Intrigued by the process, I wrote and asked if I could do a lap quilt version of her newest pattern. You can find her sneak peak of the Quilt Without A Name here. Well, maybe it has a name, but I guess at this point it's a yet-to-be-named gem. She only picked four testers, and I was one, so I was tickled!
Here is what I came up with:
The quilt measures 52 inches square and is easy to put together. Oops - there is a stray thread showing in the photo below - go figure.
Turning the camera gives you a different focal point to look at it. I love the simply symmetry of her design!
Making this quilt was a joy because Melissa's instruction were easy to follow and right on target. No goof ups with yardage or cuts.
It came together very quickly, and would make a nice bed-sized quilt as well as this lap quilt.
I also like it because the amount of negative space on this quilt allows a lot of leeway for quilting design. I quilted it with swirls and leaves on the main body of the quilt, and then in the outer border and inner sashing white border, I quilted with a little flower that mimics the flower patterns in the fabric. The orange-red borders have a simple meander with the variegated thread.
In the dark blue blocks, I outlined quilted the flowers and leaves with a variegated thread that had all the colors of the fabric in it, giving it a great poofy look. I wish I had done that on the blocks with the light blue, but I had already freehand quilted flowers in there and I didn't want to rip them out. You know the drill: it takes a minute to put the stitches in and FOREVER to rip them out!
Here is a sneak at the fabric I used on the back of the quilt. The orangish red stripes and the light blue floral blocks are from the Gallery Fiori Collection for P&B Textiles, the dark blue blocks are Gypsy Vine from Laura Gunn's Garden Wall Collection for Michael Miller, the backing is from Laura Gunn's Poppy Collection for Michael Miller, and I used Kona Snow for the background. So it was a mixture of sweet fabrics that I already had in my stash (gotta love my stash!)
I can't wait for Melissa to have this pattern ready for publication. It would make such a neat wedding gift, a baby quilt, a snugly lap quilt for yourself or a fantastic bed quilt. Or, in my case, I am going to attach a casing to the back so I can hang it in our living room. After moving into our new home this spring, I still have lots of empty wall space I need to fill up. This will do quite nicely!!!
Quilt with a smile,
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