Sunday, July 21, 2013

Finished for the Fair

What a boring blog--only the same quilt over and over again for weeks--sorry, peeps!  I'm happy to say I made the entry deadline by hours to spare, so I get to show a finished quilt at last.

The finished quilt is about 59" square, a shape I don't usually prefer, but seems to work just fine for this quilt. All the nine patches came from a swap of Civil War print themed blocks.  I found the pattern called Carefree Romance in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine that worked perfectly with these 6" finished blocks.

I used the same caramel print for the binding as the hourglass blocks, which I'm hoping ties it all together nicely.

For the first time, I tried a "ribbon" design for the border, rather inexpertly, at that.  Not my favorite!  I may end up ripping it out and going with something else in the future.  Crossing my fingers it doesn't count too badly against me in the judging.  

A pieced backing lends some contrast to the traditional front.  Happy to cross this quilt off the UFO list!  In addition to this quilt, I submitted four other items, three of which I had to borrow back from their owners:  a modern Christmas Chevron table runner and an Any Witch Way wall hanging from DD Elaine, plus the Baby Houndstooth quilt I recently made in April for my Bunco buddy (whose adorable baby girl, Kate, I got to hold for awhile yesterday!).  Finally, there was a wool applique candle mat.  Next time I see them after the Fair opens July 31st, it will be to discover whether any ribbons are attached. Wish me luck!

14 comments:

Stephanie said...

Fingers crossed for you! I see ribbons in your future.

loulee said...

Your quilt looks great finished.
Good luck with all your entries.

Mary said...

This is a really pretty quilt and I'm so glad you made your deadline. Good luck on all your entries!

Nancy said...

Boring? Never! I like to see the process other use to complete quilts.

This quilt is lovely and will surely win some ribbons. Good luck

Quilter Kathy said...

Congratulations on the finish! I like the ribbon quilting design! Hoping to hear about your ribbons!

Janet O. said...

Congrats on getting it done--it looks wonderful. Loving those colors. I've never tried the ribbon design in FMQ. It is one I was shown early on and I had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder.
Looking forward to seeing the other ribbons. : )

Joyful Quilter said...

The finished quilt looks great! Good luck at fair.

Shay said...

Im thinking surely that fabulous quilt is ribbon worthy!

Lorraine said...

Good work....and ribbon or no ribbon a finish is always a win I think.

Sherrill said...

Excellent use of swap blocks (which can often be very challenging!!). Turned out fantastic--bet it gets a blue!

Pokey said...

It's not boring to see progress, and to have a finish! Now, don't leave us out on your winning ribbon :-} love the quilt ~
:-}pokey

Kate said...

The quilt looks great. Good luck at the fair!

Country Back Road Quilter said...

It is a lovely quilt and it is NOT boring. I like it and I think it deserves a ribbon or two. Congrats and best of luck.

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

Clapping!! Yippee, a finish!! At least you are a good blogger and DO post your progress. I tend to not post when all I have is my slow poke same ole project!! ha!

I adore this quilt. The colors are speaking to me, yes, they are saying they want to come live with me!!!

Hope you win a big ole fat ribbon. Preferable blue!!!