-over loops design. I love loops because they go so fast. You're done quilting almost before you know it. I think this 48x60 quilt took about 1-1/2 hours to quilt.
And I really like sampler quilts. It always amazes me how you can take all these disparate fabrics and patterns that have nothing in common except color, and combine them to make something that looks like it was planned.
In fact, it's kind of amazing, but several people actually used the same fabrics, which really helps tie the quilt together.
And then when I reorganized my studio a few weeks ago - after I had the quilt top together! - I found three more blocks. That's a total of 54 blocks and 4 quilts from these citrus blocks!
And those extra blocks look pretty awesome on the back I think. But I have to say, this just may be enough citrus quilts for me for awhile.
And since my fabrics are organized now - by color! - and visible, I was delighted to find the perfect binding fabric just sitting on the shelf waiting for me to put it to good use! It was exactly what I wanted for the binding on this quilt. It's really fabulous to find the perfect thing ready and available and just patiently waiting for the right project, especially when it's already in your stash. (Kind of justifies hanging on to all this stuff, now doesn't it??)
So what pretty projects have you been playing with lately?