She's currently on the frame, and should be finished up soon. Maybe, if I'm lucky, I'll get to work on the binding tonight! I only say that because life has been incredibly crazy lately - only getting tiny bits of time to quilt. Thirty minutes here, and 20 minutes there really dampens the creative flow!
Anyway, a bit about this quilt. When I first saw it,
the simplicity really struck me. Then on a trip to Joann's, I found this really pretty plaid, and a couple of coordinating Kona cottons.
And in my stash, I've had these pretty 2 1/2" squares set aside for something special.
Perfect! Or so I thought. Turns out the pattern uses larger squares. Well, I didn't have bigger squares, and I didn't want a quilt that big. So I improvised. Making nine patches produced a size that was more of what I wanted. It also meant I couldn't faithfully follow the instructions. And being a bit lazy, I opted not to piece a bunch of strips for the upper half. A whole piece is a bit trickier, with some guesswork, but it worked.
The bottom half went together quickly.
Then life got in the way, and I couldn't finish it up until the next day. When I got to the side pieces, I wasn't happy with the plaid on the edge. I thought it made the little squares disappear.
Let's look at pink,
I like pink the best - the green makes it look chopped up. Pink just makes a smoother flow to the design.
Adorable, isn't it? So don't be afraid to switch things up from a pattern. Do what works for you!
I'll post more about the quilting when it's all done. Until then,