Friday, September 22, 2017

Mostly Manor Sweet Sixteenpatch Quilt

It's the first day of Fall and we're experiencing 90 degrees weather for the next few days, so it'll still feel like Summer which I can't decide if that's a good thing. At least, my Mostly Manor Sweet Sixteenpatch Quilt has some pretty Fall colors to set the mood for the cooler days ahead.  I made this quilt top well over a year ago and it was on my 2017 Project List to finally finished it.  I decided this past August that I had too many other projects I needed to get done and that this quilt, plus four other tops, will be sent to my Longarm Quilter, Jan.
When I first received my Mostly Manor (designed by Victoria Findley Wolfe) Layer Cake of 10" squares, I noticed that the orange floral print reminded me of a Kaffe Fassett print and thought these squares would look nice with the Kaffe Fassett shot cottons and the Pepper Cory solids I had in my stash. And the perfect and easy pattern for using prints and solids would be a sixteen patch, a really big sixteen patch that I could use my die-cutter. 
I paired up a solid with one of the prints and some of them complemented the prints so nicely while some of the pairings were in contrast with each other.  Since I needed eight 4.5" squares for each sixteen patch, I was limited to using layer cake squares which had duplicates and thankfully there were enough for me to make the sixteen blocks.

Here are the Sweet Sixteen Stats:

Quilt Size:                  64" Square
Number of Blocks:     Sixteen
Quick Block Size:      16" Finished Squares comprising of sixteen 4.5" cut patches
If I were to have quilted my Sweet Sixteenpatch quilt, I would have done my usual straight line quilting but thought this quilt would look nice with some swirly quilting to break up the straight lines of the blocks.  I glad I decided to send it to Jan because  I loved how she quilted it with a flowery scroll using a variegated thread.  Whenever I purchased a fat quarter bundle or another precut, I always make sure I order yardage for binding at the same time (big lesson learned when I didn't do this), so the quit is bound with the wonderful red and pink diagonal stripe from the Mostly Manor fabric line.

Since the shape of the quilt was determined by how many blocks I could make with the layer cake and unless the quilt is for a baby or for a wallhanging, I do not like making square quilts.  I was resigned to thinking that this quilt would make a nice picnic quilt but am having second thoughts now on whether I should keep this quilt in the car.  The shot cotton really makes this quilt so nice and soft and I'm sure it'll get even softer once it is washed. I usually don't mention the backings on my quilt because not very often I use the same fabric line as the quilt top unless it happens to be on sale, otherwise I just use something from the backing stash of great sale fabric.  With this in mind, I used a traditional gold print, that's been sitting around for a long time, thinking this quilt was going to be laying on the ground.  It looks fine but like I say what goes on behind my quilts is only for my eyes. I'm just not creative when it comes to backing.

Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side is once again hosting the Fall Edition of the Bloggers Quilt Festival and this is a wonderful opportunity to view and be inspired by the many quilts which have already been linked.  This is the first time I'm participating and you are allowed to enter two quilts.  I've already entered my Flutterby quilt which was finished earlier this year (you can read about it here) and I will now be entering my Sweet Sixteenpatch quilt.  I'm thinking viewers of my two quilts will see that I do like making quilts if I can use my die-cutter.  Be sure to visit Amy's blog, by clicking on this link, and plan on visiting for awhile because I am sure you will be inspired and will meet new bloggers.  The Bloggers Quilt Festival is running from September 18th through the 25th and you will want to make several visits because there is so much to see and read.

Linking up with:
Amy's Creative Side Bloggers Quilt Festival 2017 Fall Edition
My Quilt Infatuation: Needle and Thread Thursday
Crazy Mom Quilts: Finish It Up Friday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict:  Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?
Busy Hands Quilts:  Finish Or Not Friday

34 comments :

  1. Congrats on your finish! It's 90 here too and I'm ready for it to go away!

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    1. Thanks Shannon! One more day of the heat and I never thought I would ever look forward to cold weather.

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  2. That's a beautiful and sweet quilt! The swirly quilting is perfect for it. It's interesting that you say you remember to buy the binding fabric when you buy the bundle, because I never think to do that, and binding fabric is almost always an afterthought ... but I've seen the dramatic impact carefully thought-out binding can have! Love your hot pink binding.

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    1. Thanks Liz, sometimes I like the binding to match one of the prints in the top and that used to be an afterthought and then the fabric was no longer available, so I learned my lesson.

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  3. Great job on the quilt. In the Twin Cities is was 94 today. Yikes.. the average temp for this time of the year is 69. stay cool. micki@2dogsstudio.us

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    1. Thanks Micki, today is the last day of the heat wave and I'm looking forward to cool air.

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  4. That is a beautiful quilt! I really like 16 patch blocks, and I love the fabric you used for them. Great idea to get the binding fabric at the same time as the rest - I should remember that!

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    1. Thanks Diann for visiting. Sometimes when the fabric is so pretty, I like making big blocks. I'm happy to pass along my binding tip since I've learned my lesson the hard way.

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  5. So many good tips in here, Rose! I love the quilt, it's so bright and fun. If you don't use it for picnics, maybe you could drape it over the back of a sofa or something? Or it could be fun on a table too? I have the VFW orange floral; I have 5 yards of it that I got for a steal. It's one of my pet fabrics, for now. :-)

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    1. Thanks Wendy. The orange floral fabric would have been so nice for the backing but then I was on my fabric fast and had to use what I had.

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  6. Love the swirls! Such a colorful, fun quilt! I like your photo of quilt in the tree. I'll have to look around here for a good quilt photo tree!

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    1. Thanks Nancy. Trees are nice but fencing or a deck to hang your quilts is better.

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  7. Rose this is another beautiful quilt. I feel you girl, it is 95 here in Michigan today with the leaves turning. I'm missing our fall weather. Hopefully soon.

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    1. Thanks Jan. Supposedly today is the last day of the heat wave. Yay!

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  8. Rose, this is another great quilt! You keep mentioning that die cutter and I keep thinking about it. I love the feel of the shot cottons. Hoping to post today to this fun event. Maybe I should do it right now!

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    1. Thanks Kathleen. You know I can't say enough about die cutters.

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  9. Rose, those colors are stunning. I like playing with the colors of a sixteen patch. There are so many options. The quilt is perfect for staying in the car where it can get a few surprised looks. No doubt those beautiful fabrics deserve every one! Beautiful finish!

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    1. Thanks Mary. Sometimes when I don't know what to do with a bundle of fabrics, I always turn to a simple patch quilt.

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  10. I love the saturated colors in this quilt. I also love that there are sixteen sixteen inch sixteen patch blocks.

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    1. Thanks Jasmine, the number sixteen definitely was repeated which made it so sweet.

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  11. Sometimes it's just the simple pattern that really shows off the fabrics. Great quilt! Very colorful.

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    1. Thanks Karen! My favorite quilts are the simple patterns with pretty fabrics.

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  12. Love your quilt! I'm making 16 patch quilts currently too.

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    1. Thanks Myra. I can't wait to see your 16 patch quilts. They are nice to make.

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  13. Gorgeous quilt Rose! I love that you use simple shapes, making them into stunning quilts which glow!!

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    1. Thanks Suz! I do like the simple quilts and I enjoy looking at the complicated and beautiful quilts you make.

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  14. A lovely quilt, stunning colours. And a great tip to buy the binding at the same time, thanx!

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  15. Ya gotta love a super-sized quilt block!! :o))

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  16. Lovely color combinations! Great job!

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  17. Such a vibrant quilt, gorgeous!

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  18. Thanks Esther for your kind comment and also for visiting.

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