Ah, ok, I’m cheating a bit here. This isn’t really this week’s finish. It’s a quilt I finished just before I started this blog in July, so I missed the chance to photograph and share it.
So I hope you’ll forgive a little self-indulgent late sharing.
This quilt is a big one, measuring about 95 by 95. It required 575 hexagons! Crazy. Of course it wouldn’t have required that many if I’d known what I was doing. I machine pieced the flowers first, then surrounded them with white hexagons, then trimmed the blocks square. Unfortunately, that not only took forever but it also resulted in bias edges all around, making the borders… charmingly wonky.
If I could do it over again, I’d English paper piece the flowers and then machine appliqué them to nice, perfect squares. I’d also probably choose prints for the backgrounds and borders. The flowers have so many cute prints, but somehow the strong contrast between the white and melon sort of steals the show.
Here’s the back:
That’s one giant hexi flower (English paper pieced with humongous templates!) on navy stripes. I don’t know why stripes photograph so poorly from a distance. Here’s what it actually looks like:
Despite the things I think I’d do differently now, I’m tremendously proud of this quilt. It was a ton of hard work and I’m so glad I stuck with it. Of course it helped that it was for my mom (who my kids call Yaya). She richly deserved this labor of love.
I love how this medium-scale floral from Denyse Schmidt’s Shelburne Falls line looks as a binding. I need to branch out from dots and stripes and use florals for bindings more often.
First, don’t forget to link up your Year in Review posts here:
Party closes on January 9! Be sure to come back then and visit everyone’s posts. It’s like a whole year of Friday finishes in one post!
Second, on Monday I’ll be back with the first post of the Barn door quilt-a-long! Will you be joining me?
Here’s the schedule:
- January 6 – cutting
- January 13 – assembling the HSTs and hourglass unit
- January 20 – assembling the strips
- January 27 – piecing the X
- February 3 – adding the top and bottom borders
- February 10 – quilting & finishing
- February 24 – final link party celebration (with at least one giveaway, possibly more!)