Tuesday, March 30, 2021

OMG for March - Perry's Horse Quilt, is finished!

I was excited to have the number for this project drawn for the APQ UFO Challenge, so I knew this would have to become my OMG as well.  After all, it's my husband's birthday month, and this quilt was definitely planned to be for him.  

Wallhanging quilt with pieced borders
I started off with this wallhanging size quilt - too small for snuggling under, but a good start for a larger project.  I also had a nice pile of coordinating fabric, plus two more of the center panel which I had originally planned to use as pillow cases.  After switching from the original plan of making larger log cabin blocks, which didn't excite me, I went with the idea of making variable star blocks - much more fun and pleasurable!  I used the extra panels to cut the centers and used various scraps for the stars and backgrounds.

Variable Star Block with cowboy print in the center
There was a lot of  blue sky that I could use for some of the backgrounds, too!  My husband's favorite color is blue, so that was perfect for his quilt.

Variable Star quilt block with mountains in the center

Some of the blocks were mountains, and some were trees.
Variable Star Quilt Block with Tree print in the center
And by the last block, all I had left of the panel was a small piece that I had to add borders to make a center with!  I was glad that it worked out so well!

Variable Star Quilt Block with a bordered cowboy print in the center

I had to add some spacing strips to make the math come out for the borders, but it looks awesome!  I used a poly batting on this quilt, and did loop the loops for the quilting.  He likes a fluffy, cozy quilt, so I didn't want to quilt it too densely.

Wall Hanging size quilt after adding variable star border to make a large lap quilt
Such a great looking quilt for a guy!  He was surprised to get it, and loves the colors and the theme!
Closeup of Variable Star Blocks in lower left corner of quilt
I think the stars were the perfect way to border the panel.  I'm glad that I sat myself down and thought about why I hadn't finished this project before.  Once I figured out that I didn't like the idea of making log cabin blocks, it was totally a joy to get this finished!
Angled shot of center of quilt showing meander quilting
This quilt ended up being 65 x 77.  Plenty big enough to cover up in while laying on the sofa in the evening!
A larger look at the quilt, showing the 18 Variable star blocks around the center

The binding is a coordinating print with a southwestern design to it (the same one in the first border around the panel.  I was wondering if it would work all right for the binding, and I am happy with the results.  I found the perfect backing on sale at Connecting Threads!  I was glad that it arrived in time for me to finish this before the birthday celebration.  That's the one thing I usually have to purchase because I don't keep a lot of backing fabric around, and I like to find a good deal for them.  

A photograph showing the back of the quilt and the binding
Thanks to Patty for helping keep me and so many others motivated for these finishes throughout the year!  I'm loving her finish this month - check it out!

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal - March Finish Link-up


Patty said...

Lovely! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

Anonymous said...

That is a gorgeous quilt, Pamela.