Quilts And All Things Fabric...

As an avid fabric enthusiast, a blog about quilts and all things fabric just seemed the obvious thing to do.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The latest mystery quilt....

You can call me silly if you want, but I truly love to do mystery quilts. Why, you ask. Huh, beats me. Maybe it's the thrill of not knowing what lies ahead or what the finished quilt will look like. Maybe it's the laziness of just following along and not having to think a process through. Maybe it's just plain old curiosity. Whatever IT is , it's a lot of fun; at least for me.

So of course when the Connecting Threads Quilt With Us community came up with a Mystery Quilt - Quilt-Along in March, I was definitely in. But being the rebel I am, I of course chose to switch out the fabrics from the recommended color ways. Oh, here's the reasoning...hey, it was sound in my mind! The Mystery Quilt was to be throw size. I couldn't justify making a throw size quilt since I really didn't need one. And I couldn't justify making it just because I wanted to. HOWEVER....a throw size quilt is the perfect size for a Toddler Bed and one of my little granddaughters just happened to have one. AND, since she had so many other quilts given to her at her birth, I didn't make her one of my "tummy time" quilts. My daughter suggested I just wait and make one to fit her bed later. SO....you see where this is going right? I chose fabrics in her favorite colors Pink and Purple and her room theme...Fairies.
After a visit to Quilts and Quilts in Branson, MO here is the fabric of choice:
Although there is a lot of blue in the background of the Fairy fabric, it is covered in pinks and purples so the other fabrics did a great job of "pulling" the purples forward.

I managed to put all other sewing aside and keep up with this quilt-along....REALLY not sure how that managed to happen! Step 1 was easy and straight forward. I did Fussy Cut the little flower corners in the 4 patch block just to make sure they were pretty.

Step 2 was quick and easy as well. Isn't this a pretty block?
Final assembly put it all together to look like this:
The photo looks a lot more Yellow than the real quilt top. Oh, and just before I clicked to take this photo, Murphy dog decided to walk across it. I didn't see the wrinkle he created until after it was uploaded. Too lazy to put the top back down and retake the pic. I have wrinkles, so the quilt in this picture can also!
Originally I had purchased enough Fairy fabric to back the quilt. But after looking closely at it for awhile, I decided it was just too blue for my granddaughter's room. Her room, although themed in fairies and pink and purple being her favorite colors, is painted lime green. So, I decided to attempt to remedy the 'too blue' effect and piece the back of the quilt as well. Just made some changes on the fabrics and placement. Here is what I came up with and the label. This is the quilt back after being finished: 
For some reason the dark purple in the photo looks almost black. It is not. It is a very beautiful plum/purple fabric.
There was enough of the Fairy fabric and purples left over to make a matching pillow case. Here is the front of the quilt with the pillow case.

Just hope my granddaughter likes this quilt. It definitely was a lot of fun to make. 
If you have never participated in a Mystery Quilt, consider giving it a try. And if you are not familiar with the Quilt With Us forum, come on over and look around. It's free to join and a lot of good sub-groups for all of your quilting interests and skills.
I'm also working on a couple of bags that need to get finished up this week. Hoping to make that the next post.
In the mean time...it's starting to warm up, things are turning green...did I say GREEN...you know that THE color for 2013 is Emerald Green don't you?  That indicates it is time to start up "the Garden Variety Inspiration"  segment again. Yes, I was out taking photos today and they are mostly Green.  Hope this gives you some nudge or urge to go create some thing pretty....enjoy the photos, but look at colors in nature and shadows and contrasts.

Until next time, be creative and make something beautiful!

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