Friday, March 24, 2017

A Finally Finish: A New Wall Quilt for the Family Room

Just in the time for the start of Spring, a new wall quilt made with bright and wonderful fabrics designed by Pat Sloan.  Last year, I participated in Pat's 2016 Secret Garden Mystery Quilt (the free patterns are still available on her website--2016 Secret Garden Mystery Quilt) but I only made nine out of the twelve blocks.  All of the blocks finishes to 15" and showcases four of Pat's Moda fabric lines:  Hometown Girl, The Sweet Life, Bobbins & Bits and One for You, One for Me very nicely.  I love it when a fabric designer uses the same color ways for several of their fabric lines so you can mix them together, especially when you have scraps leftover from a previous project, and then can use them for a new project like a sampler or block of the month quilt.  It fits with my idea of the more, the merrier in choosing fabrics for a quilt.

I have a layer cake of Pat's Sunday Drive (my winnings from the World Series Bet with Dee from Cleveland) which I haven't opened yet.   I might have a project in mind now to use it with all of the other fabric lines since  the Dandy Drive Sew Along (you can see it here) starts in April which Pat is doing with Sarah J. Maxwell.

This quilt was picked up yesterday from Jan, my longarm quilter who did a wonderful job of quilting a simple floral design using apple green thread which makes my heart sing.  I love how it complements the prints and colors of the quilt.  This is one of the few quilts that I've bound and finished the same day it was quilted or picked up from the longarm quilter.  It was ready to be photographed today, the sun was shining but unfortunately the wind wanted to be in the photo also.

The new wall quilt replaces the one that has graced the family room on and off for the past ten years which is another quilt I made from a Pat Sloan quilt. I think this was her first quilt featured on a magazine cover (McCall's Quilting).  As much as I don't change my wall quilts very often, it seems right that this quilt is being replaced with a newer Pat Sloan quilt.

It's always nice to have another project to scratch off the list of 53.  So far, I've finished almost a third of my projects for 2017.  If only I can stop adding new ones.

And the fabric fast continues but not for very long because I have a Fat Quarter Shop discount coupon for Cotton + Steel fabrics plus the International Quilt Show in Rosemont, Il is coming up in April.  My quilting sista Carol will be joining me and I love stealing from her basket.  Wish my other quilting sista Dee can join us; I also love stealing from her basket.

Minus 100 Yards Challenge YTD Total:  -61.75 yards

Meanwhile, still on standby........

Linking up with Finish or Not Friday


  1. Rose, congrats on your finish! It's fabulous! Sounds like you are making headway on your list. I especially like the applique blocks of your other quilt. What size are the blocks?

    1. Hi Paige, I'll let you know when I'm back home, I know they're under 12". I tried looking for the magazine this quilt is from and couldn't find it. I may have the template still.

    2. Hi Paige, the blocks are 10" finish. Please let me know if you need anymore info.