Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"Humble Pie"

Sewing little pieces of fabric together is my most fun! But piecing together blocks into rows, and then rows into quilt tops...well, not so much! I have at least three quilts that the blocks are all made but I have not sewn them together into tops. And I am equally bad at figuring out whatever to do about my backings. It's a plain miracle that any quilts get done and finished, EVER! LOL!
I'm still prewashing those 100 fat quarters that I bought at Keepsake's FQ sale in March, too!
You can see that Felix has had trouble keeping up with the mowing this summer, but I loved this picture so much that I made it my desktop photo for a while.

This next series for photos shows me spreading out my "Humble Pie" double four-patch center that I had gotten all the blocks sewn together on over the weekend.
This quilt is made from Mary Johnson's instructions and here is the link if you want to make one of your own: http://www.maryquilts.com/easy-double-4-patch/

 I'm naming it "Humble Pie" because of its unpretentious beginnings as dumb leftover 2 1/2" squares of just every kind of scraps!
 There are Civil War reproduction fabrics, florals, metalics, geez, I threw the kitchen sink in there!
 The squares became four-patches, which in turn became 16 patches.
 The 16-patch is alternated with a jumbo four-patch where I used all scrappy greens to help unify it. Now to make myself select borders and put them on!

On Monday, I worked all day on the borders. I decided that I wanted three; a narrow cream, a medium reddish brown floral, and a broad medium green outer border. Horsing all those long seams around made my shoulders ache, so Felix very nicely rubbed me down with Ben Gay. Boy, did I ever feel better after that!

Here is the top with all the borders.

I like it better now!
Now to figure out a backing! LOL! Sigh.


Debra said...

Very nice vic! Love all the different colors. As for backings, I hear you. I try to stock up on them when they go on sale. Or just piece one together. Good luck figuring it out.

Anonymous said...

What a cute way to use scraps and a terrific quilt name! I tend to stall out on adding borders to my quilts and I hate making backings. Love the finished product though lol.

FeatherDuster said...

I love your Humble Pie!

robin said...

Love how all your scraps came together! This would be a great "leader & ender" project. Thanks for sharing!

Elaine Adair said...

Isn't it miraculous how borders will turn an unpretentious quilt into a stunner? It's going to be a beauty, and it's also beautiful to be able to turn your scraps into a lovely quilt. 8-))

Deanna said...

Great quilt! I love scrappy. And your green blocks really do the trick.

Anonymous said...

"Enjoy the Vermont Quilt Festival...I saw your picture on Bonnie Hunter's blog from her class today. Love your quilt.
Kate in Connecticut

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