Monday, February 17, 2014

Making progress........

I really pushed myself to finish this Windy City quilt top.  The pattern for this quilt is in a 1990 book, "Scrap Happy - Quick-Pieced Scrap Quilts" by Sally Schneider.  I made the first one from this pattern about 18 years ago with floral fabrics. I made the first flannel one about 15 years ago.  I made flannel quilts for everyone in my family for Christmas that year.  I had some blocks left over from it and over the years made a few more blocks.  This year I made up my mind to make the rest of the blocks and finish it.  I'll look for fabric for the back today.  It is 59.5" x 76".
I put the last four blocks up on the design wall for Neapolitan, decided I didn't need to move any blocks and sewed the top together.  It is 45" x 52.5" right now.  I might try auditioning borders but I don't think I have anything I would like with it so it probably will just be a small quilt.





I also pieced a back for this quilt.  I had 3 long pieces that were 18-24" wide that I sewed side by side.  The strips will go top to bottom on the back of the quilt.
The cactus plant that came from my mother-in-law's plant finally bloomed.  They are petite blooms compared to some of the others.





The sun was coming in the window by this plant and made the flower translucent.  This plant has the largest flowers of all of them.

14 comments:

Sewing Junkie said...

Isn't amazing how things work out. You started the quilt years ago, but it stood the test of time and is now going to be finished. I've done this with quilts my Grandmother started and they now have a life as a finished quilt. Chris

Mary said...

I love the way Neapolitan turned out, and your cactus blooms are truly eye candy this time of year.

patty a. said...

Again you have cranked thru a lot of piecing the last few days. Both tops are great!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I loved all that you showed - and the blooms are looking so pretty - something to perk up winter for sure.

Linda Swanekamp said...

Love the pink. I tried to go back and see if you mentioned a pattern, but I did not see one. Is it made from strips? What are the width sizes of the big and skinny?
I have never sewed flannel. Does it shrink a lot? I usually wash my quilts after they are done as I like the stiffness of the fabric to sew, but also the puckeriness of the washed quilt. But with flannel, do you have to wash first?

JJM said...

Again you started out our week with an array of completing your great works. Enjoyed seeing all the photo's.

JJM

Needled Mom said...

I'll bet that was a great quilt in florals too. I love your Neopolitan quilt.

Your cacti flowers still look so pretty.

Carolina said...

Looking wonderful! I am so glad I found your blog!:)

Brown Family said...

I like that pattern. May have to see if the book is still available.

Cathi said...

Neapolitan will be a fabulous lap quilt and would look wonderful draped over the back of a chair or couch!

Angel and Kirby said...

I like that pattern. May have to see if the book is still available.

Kevin the Quilter said...

"Windy City" looks so cozy and warm! May I ask where you got the pattern for "Neapolitan", or did you make it up yourself? I just love how graphic it is! Your Christmas Cactus are so beautiful! I didn't realize they bloomed this long?

karen k said...

Love the Windy City Quilt. It is inspiring me to make one in plaids. And one in flannel. Your cactus is pretty.

Patty said...

I love your pink and brown quilt. It would be such a sweet baby quilt.
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