Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bollywood Bliss - Daisy Garland Sample

If you follow me on facebook, you will recognize this quilt, I've been posting as I work on it and about the challenges I've had working on it.  One of the challenges that I didn't post about was the fact that in between the time that I cut the fabrics for this quilt and the time I started working on it, I totally forgot what fabrics I intended to use where in the quilt!  The border, background and star points were easy, but then I had two shades of green and a yellow that I really didn't remember what my plan was for placement!  I ended up leaving the yellow out entirely because I didn't like it, and used the softer green in the chains, and the bright green as the inner border.  Another thing that I didn't do was to write down what the fabrics were.  And since I ended up using almost every inch of fabric I had, it was a bit of a challenge to figure out when I was finished!  Luckily I had a couple of small scraps of selvage with just enough writing to jog my memory - Bollywood Bliss by Quilt Poetry.  They are from the Pink Sari colorway.  The background fabric is Quilters Sateen in White.  It's lovely!  (A little hard to photograph, though.)  I also used the green clocks from Hideaway - one of my favorites in the quilt shop right now.

Check out the binding - I decided to go with a two color binding because I didn't have enough of either one on hand to bind the quilt.  Plus it was a fun technique to learn!  Well, I didn't quite have enough of the green anyway, so ended up going back to Threads That Bind for a 2 inch strip to finish up.  I got the tutorial from this blog post - 52Quilts.  Next time I will alter the measurements a bit because the binding was a little wider than I really like, but it was really easy and looks fabulous!

I was inspired by those pretty swirly vines in the border for the quilting - looked though my copy of Doodle Quilting by Cheryl Malkowski and found just the idea I needed for the quilting in the background and narrow green border - she calls this design C's or Scrolls (page 14).  I left mine pretty open, next time I think I will I will try to quilt them a little more densely.

On the border I quilted Teardrop 123's + Finger Feathers + Echoing from page 73.  The busy fabric in the border hides the quilting, but that's ok - it made it easy to practice this design without it having to be perfect. Though it would have been easier as an overall design because the border is only 5 inches wide so made it a challenge to keep the design flowing!

I made this a new sample for Threads that Bind to sell my Daisy Garland Pattern.  It's fun to see how different a pattern can look in different fabrics!  I'm blessed with a good vision for that, but I know that many people like to make a quilt just like the one they see, so I'm happy to be able to provide a new inspiration for them.  This pattern uses some fun quick piecing techniques, so is great for beginners or anyone who doesn't like to have to cut out dozens of little pieces and sew them together (me!)

This quilt measures 48 inches square.  Makes a great wall hanging, but would also be a good Baby Quilt or small Lap quilt.


Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Love it! Your quilting looks great.

Glad to hear you are feeling better.

thebutterflyquilter said...

This came out beautiful. Need to try the binding also. So informative. Thank you!