Friday, March 18, 2011

A Mini-Finish

I finished stitching down the binding on my DQS10 swap mini-quilt last night. Hand-stitching binding was the perfect thing to do while watching my Spartans play a game of basketball that was, in turns, awful, pathetic, semi-okay, decent, amazing, incredible, infuriating, and heartbreaking. I'm used to watching these guys win come March. What am I going to do with myself now that I have no team to root for? Guess I'll sew. : )

At any rate, my DQS quilt is now finished. I'm pretty confident that my partner is going to like it. I paper-pieced these blocks from a pattern that I created. It's a fairly standard New York Beauty block, and there are probably dozens of similar paper-piecing patterns available online, but I had trouble finding any that were small enough for what I wanted to do, which is why I ended up creating one myself.

Normally, with a New York Beauty block, you would paper piece the entire thing—the rays, the background, and the center. But I wanted to fussy cut the centers out of a print from Tula Pink's Parisville collection. Since NY Beauty blocks are pieced in quarters, that wasn't going to work. So I appliqued the centers onto the completed blocks instead. Hey, it works for dresdens, right? I think it was a good solution.

I was a little stumped with the quilting, but eventually decided I didn't want to put too much quilting on the New York Beauty blocks themselves. As you can see, I've got some busy fabrics going on in there, and the overall look is very ornate. I thought quilting over the top of that might just be a little too much. So instead I just did echo quilting around the outer circles.

I really love how it turned out and I hope my partner will like it too! It's ready to be shipped and will hopefully be en route, along with a few little extras, by the end of the day.

44 comments:

Alison said...

I've come here too just to say I really, really, really love this quilt and think you have done an amazingly wonderful job

Shelley said...

That quilt is absolutely stunning. Your partner is one lucky recipient!

Kati said...

Lee, this turned out great. Your work is just perfect. I'm sure your swap partner will be thrilled.

Linz said...

Incredible! That is beautiful! Way to go!

Katie B. said...

GORGEOUS! I love this quilt. The quilting is perfect! Well done!

that ninch said...

How could she not love it--it's gorgeous!! Love the cute label on the reverse too! :- )

Jessica said...

Lee this is amazing! I love everything about it, I'm sure you partner will just love it!

Paul said...

The quilt looks awesome...

As for March Madness... Think "Great State to your South"... GO BUCKS!!

Anita said...

It is beautiful!

Bree said...

Beautiful! You've got a very lucky partner, I know I'd love to be getting something like that.

What Comes Next? said...

it is stunning! you've got a very lucky partner cross fingers and toes - may be even me????

Marci Girl said...

I love the quilting on it, it was the perfect choice! I don't know how your swap partner is could not love it!

Kimberly White said...

It's beautiful! I like the little sunburst on the back too!

felicity said...

Lee, this is so so so beautiful. You have one lucky partner!

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is beautiful and I really like the label!!

emedoodle said...

this turned out great! I love that label too!! :)

Elizabeth D. said...

I love the sunshine-y label!!! Your partner is going to be super excited to get this package, definitely. I love that Farmdale print you used, and the quilting looks outstanding :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Lee...it turned out lovely....your work always does. The quilting is just the right effect...great job...she is going to love it.

Vickie said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! Nice work. Love it!

Debbie said...

Wow, everything about your quiot is stunning! Just beautiful!

AllieKatMom said...

This turned out great! Good job!

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K said...

Oh my gosh! Your work is just lovely. Well done! I am not brave enough to attempt a New York Beauty block just yet but its on my list. Gorgeous choice of fabrics too, I'm sure your partner will be delighted. I also love your use of white fabric on your other quilts. Its so fresh looking and really makes the other fabrics pop. Delighted to have stumbled across your blog. You've made my day.

AnneMarie said...

Beautiful! Love the fussy cut centers!

QuiltyGirl said...

I love it! I really love NYB quilts, maybe I should make a mini. :)

I am Just One Mom said...

love your mini sun quilt. and the sunny sass on the back is darling. Most excellent! Just the creative inspiration needed. Thank you for sharing this project.

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

This is just amazing, I adore it. The quilting works so well with the design. Wish I was in that swap when I see beautiful finishes like this!

Miriam said...

This is incredible!!!

Phone Home Designs by ET said...

It's gorgeous Lee! You can always cheer for Purdue :P I came across a few bumper stickers awhile ago that really made me smile - 'Have you kicked a wolverine today?' and 'Sparty on'.

On a side note, I'm having a giveaway if anyone wants to check it out!

http://drkornea.blogspot.com/2011/03/its-my-blogiversary.html

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Oh my gosh, wow, I love how this turned out! It looks so intricate!

A.J. Dub. said...

Beautiful! The quilting works perfectly to highlight those gorgeous blocks.

melissa said...

That is just stunning im sure the lucky recipient will LOVE it!

Alisa said...

It's beautiful! Your partner will love it.

traceyjay said...

LOVE IT!!!!
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

Beautiful quilting, and such pretty and fun fabrics. :)
*star partner award*

Marg said...

It's absolutely stunning. I love everything about it.
Somebody is going to be very lucky indeed.

Melissa said...

It's beautiful! I've loved it since the first sneak peek!!

Linda said...

Though I'm personally not fond of the Parisville line, you've made it work. I like this! Your label is appropriate too. Nicely done!

Tezzcan said...

Stunning mini quilt.

Megan said...

Great finish Lee! I love that label on the back! Thanks for linking up!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

I haven't made a New York Beauty so I need to take a look at those to see how you did this but I guess you start paper piecing at one end and keep going until you get to the other end of the quarter. I have been building up for a while to making a Georgetown Circle quilt and hadn't thought of doing it in quarters or of paper piecing but it could work really well that way. I love also how you took the NY process and then appliqued the central circles - fussy cutting those was just genius, as were your colour and fabric choices. Well you know I love this quilt anyways!

tusen said...

it's great and I know many people have already said it, but I love the label, too.

mascanlon said...

This is a wonderful quilt! I came over from Melanie's blog by way of Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. I do love all the inspiration on blogs. Thanks for sharing!

badlandsquilts said...

Wonderful quilt!

Pam - said...

Wow, who wouldn't absolutely LOVE this little quilt. It is wonderful!

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