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A Finished Quilt Top (which still needs a name)

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I did it!  I did it!  I did it!  I finally finished the wedding quilt top (only a week after the wedding, whatever… it will be either a first Christmas or an anniversary gift).

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It’s a modified version of the Dissappearing Four-Patch from this tutorial.  I used 6 1/2 inch blocks to start and sliced 1 1/4 inches on each side of the seams.  I found some useful techniques while cutting these, so I may make my own tutorial later in the summer.  The biggest: buy a rotating cutting mat.  It makes everything so very much easier.

There are some special facbrics in this quilt.  In addition to a beautiful shot cotton and some great prints, there are two Spoonflower prints.  A lobster print for my niece, she has a HUGE thing for lobsters and seems to have quite the collection of random lobster things, and a rooster quilt for her husband, who it seems is equally fond of roosters.

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A note on Spoonflower prints: they definitely print lighter than you expect.  It wasn’t bad, but I was expeting more of a navy for the lobsters and it came out more of a dusty royal blue.  Other than that, they are wonderful and just what I needed to make the quilt special.

There is a 3 inch (finished) border of grey surrounded by 6 inch piano keys.  I made the piano keys by strip piecing 2 1/2 inch strips into groups of 3-5, then cutting them down to 6 1/2 inches.  Then I just laid them out randomly and got a great, easy border.

Linking up to Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday, which is in Australia today with Audrey at Glory Be Quilter and with Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts.

TGIFF                                                  Crazy Mom Quilts Friday

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Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out.

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After a week of deliberation, and quite a few pattern purchases, I thought I had settled on a pattern.  I bought some extra fabrics and got to it.  After a few test blocks, I thought I was ready.  I started to make strip sets–cutting into some very precious fabrics and sewing up a storm.

Strip sets for days

And then I cut into them to make the blocks.

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And all was well.  But, on block number 6 of …lots, I started to think that I didn’t like it.  So I panicked, looked for new patterns, and eventually resigned myself to the idea that I may have no idea what I’m doing.

But now, I have found a new pattern.  I’m going to give the disappearing four patch a try.  Let’s hope it treats me better.