Yesterday was like the best day EVER. A new friend came over for tea and stitching. I met her in a quilt shop a while ago. She recognized me from my blog. (Dude, that was totally weird ... being recognized in public from my blog!) She found me in blogland from this lovely lady.
So I ... or rather WE ... finished my quilt yesterday. She kindly offered to help me bind it. (Thanks again for coming over G, and for the beautiful pink tulips!)
Holy cow does synchronized binding every go way faster! Or, at least it makes up for time lost from chatting and pouring/drinking tea. ;)
Thanks to her, I can show you the finished quilt. (She's holding it up for me.)
You guys, this quilt was so much fun to make. I think I accomplished what I set out to do - make a pretty quilt - simple, but not boring - to feature the entire fabric collection. But doesn't it look like a total scrap quilt?
I was inspired to make baskets because of a beautiful appliqued pattern I'd seen recently, and from the notion in my head that these fabrics looked like they came from Grandma's scrap basket. Basically, the universe was telling me "BASKETS" and I listened ... I've learned to not mess with the universe. It says "jump" I say "how high?"
And these rogue prints?
Well like I showed you yesterday, I managed to use the whites for all the cherry blossoms (LOVE how they just pop against the other fabrics!)
and the check in the pieced border.
I'm really tickled with how the white dotted prints ended up becoming the inspiration for the secondary (or arguably the CO-primary) feature of this quilt.
It just sorta happened. I didn't see them in the beginning. I think they're my favorite thing about this quilt.
Oh, and I also got the idea to FMQ a little flower in each post. (Except that wave of brilliance came AFTER I'd already swirly twirled my way through one ... )
So I hope you like Cherry Blossom Baskets as much as I do.
And I really appreciated all your comments about my quilt this week. It really feels so nice knowing you like what I do and look forward to seeing the things I make. I do not take your time and appreciation for granted. Thank you for making me feel ... worthwhile.