Friday, October 19, 2018

Garden Party DONE


DONE!

I quilted each of the 4 borders in a different design.  Hey, a gal needs to keep practicing.  I did swirls, circles, paisleys and a leafy/viney thing in the borders.  Red on top, white on back resulted in "pokies" on the back.  The few pokies in the top just needed a permanent Sharpie.  No solution for the back pokies - many efforts -- I finally admitted defeat and called it good!  8-))   Thank you again, Ms. Bonnie Hunter for this fine project.  

The lesson I learned was that I used JUST WHAT WAS IN THE BOX.  No fiddling, trying new fabrics, trying to match, colors, etc.  I DID add the red and white, but somehow, forcing myself to just use what was available, resulted in a faster process, an amazing number of fabric combos that I would never have used before, and a delightful surprise when almost each block looked really fine!  There's a good lesson for all of us who struggle with colors, matching, to the point of over-analysis which leads to paralysis.  

This is 83 in. square - a big  machine quilting project on my domestic machine.  It's easy to make and you can reduce the number of blocks for a smaller quilt.  Bonnie's pattern is in her latest current book.



Fun backing.

11 comments:

dortha said...

Very nice scrappy quilt. Love it..

Vicki W said...

Very pretty!

julieQ said...

I just love it! I have mine cut out...it is looking at me reproachfully.

Janet O. said...

Great job, Elaine! And that fun backing looks like confettie for your Garden Party! :)

Vic in NH said...

What a wonderful quilt! Great quilting job, too!

Ruth said...

I love it! I have that problem with the pokies too. Seems like I can never use the same thread on the top and bottom. And my tension knob keeps changing on it's own, or I bump it without realizing it, so sometimes I have problems keeping the tension correct. I wonder if something can be done to tighten that knob so it doesn't move so easily. I think we have the same machine (Janome 6600) and the knob is right in front, so can easily get bumped.

Jen said...

Love how this one turned out! Only using what you had was a good exercise!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Congrats on the finish -- and not to worry about the pokeys. You are so right about over analysis leading to paralysis!!

Elsie Montgomery said...

Lovely. I like what you say about picking colors. Just look at an English flower garden! Good work!

Nines said...

Wow, your quilting is amazing. I am always impressed by FHQ as my shoulders just won't go there. Great job!

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

That one is on my "to make" list. Actually, it will be a long term project. I'll cut pieces for bunch of blocks so I have something to sew when I'm in the mood. When those are all sewed up I'll cut more and so on. This week I'm working on quilting another one of Bonnie's patterns, Spoolin' Around, that was started about four years ago, doing it exactly that way. At this point I have about two rows of quilting left to do & then the binding.