Hello in Paris & Exciting News! : WIP Wednesday

I really wish the Blue Meadow Designs company were still in business.. they had some really amazing patterns! I found this pattern around the same time that Hello Luscious was released and I just knew that it had to be made in this fabric. I hung on to the fabric though and this project sat in my box waiting to be put together for a long while… which led to some problems as it turns out!

I laid all of my pieces out to get a feel for the colored blocks.. it turned out to be a bit more tricky than I thought to get the pieces to lay the way I wanted but after 3 attempts, I finally settled on this layout and began stitching up… and then the problems began.

Originally I had intended the cream fabric to be the inner border and the pink to be the outer.. however, whomever sold me the fabric cut me 1 square yard (36″x36″) not 1yrd by the width of fabric which I thought I had bought. The problem then was, I didn’t have enough fabric to be wide enough for the inner border. My husband (the math genius) discovered that I had just enough of the hot pink (because Moda cuts with generous yardage! YAY!) to swap the borders..

The wonderful Tracey Jay offered me some yardage but we had already cut.. but everyone on instagram seemed to like to new layout better than my original plan.. and it’s grown on me too! That light pink is the binding! I never bought backing for it.. but I am actually thinking I might back it with snuggles! Wouldn’t hot pink minkee be amazing!? I’ll have to see if one of my quilters will longarm with minkee (I know some who won’t).. I am pretty sure someone I know will!
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I’ve got most of it stitched up, I just need to sew on the applique and then sew on the borders. It’s stitched up pretty quickly. The pattern was pretty well written (although some of the fabric requirements were a little confusing at first glance but it was easy to figure out.) I am loving this quilt. It’s a touch busier than I thought it would be but I think everything blends together very nicely.

I also asked my husband to build me a quilt ladder to display some of my quilts and this past weekend, he did! Isn’t it beautiful?! I want to make another and stain it to match our furniture, this one will go into my quilting studio… and guess what?! I won a contest!!

My friend is a longarmer and she does AH-MAH-ZING!! work. She recently held a contest on instagram where she picked 2 winners, one would win a mini quilt and the other a $100 gift certificate towards machine quilting. She pulled my name for the machine quilting! Can you believe it!? I never win anything let alone something that amazing!! I’m sew excited! I’m working on 2 other quilts (I’m waiting on fabrics so you’ll hopefully see those in the next few weeks) and I am definitely sending one of those her way! I’m still in shock! Check out her work here on facebook or on instagram.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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4 Responses to Hello in Paris & Exciting News! : WIP Wednesday

  1. brooke says:

    I am so jealous of your quilt ladder! I have been wanting one for a while. I need to show my husband this picture and have him build me one.

  2. Oh I love the colors you picked out and the borders are perfect! I love when a possible disaster turns out beautiful! I had a border issue similar to that and I loved how that turned out!

  3. Sarah says:

    Beautiful quilt, and what a handy husband you have :) Keeper!

  4. Teri says:

    Cherry fabric selections! Love your quilt ladder!

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