Saturday, June 19, 2010

It Is Finished - Looking for Summer

I've called it "Looking for Summer" because I've been working on it throughout winter and this long spring as we impatiently wait for summer to arrive.  It seems that spring has over stayed it's welcome this year and I am ready for the bright sun shiny days of summer.  So here is my bright sun shiny quilt as we are "Looking for Summer."
There is a story behind this lovely gem:
Auntie was a member of a cotton club about 25 years ago where members received a sampling of four inch cotton squares on a regular basis.  She collected these squares for years.  Some time ago when she learned that I enjoyed sewing too, she gave me her box full of about a thousand four inch squares.  They were all so beautiful and unique.  I would get them out just to play - sort - admire - drool over them.  I finally decided to design a quilt so I could use some of them.  I still have hundreds left for another project someday.  I sorted out the brightest ones I could find in the collection and came up with my new beauty. 
I'm in love with it!
I tried a new basting method for me.  I usually do the, lay it out on the floor and pin the heck out of it, method but not this time.  I wanted to try fusible batting on this one and see if I might get less puckers.  I think I'm in love!  It was so easy to put together.  I ironed in together and just pinned around the edges for security.  It held together throughout the entire quilting process and I had ZERO puckers!  Yes, I will use that again.
I bound it with strips of bright scraps to add to the colorfulness.  It measures 66 x 78" and my daughter has already spoken for it so it's first home will be on her bed.

9 comments:

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Looks wonderful...and a fabulous way to use those gorgeous scraps.

Good to know about the fusible batting...anything to make that job easier is worth noting.

Lana said...

Wow! I love the bright colours. I've never heard of fusible batting - you shall have to do an informational post about it - where do you get it? Is it expensive? Do you apply it like fusible interfacing/web?

sandra said...

A very unique quilt, i love quilts that come with a story. I have just started to use the fusible batting and I love it to .If you keep entering these contests do you finally win.

kheli said...

I. LOVE. IT. now I have to make my own! ;o)

Jodi said...

This quilt is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing on In Stitches, The Quilt Shoppe, Finished Friday parade.

Pat said...

I love your quilt. I first saw it in an email from the Quilt Shoppe. I too am going to try the fusible batting. Thanks for the tip and keep up the wonderful quilt making.

Anita said...

Hi...I love this quilt pattern too. I made the very same one but added a border. What is really amazing is this quilt pattern is in a book for 5" squares called Charmed, I'm Sure. Their name for the pattern is "Chocolate Chip". Anyway, thought it was an interesting coincidence. Happy quilting!

Hollie said...

This is a beautiful quilt! I love the bright colors.

Synergy Girl said...

All the quilting terms sound like a foreign language, but quilter or not...that is the coolest blanket...!! Please tell me that you have had professional training or something...!!