Thursday, January 17, 2013

a Little Trip finished

I loved making my little scrappy trip along quilt!

It finished up at 42" square after I added a 3 1/2" border, quite perfect for a cot quilt or a floor mat for little ones or to cover your knees or for the car, perfectly versatile! It took quite some time to find the right fabric for the border, but as soon as I tried the Lotta Jansdotter cross hatch, there was no going back. Similar story for the binding, which surprisingly is Tula Pink's 'Turtle Bay' from her 'Prince Charming' line. I did some chevron quilting, three deep, on every other row, worked a charm!

 I figured making lap quilts was the only way I was
a) going to be able to join in on all the fab quilt alongs 
and b) actually going to finish quilts this year!
I really love joining in on quilt alongs, for all the chatter, and to see so many versions of the same quilt!  I really, really love that aspect. But I also love finishing a quilt! Plus, I can't really quilt a big quilt on my little machine or afford to have one quilted either. So I feel really happy with this plan for the year. 

So much so that I've already started another, oops! *giggle* I was really captivated by this block called 'Grandmother's Frame' by the Gen X Quilters. There will be 10 blocks throughout the year, I'm assuming that, as it's the 1st block for the Sisters' Ten Modern BOM.

There are quite a few ways to interpret this block. I chose to use my 'Habitat' from Jay McCarroll. I thought that the dropsheet fabric would look cool as a biggish piece in the block, the large square is 7 3/4", when you make the 12" (finished) blocks. I'm going to put two more borders on, to extend and complete the outside pinwheels in the diamonds. Then I'll see how big it is before deciding whether to extend it any more. 

Love it so far!

And just for the hell of it, here's our cat Marble Marmalade, in classic pin up pose!

Thanks for visiting, hope you enjoy all the links!
cheerio for now
x Mandy


Rachaeldaisy said...

Inspired choice for border and binding! The STATW pattern works so well in that size. I think you are wise just making lappies, much more manageable. I really love your second quilt too. You really know how to pick brilliant fabrics that work so well. Go Mandy!

JenniDMills said...

Hi Mandy
I'm a mountains girl too. Did you get to the Springwood quilt show? Did you enter anything?