We have lots of new people stopping by today. If you’re new, welcome. This blog is a place my oldest daughter Kelli and I share our quilting and family things. We have a new post every morning and every evening. Recipes, books, family and quilting are only a few of the things that we share here. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in.
Our string challenge is slowly coming to a close. As of today….my top is finished.
I am so happy to have it DONE as in done, done. Well…you know what I mean. Not done-done. Done as in top is done.
I skipped the string border. I thought it was a little overpowering with my soft colors….besides I had the awesome batik fabric in my stash that would work great for a border fabric.
With the colors in the quilt being so golden, the quilt was screaming for that batik border fabric with the leaves in it.
Can you believe that most of the fabric for the strings came from a bag of scraps a blog readers sent me?? The batik for the the sashing, borders and red points came from a fabric shop going out of business sale. All in all it was a cheap quilt to make.
I know some of you are new here and have come through the mystery link so let me explain. When Bonnie Hunter, back a year ago, said her next book would be a string book, I made challenge to myself to make EVERY one of her quilts in the String Fling book. This Tulip Fields quilt is the last one for me to finish. Hooray!!! I plan to try to get it quilted this week. I have a backing picked out by not pieced yet. My secret (well not a secret now) is to have the top quilted and finished by Friday. Stop back and see if I make the goal.
I know I said I wasn’t going to do the mystery quilt that Bonnie Hunter is doing but really, how can I say no when she starts with a big bunch of red and white four patches. Red is my color. Four patches are my jam. Really??? Too tempting.
But…I swore off the mystery this year. I wanted to sew something just for me and about me instead. So what did I do….I opened up my 1 1/2″ bucket and what did I see??? This.All of those red and white pieces just waiting to become four patches. How could I say no. I didn’t even need to cut anything. Can I really resist? No…
….I have a feeling more will happen.
I keep telling myself that I can use these in any number of other projects. Oh my. I can see my resistance circling the drain. I did decide one thing. If I end up doing the mystery, I am doing it in Civil Wars. I heard someone say poison greens and I got a little weak in the knees. I’m not a green girl but I do like me some poison green.
You’ll have to come back next week and see if I end up doing more. I don’t do well with mystery pressure when it come to red and four patches. AHHHH.
Thanks for stopping by. If you want to learn more about the mystery quilt…all things mystery can be found here on Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt page including clues and link ups. It’s the place to go for all things mystery. Here is the link to today’s specific post there.