Fit for a Queen

I have been working and working and working on my Teal Fizz quilt.  I decided that I need it to fit my bed so I continued to cut and cut and cut and sew and sew and sew.  My plan was 90″ x 108″ to fit my queen size bed and I got it to about 84×84 and went to try it out.Perfect amount of overhang on all sides!  I never cover up the pillows with my bedcovering so I don’t need it any longer than it currently is. I was so happy that I did not need to cut any more blocks. And it looks awesome!  I’m so happy with the result.

On the downside,  now I need to make a backing that is slightly larger than that.  I have this plan using solids and incorporating some scraps from the front.  The plan in my head is not turning out in the fabric but I think it will look great once done.  I’m okay with making adjustments on the fly.  And that is what’s great about pieced backings.  They lend themselves to improv type piecing and are very adaptable.

This strip is going to be lengthwise somewhere on the back.  So, it will be solids, this pieced strip, and the bee blocks that did not make the cut for the front of the quilt.  Some of the colors weren’t quite the right shade of teal and grey.  So, I did get a large bit of the backing complete. Love this pic of the prettiest trimmings ever!And then the quilt top in all its glory.OMG!  I love this so much!  I won’t have the chance to do any sewing on the machine this week so I hope you guy can pick up my slack.  But, I’ll get back to it as soon as I can.

Happy Sewing!

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The Birds and the Bees

I missed the last link-up for the Triangle Quilt Along over at the Sassy Quilter. It was a very busy week and I didn’t get my top done until Saturday. But, I now have the top done and the backing finished and I am incredibly pleased with both. Here’s how it all started:

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I started piecing the rows together in sections. Quadrants work better for me than rows when piecing large sections. I tend to be a bit more precise that way.
So, I pieced the left rows together 4 at a time then the right side ones. I joined the left to the right. This was done in 3 sections. My points are not perfect but some of them came out pretty good.

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And some did not.

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Oh well, you can’t really tell in the big picture.

It was a gorgeous day out so I took this top outside for some glamour shots.

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I had stopped at Joann’s on the way home from work and found these lovelies to use as the backing.

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It turned out great. I’ve been trying to think of a name for this quilt and as I was sewing this backing together it just hit me. The Birds and the Bees. The sweetest bees on the front and those birds on the back Perfect!

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Now, I need to do the basting. Which is the part I continuously put off and the reason I have more quilt tops than finished quilts. This time I have a great excuse. How in the world could I have disturbed this?

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