Friday, September 27, 2013

MSBHQAL finish...

I showed you the completed top just a few days ago and it didn't take long to finish it up with the quilting and binding. Having both relishes in pre-school does wonders for the sewing soul!

MSBHQAL @ my fabric relish

I decided to do straight line quilting. I made one giant X working from the center out for each leg then echoing the X in each of the quadrants...make sense? It's hard to see the quilting with the brightness of the fabrics and white. Shashing is 1" and the border is 2 1/2 trimmed down to 2 after quilting.

MSBHQAL @ my fabric relish

I used white Gutermann thread and used the leftover jelly roll strips for the binding. The back is one of the prints from the Birds and Berries collection that came with the original quilt kit (I decided against the quilt that I originally intended to make using the jelly roll), then some Joel Dewberry prints from my stash on the back. I had orginally pieced a purple fabric to the back along with the orange floral and lighter print but it was just too obnoxious. So I sliced along the seam and put a much more subtle print on. I wasn't even sad about that purple.

MSBHQAL @ my fabric relish

This quilt was made especially for me to snuggle with in the one chair, besides my sewing chair, that I spend A LOT of time in...

MSBHQAL @ my fabric relish

My oldest loves to read books, as I've shared before, but she also requests that I stay in the room until she falls asleep. I am usually happy to do so, because this chair is the most comfortable chair in the house. I also recently bought a super fun ottoman cushion from Wal-Mart to make it even more cozy. I love to sit and read my blogs and books on my ipad mini while waiting for big relish to doze and all that was needed to make this heaven was a quilt. Duh!

MSBHQAL @ my fabric relish

Even though big relish has two of her own quilts in her bed, she refuses to share. I showed her! lol

Here is Dolly-olly enjoying the fresh new quilt right off the machine before getting washed. She had a rough day at doggie day care and then getting a bath. Ruff life! 

MSBHQAL finished sneak peek

If you would like to read more about this quilt or this QAL, check out my other MSBHQAL posts here and here.

TIPS: This quilt has lots of stretch since it's on the bias along the edges of each block. I highly recommend using starch when pressing each block before you trim and piece together, then again after. Use lots of pins when matching up seams and sashing. Baste your quilt thoroughly with either pins or spray baste. Mine shifted quite a bit, especially towards the end, because of all that stretch. I was even using a walking foot. Luckily the shrinking from the wash covered the bit of wonkiness on the middle right side of the quilt.

As for the sashing, I decided to attach my sashing one block at a time. So I randomly picked 12 to add sashing to the right. Then took 9 of those 12 and added it to the bottom. Then I took the 3 of the remaining ones to add bottoms. Does that make sense? I drew myself a picture to do it. My only regret with this random placing is the purple is a little clustered and the floral orange and white print is mostly on the left side. But I am super happy and wouldn't change a thing...except use more starch! lol

Thanks for visiting and hope my tips are helpful for some of my other MSBHQAL'ers!

Melissa

Molli Sparkles

Linking up with my friends at the right and of course Crazy Mom Quilts!

53 comments:

  1. I love love love it! You sure are a QUICK quilter. I feel like it was just a week or so you were about to begin on this quilt. Amazing!

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    1. Thanks girl! Glad to see you back! I read your lists today but forgot to comment. I've been able to get so much more done since the girls go to preschool a few days a week. I'm very lucky! Thanks for visiting me as always!

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  2. What a beautiful quilt! I love it! The colours are great too!

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    1. Thank you, Samantha!! I was just visiting you and reading about your last year. You are so very strong, my dear! Thanks for visiting me and taking time to let me know!

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  3. What a beautiful quilt! I love it! The colours are great too!

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  4. It's gorgeous Melissa! I love the backing and the binding too. But you scared me with those stretchy edges... Lol

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    1. Thanks, Izzy! Oh no, don't be scared! It's not too bad but it did get frustrating in a couple of spots, like the last 10 square inches of quilting. There was extra fabric that came from nowhere. Lol. I guess it all stretched a hair while quilting. Haha. I bet you'll be fine! Good luck!

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  5. Melissa, I think so far I had mostly just seen this pattern completed as a rainbow, so I really loved seeing it with colors intermixed. This quilt is gorgeous! And, I didn't see the purple on the backing, but I'm thinking you made a good call to remove it because I love the fabrics that made it into the backing. Cute pillow too!

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    1. Thanks so very much! The rainbow version was my first introduction to the pattern and I think that's why I wasn't interested in the QAL at first. I'm so glad I went a different way with it. Oh, the purple was so wrong!

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  6. LOVE your BH quilt! your fabrics are SOOO pretty!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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    1. Thank you, Kelly! I'm still thinking about your purse strings quilt! Thanks for visiting!

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    2. LOVE it! There's not much cuter than a puppy on a quilt. Thank you so much for linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday!

