2011 QNL Mystery Qt-Garden Delight-Expanded
Filed under: Pieced Blocks, Machine Quilting, Queen, Home Machine, 100% Cotton, Patchwork, Rotary Cutting, Machine Applique, Machine Piecing, Jewel Tones, Making Templates, Free Motion, Embellishing, Traditional, Mariner's Compass, New Takes on Traditional, Fusibles
This is my version of Quilters Newsletters 2011 Mystery Quilt , Garden Delight, designed by Nancy Mahoney. The original planned size was 74 X74, so I planned immediately, that when the mystery was revealed, I would find a way to enlarge it to a queen sized rectangular bed quilt. So I drafted and added the outer borders to enlarge it. Mine turned out 84" X 103" - not quite as wide as I would have liked. Ther orginal was made with "feed sack" or vintage looking fabrics. I opted for jewel tones. I am so pleased with the results I plan to use it on my own bed after the next local quilt show - hoping for a ribbon, though my quilts are never perfect. I quilted it myself on my Bernina. I kept track of my time-92 1/2 hours from Nov 2010 till Nov 2011 and about $150 in fabrics, batting and thread. I've gotten into backing "piecedbacks" using the leftovers from the front, but I will want to make coordinated runners and curtain valance and decided this quilt deserved a beautiful back, so I splurged ona Phillip Jacobs large scale floral that I love. Spent more for the backing than the front.