Thursday, December 21, 2017

Patchwork Quilt Along: A finished top and back!

Today is an "icing on the cake" day in my quilting world.  I've finished my Patchwork Quilt Along top and the pieced backing!  


This journey began in January of 2017, and I have thoroughly enjoyed making these petite blocks each month with Fat Quarter Shop. There is something so satisfying in taking your time and enjoying the piecing process. Now the reward is a beautiful quilt top, just ready to be quilted and bound.




My finished top is one row smaller than the pattern.  I ended up with a few blocks that I thought were just too light in color.  They seemed to disappear when I laid them out with the others.  I'm sure I'll find a use for those orphan blocks some day!  




I used the pretty Fleurs collection by Brenda Riddle for Moda.  Brenda's "Petite Bouquet" print in the sprout green color was my absolute favorite from the collection, so I used it for the border and also for the pieced backing.






This quilt along was a charity event hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. The patterns were free on the Jolly Jabber, and quilters were asked to donate $5 for each block pattern that they downloaded.  All proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation! As of mid December, the Fat Quarter Shop has announced that they exceeded their goal of $10,000 in donations from the generous quilting community.  Both Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics are matching $10,000 as well! Wonderful!  

 Here's a recap of my 12-month journey:

Thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for including me in this quilt along, and to all of you for following my progress. I'll report back when my top is quilted and the binding is tacked down. I can't wait! In the meantime, I want to wish you all a very happy holiday season!

~Taunja









13 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous, Taunja - front and back!! Especially love the pink blocks running through the quilt top! Somehow they just glow between all the other beautiful colors.

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    1. Thanks so much Sigi! I see what you mean. I am partial to red and pink!! Merry Christmas!

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  2. It s gorgeous! I have the same bundle, i saved all the Patterns. It will be a project for 2018!!!congratulations!

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    1. Oh good for you! What fun you will have in 2018!! happy stitching! :)

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  3. When you put your block together - how do you maintain alignment between the rows. I was told the best way was to include a corner post but it does not look like you did that. I have tried this without the corner posts but the short sashes never seem to align. Your quilt is beautiful.

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    1. Hi Ramona! I do know exactly what you mean. It is hard when there are not cornerstones. I actually pin pin pin. When I have a row of blocks and add a row of sashing . . . and then add the next row of blocks, I do a lot of "fold back and peeking" and pinning. I visually align one row of blocks to the other, and then pin the whole length of it. It is time consuming, but in the end I'm always glad I took the time.

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  4. it's so beautiful i really like your good idea thank for sharing.

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  5. Lovely! Thanks for sharing your progress and the finished quilt!

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    1. Thanks so much for following along Gail! Happy New Year!

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  6. It turned out so beautiful! 😍😍😍

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