Beauteous Quilt

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I just finished the “Beauteous” quilt top!  It went together surprisingly fast, probably because the blocks are so big.  I spent about a month making the 42 blocks for the quilt and was able to put it all together this past week.

I had decided to order more fabric and add some borders to make it bed sized and the fabric came on the day I started putting it together.  I love when things flow nicely like that!  The original pattern made a 60″ X 70″ quilt but mine now measures 78″ X 88″ with the added borders.

As you can see, with all these curves, there’s a little waviness and some lumpy.   I think this quilt would be ideal for the big stitch quilting so if I quilt it myself by hand hopefully, I can gently smooth things as I go.  I want to try using a wool batting this time in hopes that it will be a little thicker and fluffier.  I just think these colors would make a nice fall or winter quilt and I want it to be warm.

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As usual, it’s hard for me to get the whole quilt in the photo and I don’t have a great place to lay them out but I hope you can see the type of border design I used.  It’s the same border that I used on my spiderweb quilt.  It’s just something simple but a little different.

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I decided to use the yellow from the quilt for the border because the person I made it for likes yellow and I had enough of the turquoise fabrics to add the thin stripe.  There are so many colors in this quilt that I could have used any of them and it would’ve looked nice.

I look forward to hand quilting this quilt made with such soft Indie Folk fabric.  I’ll be sure to share the finished quilt with you!

Some Hot Sewing

Well, we’re into our fourth day of temperatures in the low to upper 90’s here in Germany.  (That’s the upper 30’s if you’re into Celsius temps.)  Which ever way you measure it – it’s hot!  My husband is in Africa this week and tells me it’s a little cooler there.  That’s just not right!

Since we don’t have air conditioning, I am trying to move VERY slowly.  That’s why this new sewing project is really perfect.

I saw this quilt online and fell in love with the colors and fabrics.

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It’s called “Beauteous” and features the Indie Folk fabric collection by Pat Bravo.  The pattern was a free download online but it came out in 2015 (I’m a little behind).  It was a little hard to track down all the fabrics since they’ve been out a while but I did.  I found them all at Hawthorne Supply Company online and they shipped them to me super fast.

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These fabrics are Beauteous!  They say they’re 100% premium cotton on the selvage and “Feel the difference” and I will say they have a silky feel to them and a little stiffness.  Really different.

After I printed out the pattern, it took me a little bit to figure out that I needed to tape all the pages together for the pattern pieces.

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After cutting out the pattern pieces, I dove right in.

These blocks are basically ALL curves.  I haven’t done any of the paper pieced blocks and not sure how that’s going to work.  There are 15 of those blocks and this pattern spans 2 printed pages.  I don’t know if I want to make all those copies.  I’m saving those for last so I can cut out all the other block pieces first.

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For sewing all the curves, this means lots of pinning and slow sewing.  With the heat, I just aim a fan at myself and take the time to do all that pinning.

The pattern says that this quilt will measure 72″ X 72″ but I don’t think that’s correct.  The finished measurements of the blocks are 10″ and there are 7 rows of 6 blocks each so I think it should end up being more like 60 1/2″ X 70 1/2″.  I’m no mathematician though.  I was thinking about adding a couple borders to make it a little bigger and I need to decide which of the fabrics I really like and order more of it for a border.  That’s a tough decision to make.

Anyway, back to eating Popsicles and pinning curves.

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