Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Finished my Allietare Flimsy

I finally finished my Allietare quilt to flimsy status.  That means the top is together, but still needs to be sandwiched and quilted.  Bonnie K Hunter started posting clues to this mystery quilt the day after Thanksgiving last November.  She posted the clues on her blog, one each week until New Years.  I changed two colors from what Bonnie suggested.  She used Tuscan colors inspired from her trip to Italy last year.  I changed her red to blue and her gray to dark red.  My quilt is a little darker than those who used Bonnie's colors.  I also think mine looks rather more masculine than most.  I used a black piano key border instead of Bonnie's suggested border.  She showed how to scallop the edges.  I decided not to scallop the edges for this one. 
I showed the quilt top to my husband and he claimed it for his own.  He sleeps in a twin bed with the thickest mattress I've ever seen.  The size of this quilt makes a generous cover for his bed.  I am going to quilt this one on my Husqvarna Viking Opal sewing machine.  This will be the largest quilt I have quilted so far.  Now to choose a backing!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Another Boxy Stars? How Can I Be So Obsessed With A Quilt Pattern?

My group held our annual retreat last weekend and I worked on another Boxy Stars quilt.  I had all the components cut and ready so when I got there I got busy.  I got all the sections of the 20 blocks I needed done but not put together in the blocks.  So yesterday I finally sat down and put it all together.  I couldn't decide what to use for the border so I put it away last night and thought about it.  My husband suggested I use the green fabric that I had used for a constant in the blocks as a border.  I checked to see if I had enough left and I had just enough and about two inches left over.  I decided that fate had stepped in and chose the green.  I just got the borders on the quilt and thought I would go ahead and put it on the blog.

This time I thought of the stars as flowers and chose fabrics accordingly.  I used the green as leaves around the flowers.  I love the way the quilt turned out.  I think I will quilt if free motion with white thread.  I still need to choose a backing.  I'll post a picture when it is finished.  I love making this pattern!