Monday, March 5, 2012

A happy little quilt

Happy Monday everyone! I am happy to report that after a wonderfully productive weekend, I finally have a sweet mini quilt hanging on the wall :) My super sweet hubby gave me some extra time to sew and I got so much done, it was awesome. Today I am hoping to finish up the blocks for my next quilt top. But that's not what this is about. This is about the happiest little mini quilt that I've made. I had been planning it for weeks and I finally got it all together.

This quilt finished up at 23" square and allowed me to try out a NY beauty block, something I've been wanting to try for quite a while. I knew I couldn't commit to an entire quilt of these blocks, but I really wanted to make one. And honestly, the one wall in my dining room was looking a little sad and empty. The pattern I used can be found here.  Perhaps the best thing about this quilt is that, aside from the white, everything else was scraps from my farmer's wife quilt. Well plus a bit of leftover polka dot binding. It is so bright and cheerful and I just love it.

After making the central block, I wasn't sure how I wanted to finish it. In the end I added the borders and I think it was the right thing to do; that scrappy border kind of makes it for me. I also had a hard time figuring out how I wanted to quilt it, but in the end I went with some simple outline quilting and I love it. So simple and accents the design so nicely. You can see it a bit on the back.

I am glad I love it so much since I now look at it every day :) Here it is hanging in its new home. Don't mind the messy basket of napkins.... I am so proud of how this came out. It is far from perfect, but I love it. Curves + paper piecing seemed a bit scary at first, but I made it through!

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