Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Finished Pinwheel Quilt Top!

Woo hoo!  I have finished the pinwheel baby quilt from my Craftsy class.  This quilt is made of nine blocks, each made with four strip pieced sub-units.  It finishes at about 36 x 36 inches, which is perfect for the little girl I have in mind.  


I found making these blocks entirely meditative as they are chain pieced units of straight lines on a slight diagonal.  Still, when pulled together they have impact.  This was great fun to make, a fab way to play around with Peggy Martin's method of piecing.  I can already see how her strip piecing can be used in my New York Beauty blocks, so I am delighted with how that Craftsy class keeps on giving.


It was a beautifully sunny day when I took these photos.  With the sun, though, comes shadows which make it hard to see the top.  I had to take the very non-artistic option and just toss it on the drive to avoid tree branches.  It is not as pretty of a background, but you can indeed see the top better.  Gotta do what you can, right?  I am surely not going to be the only person in all of Ireland complaining about this spectacular weather!

Can you see how some of the points of the yellow squares are lost in some blocks?  I am not entirely sure why that happened as I was only following the line on the template - there is no place to go wrong really.  It must have been how I trimmed the units?  Or maybe how I joined them together?  I think it will be lost in the quilting and washing so I am surely not going to bother ripping the blocks apart.


So, does it need a border or will I finish it off as it is?  If you are voting border, which fabric do you think I should use?  I was imagining the pink floral as it has bits of the yellow in the center of the flowers, but that is quite a small print and usually I go for larger prints in the border.  Any suggestions from here are totally welcome!



As usual, I had my photographic assistant next to me while taking these photos.  She has been so very happy to spend time rolling grass now that the warm sun is out.  She'd spend all day sunning her belly if I let her, the little cutie.





16 comments:

magistra said...

A very lovely quilt top in the Irish sun! I love the Mimosa collection but I'm not sure which I would choose as a border. I do like the idea of a border on it. Ok, I vote for the turquoise flowers as the border, the larger leaves and flowers one. I think that would look very nice. I really wanted to compliment your assistant for the fine job she does in assisting, too. A little time sunbathing is a small price to ask for all the beautiful atmosphere she brings to a photo shoot :)

magistra said...

The blue tropical leaf. That's the one! I couldn't remember what it was called. I do think that most of them would look nice, though.

kathy said...

Fab colors. I vote putting a border on it.
Gray background with one of the fabrics as binding.
I am loving the bold colors.

We are also having some fine rolling in the grass with sunshine warming the belly weather here too.

Tomomi McElwee said...

Ah pretty molly. and your quilt;) I would put borders. Firstly thin one with grey and secondly thick one with same or different print of yellow one and bind with grey again.

Patchwork and Play said...

I don't think it needs a border so I think I am in the minority... I love the secondary pattern made with the aqua and pink pieces! Your dog is very sweet- I beat she loves to have her tummy rubbed!

Quilter in the Gap said...

I think a border with that teal in it (maybe a gray background with a teal something) would be fabulous. Whatever you do needs to stop the eye from the movement of the quilt. Or bind it let the movement continue but that's hard to do unless you can make the binding disappear.

Judy said...

What an awesome baby quilt! I love the bright colors that give it zing. I guess I'm in the minority, but I'd leave off the border and go with a bright binding. That sounds like a fun class to take and I think the blocks look great.

memmens said...

It's delicious and I can't see any missing points!

Catherine said...

It looks great - a border will finish it off perfectly

Catherine said...

It looks great - a border will finish it off perfectly

Catherine said...

It looks great - a border will finish it off perfectly

Sarah said...

nice top and wow, molly is so big now! so cute too. x

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

I think it looks grand as it is, I love the yellow and grey combo. love the photos too

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's gorgeous, as is Molly!

P.S. I'm voting for no border!

Henry's Shed said...

Love it! Beautiful fabric choices, can't wait to see how you decide to finish it! xx

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

I'm not into borders that much. I think it looks great without one. Your assistant looks a bit layed back... I hope she fetches you coffee.

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