Trying hard not to finish!

I am trying very hard not to finish Bouquet for a New Day.  Let me explain.  Our local quilt show, the Simcoe County Quilt, Rug and Craft Fair is on this coming weekend and I have volunteered to demonstrate Hand-Quilting.  If I finish Bouquets, I won’t have anything to work on at the museum.  So…no more hand-quilting until then!

That got me doing some serious thinking.  Once I have finished Bouquets, I will need something to hand-quilt.  I only had to look in my closet for my next project!  I stitched these blocks about 20 years ago. (Yikes!  Time does fly!)

next project

So here is the plan.  I am going to set the blocks 4 across and 5 down with no sashing, just the blocks.  I can picture lots (lots!) of hand-quilting.  Maybe some feathers in between the blocks.  I picture a tiny inner border (maybe pink?) and, to top it all off, a scalloped border!  So here is how I spent the day!  First I washed the blocks.  Once they were dry, I trimmed them all to same size, 11 1/2″ square.


Next, I started to sew all the blocks together in rows.  And then I sewed all the rows together.  Spiffy!  I love how a secondary design appears out of nowhere!



Next, I stitched on a pink inner border, and finally some borders.  I am not sure how wide the borders will end up once they are scalloped, so I cut them extra wide, just for safe measure.  The best part is that every piece of fabric (inner border, borders and backing) will come from my stash!


Til next time….



27 thoughts on “Trying hard not to finish!

  1. So pretty! Hard to believe they’re 20 years old. Are you going to emphasize the secondary pattern at all? Feathered garlands would do the job.

  2. I look forward to seeing your Bouquets For A New Day quilt done. It is a beautiful design. I had the pattern set but passed it on to a fellow blogger.

  3. You are so good! That quilt top just came out of nowhere it seems.:) Great to see the secondary design. I’m sure you’ll come up with an amazing hand quilting design. Can’t wait to see what you do!

  4. Wow how great is that and all in a days work! Pity they all didn’t get made that quickly then we would get ALL those quilts made that are on our lists. Good to see you got some four legged help and approval. Look forward to seeing it quilted.

  5. So pretty and sweet! Sometime simple is best and a simple setting suits those blocks perfectly! Be sure and show us your quilting when you have time! It will be beautiful!

  6. I’ve been following your blog posts for about 3 months now. Your work is lovely, and everyone of your posts makes me want to start a new quilt! But first I have a few others to finish. Thanks for sharing. Jane in Iowa

    Sent from my iPad

  7. What a sweet quilt. A 20 year project, I may have a few of those too. My sister-in-law came over last night and I showed her a top I have recently completed. Her reaction; shock and cheers “You finished something”. Ouch.

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