      :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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    1. Thank you so much, Christine! And thanks for visiting!

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  8. Congrats on a gorgeous finish, Melissa! Your quilting looks amazing to me! And that chair sure does look inviting. A great cozy spot!

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    1. Thanks, Lorna! It's amazing what you can't see in pictures. Lol. Oh, and that chair is inviting. In fact, I'm sitting in it now under the quilt. Hehe!

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  9. It looks great! Especially on your sewing chair! Your making me want to make one! Such a cute puppy!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! I'm enjoying it in my favorite chair. I was so cozy earlier that I fell asleep. Oops! Dolly is quite the opportunistic puppy when it comes to cozy places to sleep. She's sweet and I don't mind. :) thanks for the visit!

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  10. It is gorgeous! Great job at this msbhqal!
    Cheering and throwing sparkles in the air...! LOL!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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    1. LOL...thanks Esther! And thanks for the sparkles!

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  11. I can quite see why you are happy sitting on the chair with your lovely quilt and cushions, it all looks so welcoming and the quilt is beautiful

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    1. thanks so much, Margaret! I've already did a little dozing, too...oops! Thanks for visiting and leaving me a comment!

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  12. It looks beautiful and comfy! You whipped it up fast.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne! Yes, I think that was a record for me...lol. I now three other quilt WIPs I need to attend to. Thanks for visiting and commenting, as always a pleasure!

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  13. I love this quilt! The colors are amazing. Also, your Dolly is an adorable model!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! Yes, I think Dolly knows she is and it's so hard to make that sweet face move. Thanks for visiting and leaving a sweet comment!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! I've been enjoying it all weekend and even fell asleep. Might be too cozy. Nevermind, no such thing! Thanks for the visit and comment!

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  15. This looks perfect, like it was just made for that chair. Love the fabric. Reminds me that I have a quilt in this fabric that is crying to be quilted:)

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    1. Thanks, girl! Oh, now I am curious! You must quilt your birds and berries...I insist! I want to see it! I love to see other quilts in the same fabric. Please, pretty please. LOL

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    1. Thanks, Alyce! Those blocks are fun and reading Molli's blog just makes it even more fun! I'm jealous you got to experience all that in person...LOL! Thanks for the visit and leaving a comment!

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  17. Very lovely quilt and I really like the quilting pattern you chose. Straight lines always look so fresh and clean.

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    1. Thanks, Jodie! The quilting was a total whim...I had been stumped for day and I wasn't in the mood for FM on this one. Lines are so easy and quick to do so that helped deciding. hehe Thanks so much for the visit and the sweet comment.

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  18. Beautiful work Melissa! It is a gorgeous quilt and the quilting is fabulous too! Marie

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    1. Oh, thanks so much, Marie! I am really enjoying the snuggle time with this quilt. Thanks so much for visiting!

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  19. This is beautiful Melissa! The colours and fabrics are so pretty. Love how you quilted it

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    1. Thanks, Jo! I am happy I went with this quilting...fast, easy and effective...score! Thanks so much for visiting!

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  20. That is one of the prettiest Herringbone quilts I've seen :)

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    1. Aww, thanks MsMidge! I am really enjoying it in my special spot. Thanks for the visit! :)

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  21. This is a beautiful pattern, wonderfully executed. I love the colors and the overall effect. Your hints about sewing on the bias also are very much appreciated.

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    1. Oh, thank you so very much!! Such a sweet compliment! I'm glad the tips are helpful. Good luck!

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  22. It's fabulous! Yay, yay, yay! Way to go!

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    1. Thank you!!! I'm so happy I decided to make this quilt! Thanks for visiting me again!

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  23. The colors are so pretty and the matching pillow is just perfect! Great job!

    Thank you for linking up with TGIFF!

    Have a great weekend! :) Megan @ Cherry Valley Designs

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    1. Thanks you so much and thanks for having me! Have a great weekend, too!

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  24. Beautiful! This pattern is definitely on my to-do list after seeing yours :)

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    1. Aww, thank you! It really is a fun quilt to make and the pattern is so cool to see come together. Hope you give it a try! Thanks for visiting again! :)

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  25. This is amazing, and I love the matching pillow.

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    1. Thank you! The pillow was a nice little bonus! I'm quite cozy with the pair on my chair. Haha...that rhymes!

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  26. i was wondering how to quilt these blocks and I really like your straight line x mirrored. Looks fantastic!

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    1. Thanks! It was a quick one to quilt and no marking. :) good luck on quilting and finishing yours. Can't wait to see all of them! Thanks for visiting!!

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  27. Hi Melissa,
    Trying to catch up on my blog reading - I love love your quilt. It is fantastic. I really like the way you quilted it too. I really am going to have to try this now. And Yay! for having a quilt to use yourself!
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

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