The Texas Tumbleweed quilt is finally finished! I am so happy. I met my deadline which is the wedding that is taking place TODAY. I actually was able to finish it up on Thursday night but didn’t get time to take pictures to show if off to you until today.
I am in love with it. Really in love. I think it’s the batiks. I feel like I need to stand up and apologize for any comment I made about batiks in the past. If someone would have suggested I made a batik quilt a few years ago I would have laughed. I wasn’t a fan. I didn’t think there was much variety in the fabrics. I didn’t think I wanted to pay the extra $1 or so a yard for the fabric that they usually cost.
Then some really kind blog readers started gifting me some batiks. I started keeping them in a spot. Gradually my scrap pile of batiks grew. It grew enough that I was able to cut out a couple quilts. Texas Tumbleweed was one of the quilts I chose to cut out.
Boy, oh boy, I sure am glad that I’ve been gifted all these scraps as they have now turned in to one totally awesome quilt.
You might remember awhile back I had told you that Material Magic in New Hampton closed. Before the doors closed, they had big clearance sales….I built more onto batik stash then. One of the fabrics I found was this sunflower fabric on the border. I was hesitant to use it on the border but then six weeks ago or so I talked to the bride to be. She was telling me that she had planted sunflowers in the spring and had hoped they would be looking good and blooming for the wedding so she could use them as her flowers. When it came time to pick the border I was so thrilled that I had bought plenty of the sunflower fabric so I would have enough to use as the border and for the binding. What do you think?
Another reason I was glad for the sunflower border is that I stopped at her house the other day to gift her some African Violets. I saw her house and I think the colors will work really well. Double Score!!!
I got a brown for the backing…..For thread I used a brown on the back and a gold color for the front. I think they were both perfect choices…especially the gold on top. It’s a really “warm” gold and that just enhances the “warm” feeling of the quilt.
The quilting motif if the standard one I do when I can’t think of anything else…the motif works with everything including this quilt.
When I cut this out last winter a couple blog readers thought I was a little crazy. I was making a UFO with no intention of sewing it soon. It sure was handy to have it cut out and ready to grab when it came time that I needed the quilt. When I picked it up I immediately designated it as a wedding gift. Had I not done that, I sure would be tempted to keep it!!
I might be tempted to make another of these quilts. It was quick and fun!!
The quilt pattern can be found in Bonnie Hunter’s More Adventures with Leaders and Enders. There are LOTS of good quilts in that book!!