Monday, September 10, 2018

Winner and a Finish for Great Outdoors Blog Hop

Hi.  Thanks for stopping back! picked 34 for my winner, which was the comment by Vicki saying she loved ice cream floats. She's also looking forward to trying Island Batik.  I think she'll be as spoiled as I am.
Now I need to get an Ice Cream float!  lol  Vickie will be getting a variety of 10" squares from the Spring Blossoms collection, and 1/2 yd piece of red, plus a copy of one of my patterns.  I appreciated all the comments and new follows on Facebook and on my blog.  Thanks so much for following along on my adventure.  There will be more give-aways, so please enter again.

I did get a chance to finish my quilt. but it's been raining so the photos are not the best.  

I got some wide backing from JoAnne's, and layered it with Hobbs Heirloom Natural Cotton batting with scrim, which was provided in the Island Batik Ambassador box.  It was a queen size, and I wanted to try it.  It's the first time I've used one with scrim, which is a light non-woven layer that supports the cotton batting.  I found it easy to pin and quilt.  The loft is a little less than I usually use, so the quilting isn't as defined, but it's still very cuddly and I'm sure someone will love it.  

I used Aurifil 50wt 4651, Bari, for the main part of the top, including the setting triangles.  I quilted a flower in each block, and feathers in the triangles.  I love how the thread kind of melted into the blocks, with just a little bit of color showing to add interest, but the setting triangles really sparkle.  The variegated thread has pastel shades of pink, lavender, and yellow, with white, and adds just a subtle touch of color in the Almond setting triangles.  

I used 1125 Medium Teal thread for the inner border, quilting a leaf and vine design, and 2425 Bright Pink for the outer border, which has feathers.  I used the same fabric for binding.  

I'm so happy it's done!  I'm doing a craft fair this weekend at my church, and wanted to have it to display.  

I also finished a UFO from 2013.  This was the Eastern PA shop hop quilt, possibly from 2012.  I finished the top in 2013, and had it pinned and ready to quilt.  I couldn't decide on the design, and guess I needed to improve my skills, so it sat for a few years.  I decided to quilt it to also have it ready for my show.  

I think most of the fabrics are from Andover, and the block designs were done for each shop.  I designed the setting.  I used Aurifil to piece and quilt, also.  I used a few navy colors and a cream for the blocks (depending on whether the block had more blue or more cream) and red for the setting triangles, and cream for the borders.  I didn't note the color numbers this time, but did finish a few bobbins and a spool of blue.  I did a feathered wreath in each block, a swirl design in the sashing, and feathered designs in the setting triangles and border. Yay for an empty spool!  And for a UFO finished!

I'll be sharing my September Star challenge with Island Batik soon, so please visit again!  

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