Tuesday, June 14, 2011


This is my most recent finish.  The blocks are from My Whimsical Quilt Garden by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins from Piece O’ Cake Designs, which is my current work in progress (WIP).  After I had made the blocks and was putting them together, I decided that I didn’t want a quilt that large.  So, I took three of the blocks and made this wallhanging which is now hanging above the washer and dryer in my laundry room.
These are the blocks that ended up in the quilt.  I still have to decide on the narrow inside border and make the appliqués for the outside border. 

I took the WIP to the Attic Window Quilt Shop to find a fabric for the inner border.  It is only about an inch wide and the pattern calls for yellow.  I didn’t like what I had and couldn’t decide on one of the many beautiful fabrics at the shop.  Vickie (fellow quilter and teacher) suggested that I make the borders first, bring them and the quilt back to the shop and then see what color of fabric might work best for that inner border.  Above you can see that I have appliqués pinned to one border.  I think she is right.  This will help me determine the color of fabric I need or even if I want to add that inner border.  What do you think?  Suggestions will be appreciated.
This is the one block that I have left.  I think I’m going to make it into another wallhanging, similar to what I did here.  

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Allie said...

Oh how I love these blocks - Is this the one I bought? I think it is, lol. I probably won't do a border though - maybe - we'll see! It'll take me months to get to it, although after seeing yours I want to start NOW.

Barb said...

Oh.......I so love these blocks...they are so fun and adorable!

Sue said...

Oh goodness. I have been going back and forth on whether or not to get this book as I do love this quilt! Yours has turned out so beautifully.
I really like it without the inner border as it keeps the whimsical look of the quilt. I don't think the inner border would hurt that look, but this looks good just the way it is!
I also love that you took some blocks and made them into wallhangings. I need something like this for my laundry room so you've inspired me :D

Terry said...

What a cute quilt! I love what you did with the extra blocks! Have fun finishing it! :0)

Nancy Page said...

Absolutely fun, fun, fun! Ever so bright and cheery! Love the whimsy! Well done! Thank you for sharing. Piece O Cake Designs are just plain fun and whimsical designs. I must go there some day.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

Ann in IL said...

What a charming quilt! I haven't seen this book, but I'll be sure to look for it now. I LOVE the outer border - and I don't think you "need" an inner border at all. I especially like how some of the birds' tails go onto the sashing (they were having too much fun to be contained in a block), and the border mimics that by having some of the circles overlap onto the sashing, as well. Thanks for sharing!

Angie said...

Those are the most ADORABLE blocks!!! :D I MUST have this pattern.

Angie said...

I also meant to add that I like it without an inner border. It is just too cute the way you've laid it out there. :)

Vickie said...

Whoa! This is seriously cute. I love how the little birds spill out of their blocks into the framing!!! Gonna have to check out this pattern. I am intimidated by needle turn applique, but this is really adorable.

I have to admit, I am liking it without the inner border. And I know that white border on the left is supposed to go all the way around, but I love it just on the one side. Or you could put a narrower border on the other 3 sides. Might look terrible and unfinished, or it could be great. I am into asymmetrical, right now. *grin*

Sarah Craig said...

Very pretty! And such a nice addition to your laundry room, I'm sure!! Whoop whoop!

Sue Daurio said...

Those are absolutely adorable!!!! I love love love those blocks. The fabrics you chose are just wonderful. Just think of how you'll smile now every time you go to do a load of laundry!

Em said...

HAPPY AND MORE HAPPY! Definitely will make doing laundry and a JOY!!!! I love this quilt and yours is so fun. My mom did it in the browns and there is something so fresh and FUN about the florals and bird appliques. Nice work, Missy!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Very cute blocks. And like that you will get 3 projects out of one - great change of plans! I like just the white border with some added whimsie into it. Just lovely.

Brita said...

Great idea! I started those blocks, but don't think I'll ever make a quilt. But they are perfect as a small wallhanging. Love the colors you chose! Whoop!

Chris said...

I love the quilt and the colors you selected. I need to learn how to do machine applique, so for now I'll just admire yours! FYI - I'm having a giveaway over at Quilt Talk, so please stop by. -Chris

Mama Pea said...

That must be just the right touch for your laundry room! Great job! Your quilt is so cute! I love how the bird spills over onto the border, too. What about black? I think a skinny little black line would be nice? Or the blue in the quilt would make a nice skinny border.


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