Monday, April 25, 2011

Design Wall Monday #17

On my design wall this morning is my guild's mystery quilt used with permission from Sindy Rodenmayer.
It is a pattern from Fat Cat Patterns, but I don't see it on the website anymore (she has some really cute Easter Applique designs posted now, and she has some amazing applique patterns).
This is one of her older BOM patterns, but I did not use the sashing/border directions as outlined. I am also making a chocolate version of this same pattern and you can see some of those blocks on this old blog post. I only have 2 more friendship star blocks to sew for the bright version, and then I can attach the borders.
Do little things bother you when you are making a quilt?
This is a comfort quilt to donate to the local hospital and I don't have to see it ever again once it's donated, but I sure do fuss around as if it will be a lifelong treasure that I have to look at every day! For example, these 2 corner star blocks with the Laurel Birch cat centers were bothering me from the above photo.
So I exchanged the centre squares to see if I like that better...and I like it much better!

Now what don't I like?
I didn't like that bottom right block because I used a different dotty background fabric when I ran out of the purple dots. But since then I have tracked down a fabric that is a reasonable likeness and so that block had to be fixed. I separated it from the other blocks, removed the offending borders and put new HST's around...ahhhhh, much better! You can clearly see (click on the photo to make it bigger) the 2 different background fabrics in this block, but I'm much happier with it.
I am loving the colours in this quilt and the fact that I only bought background fabric and the rest is all made from scraps. And if I'd stop re-making the blocks, I could get the whole thing done!
If you haven't entered the draw for my mini bowtie quilt, click here.

21 comments:

Celia said...

love the quilt !

Darlene said...

Love it!!!

Ellen said...

Even though the quilt may be a donation quilt it doesn't mean that it is a "lesser" quilt. I think we still like to put love and care into our projects because it will be loved and treasured by someone. The quilt top looks wonderful!

Debbie said...

I had to jump to your blog when I saw the picture...well done! I think your changes were worth the effort.

QuiltSwissy said...

This will be treasured by who ever gets it for sure! Your changes were right on. Good job!
glen

AnnieO said...

If it bothers you, it is worth fixing--because you'll always know it wasn't what you wanted! Very very pretty.

Bonnie said...

I'd probably do the same thing. Some things just drive me crazy. I like how this is turning out. Bonnie/Virginia

Chris said...

I just love the bright colors in this quilt!

Jennifer Woo said...

Those colors are fantastic!

Mary said...

I liked the fussy cut centers, but that is just my opinion. Good that you changed them out when it isn't a quilt for just you.

Marti said...

Those are great colors, so bright and cheerful, and I LOVE the little faces in the friendship stars.

Greenmare said...

it is really beautiful!!! I do love all your changes, but I don't know if I would have remade those blocks! ;-)

Diane said...

love how the colors pop on the light background! terrific!

Quiltbirdie said...

This really does "jump off the page" when compared to all the other thumbnails on Judy's post! It's really pretty.

Sue Daurio said...

love the colors!! beautiful quilt!

Kate said...

Love all the brights! It's such a happy quilt!

Helen in the UK said...

What a great quilt - interesting blocks and wonderfully cheery.
It may not be a 'forever' quilt for you, but you want to make it the best you can, right?!? So your fussing over it is for your own benefit to make sure you are happy with it. Hopefully the future recipient will love it enough to make it a 'forever' quilt to them :)

Zoey said...

I love the bright happy stars. I think you made a good choice changing the dot fabric. The little cat faces look good, too, though they never looked out of place to me.

Some lucky recipient is going to love this one!

Alycia said...

That is an awesome quilt! And yes, I fuss about crazy things too... and then I eat some chocolate and all is well with my world!!

Melinda said...

"Do little things bother you when you are making a quilt?" I think it's spelled
p-e-r-f-e-c-t-i-o-n-i-s-m!! It's worth it though if it makes you happy. Great quilt.

Jean said...

Very pretty quilt Kathy...like the chocolate one too.