Friday, May 3, 2019

Finally, a Finish / Beauties Pageant 30

It has been a long time since I’ve unveiled a fully finished quilt! I’m happy to introduce you today to my latest foray into scrapping quilting: Valentine.

My version of this pattern, found in Elizabeth Hartman’s Practical Guide to Patchwork, was dictated by a fabric I used on the back. The recipient of this quilt is a librarian, and I could not resist splurging on some of Heather Givans’ Overdue print ...

The shades of periwinkle, aqua, teal, and berry that I pulled from the back were not my usual palette, but I had a surprising amount in my scraps and stash. It felt great to put those jewel tones to good use. The fabric deficits that remained were made up by friends who dug into their own scraps for me.

I quilted this project using the Prostitcher at my local quilt shop. It was my second time using a pantograph on the longarm, and everything went OK, although the quilting design I chose at this density required me to change the bobbin a dozen times. (Bleck.)

There are so many great fabrics in this quilt, including long-cherished prints from Catnap by Lizzy House and Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander.

I’m thrilled to add that this is one of my Q2 Finish-A-Long goals. : )

Linking up to Oh Scrap! ...

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My apologies to those of you who visited last week only to realize that the Beauties Pageant wasn’t happening. I was attending a local Special Olympics event instead of bragging about my own scrappy finish. (For the record, the games were a big, wet bust. My athlete would have nothing to do with the rain!) But the pageant is back today, and we’re all waiting to see this week’s participants!

The pageant rules are simple:
  • Post your finish in the linky tool. (No links to your own giveaway or linky, please!)
  • Point your readers back here with a text link or use the button above.
  • Visit and comment on other participants’ finishes.

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  1. I love the colors you used in this quilt!

  2. Congratulations on the finish! I love that you pulled colors based on the backing.

  3. Well's a great finish. Sounds like you are enjoying the longarm.

  4. The front fits perfectly with the backing. It is so fun that you sometimes work that way :) And I love the colors. Great gift that I hope will be appreciated and loved lots!

    Btw great quilting. Impressive for just your second time trying a phanto!

  5. Gotta love anything with aqua in it, congrats on your finish!

  6. Hi Michelle! Oh, that backing fabric - ooh-la-la. I have a couple of Librarian friends who would just adore it, and the fabrics you chose to compliment it is just perfect. I love the strings and how you put them together. Yay you for giving the panto another try - I think that pattern looks fab. And boo to having to change the bobbin so many times - bleck is right. Finally a Q2 finish is another great thing - win/win/win! Woot woot. ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. I love a good string quilt and the colors in this one are yummy. Thank goodness for friends with scraps :)

  8. That is a beautiful quilt! I really love the colors, and the backing is so perfect for the recipient. Really a beautiful finish!

  9. I love string quilts. The colors on this are lovely.

  10. What a lovely scrap quilt - it caught my eye immediately on Kelly's linky party! Great work - I must get busy and do something similar with all the scraps I have got piling up in my sewing room...

  11. Gorgeous finish, Michelle. This is indeed a String Quilt Beauty. Love the thought you put into it, especially the backing. Visiting from NTT.


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