Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Flowers for Christine

Flowers for Christine - backing

Flowers for Christine

Another quilt that I am just thrilled with! This quilt top was made while participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (February - red). I used the red border fabric that I removed from Full of Wonder (see previous post) to make the flower blocks and I used the bonus triangles from sewing the flowers to make the pinwheels in the border. Now that's what I call scrap busting - use up as much as possible before it even hits the bin! I like this flower pattern so much that I do plan on making at least one more quilt using it.

I have been working pretty well non-stop during my free time to get some of my quilt tops turned into quilts before the end of March. I basted this little quilt on Sunday and quilted it and attached the binding on Monday. I started hand-stitching the binding down last night but gave up at 11:30 pm. I often wake up at 2 am and it takes me a very long time to go back to sleep so instead I got up at 2:30 am and finished up the binding. This little quilt finished at approx. 60" x 70" and I free-motion quilted it in a meandering design. I quilted it a little bit denser than I might normally because I had a couple issues with the quilt top. I have discovered that it is better to press the quilt top with starch before adding the border. The same red fabric was used for the border and binding. I quite like the fabric that I used for the backing - it is a soft green teal and is really sweet. I would like to keep this little quilt for myself but I will be giving it to my sister Christine instead. She did originally pick out the red flower fabric to go in Full of Wonder and I just couldn't use it so now she will still have it. She doesn't read my blog so I know this will be a surprise for her.


Cherry Red Quilter said...

That quilt looks fabulous! well done. Your sister will love it! happy stitching!

blauraute said...

Your sister will love that quilt very much. It's a beautiful surprise.
Molly are very glad with the new green quilt, it's a wonderful photo.
Have a nice week

Crispy said...

The quilt is lovely and how wonderful that those scraps never hit the bin :0) It's great that you used your wakeful time to such a nice advantage.


Cheryl said...

I just think Flowers for Christine is glorious! I know this will be a very special quilt for Christine. I think she will be very touched! Love sis

Rose Marie said...

I have enjoyed seeing your progress on this quilt and now that it is done ..... beautiful!