Monday, August 22, 2011

A Summer Sampler

Little did I know when I chose sunny, citrus colors for my Summer Sampler that this little bit of summer would be so deeply appreciated. Honestly, I've found more summer in the making of this quilt than in the weather outside my home.
After piecing the backs of my last few quilts, I decided to finish this one with a simple lime-and-white dot. That and a KONA Chartreuse binding complete the summery look.
Overall, this quilt was a bit of a challenge. I had done very little paper-piecing before, so for most of the blocks to have at least some paper-piecing required some serious determination. This is also just the second quilt I have done totally in solids, so I was always second-guessing my color placement. And, my blocks didn't all finish at the same size, so I worried about that for a while. But framing them in white and then trimming them turned out to be a perfect solution. I debated over colored cornerstones, and again over adding a border, but I really like how the blocks seem to 'float' on the white background. All in all, a very fun summer quilt-along.

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17 comments:

Lee said...

Oh Debbie, it's just beautiful. It doesn't LOOK like it was a challenge! You came up with the perfect solution for the different-sized blocks. Great job, I love it!

Carla said...

Such a happy quilt! Love the binding too. Your piecing looks amazing.

A Seam to Sew said...

I love your quilt!

Leanne said...

It is beautiful and I love how it is quilted too!

Marci Girl said...

It is beautiful Debbie! Great job, and I love your binding fabric!

Toni said...

Debbie, it looks awesome! I agree, it is nice to take a break from piecing the back sometimes. I love your photo collage!

Lisa Ann said...

I absolutely love the quilt! Makes me want to make one :)

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Wonderful! I love that you used solids, it is so fun and bright!

Susan said...

Love how you have quilted your own summer. The quilt looks wonderful - congratulations on the finish. Love the quilting. :)

Linz said...

It is beautiful!! Congratulations!

Mitzi said...

Debbie, your quilt is gorgeous! Great job on the piecing and quilting!

Laura said...

I think your colour placement looks great! That's a sharp-looking, happy quilt!

V said...

That is a truly amazing quilt! Perfect for bringing a little sunshine into a NW life! :)

Katie B. said...

This is fantastic, Debbie! I love the way you quilted it. I'd never know you struggled with it!

Melinda said...

This is so lovely. You really did a great job. And I had the same plan for a few Skill Builder blocks that didn't quite make it to 12.5" so I'm glad to see that it worked!

Megan said...

Fabulous quilt! I love how you did the sampler in solids! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great weekend! :)

Kim said...

Bright and beautiful!!!!!