My County Fair quilt is a finish!! YAHOO. It feels so good to be getting these quilts done. I’ve been working on so many quilts all at once but it seemed none were getting done! Finally, I’m on a finishing roll.
This is County Fair.
The quilt comes from the book Scrap School: 12 All-New Designs from Amazing Quilters put together by Lissa Alexander.
I love the book and plan to make more quilts from the book.
It is full of scrappy goodness.
What porch doesn’t need a quilt hanging from it??
I love the quilt but do feel I could have done better. I started sewing this with no plan. I just started making the blocks and didn’t have a thing planned beyond that. Let me explain…
I didn’t follow my own rules. There are creamy whites mixed with white whites. I typically don’t do that. I think if the outer border would have been an off-white, it might have been better.
I often do this. I look at my finished quilts and even though I like them, I take the time to ask, “what could I have done better?”. I think that’s the only way to really do better.
So…when I asked that question this time, the answer is I should have picked the border fabric at the beginning and based my color selection for the middle on the border fabric that I selected.
….I’m at peace with it though…(as witnessed in the photo below that says “Peace”). It’s still a pretty quilt. I just had a lesson learned moment and that is good.
Here you can see what I mean about white/whites and creamy whites.
Do my choices make it a bad quilt…Nope. Not at all. I just feel like I could have done better. Sometimes this happens when I don’t plan enough.
I know I’ve talked to others that make scrap quilts and often they donate them all away and don’t like them. I think by more carefully selecting fabrics, we might love our scrap quilts more.
I think it’s important for all of us to constructively critic our quilts. There are things I love about it though…I love that I fussy a cut a few pieces like the horse in this block.
I couldn’t find a fabric that matched the inner border so I ended up using the same fabric to as I used for the outer border.
This is the fabric. I actually love it. Quilter’s Window in New Hampton Iowa has it if you are looking for it.
Overall, I do like the quilt and LOVE the pattern. I can see myself making this again.
Scrappy quilts truly make me happy.
I thought I’d take a close-up so you can see the wide variety of fabrics I used.
Here is the backing. I have leftover blocks so used them here.
The backing fabric was two sheets that were identical.
I think you can see the quilting motif in the backing.
I used the hook and bump. I made it smaller and denser. I like to do that for my own quilts.
Here is a link to how I do the Hook and bump.
Of course, we need a Rosie picture. I’ve forgotten with the last couple of quilts.
I hope the many of you who purchased this book might consider making this quilt. It was so fun!! I will be making more from this book. I love so many of them.
This quilt has plans to be gifted…I hope the recipient loves it.