Time for "The Quilt is Done, Done, Done!" happy dance. ;)
It's a great lap/baby size. I can't decide if it'll live near my bed or the couch. It matches the couch very nicely, which is a dark green. I love green. Can you tell? :D
I don't think I realized how densely I quilted it until I was done. I knew it was more than normal, but my nose was too close to tell until it was completed.
I just love, love, love how it turned out. I hope it never gets put away.
The backing shows the stitches much better.
But this photo is washed out - the backing colors are much brighter, like you can see in the label.
And here's a no-flash shot.
Really gives the impact of the quilt's "crinkle". But this crinkle is all soft and goodness. ;)
I wrote the label between the stitches.
First time I have ever been able to put the exact date on! :D
Now for the "nitty gritty" details of the quilt.
The pattern is Bonnie Hunter's "Pineapple Blossom", free and a great stash buster. My version is without sashing though. I'm lazy like that. ;)
The fabric is from Connecting Threads, their Speckled and Stars Sampler, which consists of 15 fat quarters.
I also bought 1 additional yard of fabric for the binding, but I only needed 5 strips, so a half yard would have been more than enough.
I used 5 of the gold/yellows from the Sampler for the 3.5" squares. Each unwashed FQ gave me 30 squares. I had to cut VERY carefully, as you can see below, I only ended up with little "stubs" of fabric. Everything else "leftover" was less than 1/4".
The 10 other FQs netted a little more leftovers. From each 2" strip, I was able to squeeze one 2" square, a total of eighty 2" squares.
There was also just under 2" wide strip left after I cut what I needed, so I trimmed that down to 1.5" strips, one of each color.
And then I tossed in a pile o' ends from the 10 FQs. But they went into the trash after the photo. :)
So it's possible to make this quilt top for $25.33 using half a yard for binding and the FQ sampler... but you have to cut perfectly. There's no forgiveness allowed. Be perfect, or no quilt that's 5x6 blocks. If you do decide to do it and make a mistake, I'd opt for doing it 5x5 blocks, or add sashing if possible.
The thread is Milk Chocolate, and I pieced the top with Silver Essential Thread.
And there you have it! :)