A Finished Quilt Top

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Thank you all so much for your wonderful and kind comments on my poinsettia quilt so far. I was especially happy to read those that commented on the enjoyment of seeing this quilt come together step by step. This has been a newer goal of mine for the blog – not to just pop in with a finished quilt and say “Ta da! Another one finished!”

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We all know what goes into making a quilt. Planning, cutting, stitching, more cutting, more stitching, basting, quilting, binding…. I think it’s important to show all these things, not only because each step is exciting and beautiful, but also so that we don’t set false expectations surrounding what goes into creating something handmade.

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve finished the quilt top and backing. The backing fabric is one I bought several months ago. It is a print by Anna Maria Horner that was first available in Home Dec weight, but has since been rereleased in a quilting cotton. It is called Sketchbook in ivory and is part of her Hand Drawn Garden collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics. (I first used this print, in the home dec weight, on my Loulouthi Crosses quilt back in 2011.)

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve also pretty much finished the pattern for this quilt. As I said in my earlier posts, this quilt is based off my Poinsettia Mini Quilt pattern, but with additional blocks. I can’t wait to release it! (Thinking next week – but don’t quote me on that!) Today is officially basting day, so I’d best get busy!

Stage 3 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yesterday was such an exciting day in the sewing room, as I stitched together the last of my filler or connector blocks.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Even though I pretty much knew what this quilt top would look like with all the blocks on the design wall together, there is just something about seeing them up there for real.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s pretty safe to say this is the scrappiest quilt I have ever made. It’s been a lot of work – but not as much as I thought initially. If it hadn’t been for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years happening right in the middle of the project, I think I would be finished with the quilt by now.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’ll begin stitching all these blocks together. I’m guessing that will take several hours. I can’t wait to have the top completely assembled and start quilting. It’s beginning to feel real!

Stage 2 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m inching towards the finish line! A few posts back, I mentioned that I considered the paper piecing of the corner block components “Stage 1” of making this quilt. In my mind, assembling those components into their final blocks was “Stage 2”. This week I wrapped up that task.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I seriously love chain piecing. It’s a bit mindless at times…but boy does it get the job done quickly and efficiently. I make all my blocks at once, dedicating a couple hours each morning to piecing specific sections together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Now for “Stage 3” ~ assembling those filler blocks that will pull the whole thing together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You may notice that I unstitched a bit of the section I made 2 years ago. When I picked this project up again, I had additional fabrics I wanted to use – both in the cream/white prints and the colors. I didn’t want it to be totally obvious that those prints weren’t in that original section. So I decide to spread those blocks out a bit.

My goal was to finish this quilt by Christmas. That’s not going to happen. But I think after the holiday’s it should come together quickly and will be my first official finish of 2015.

Stage 1 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This has been a pretty productive week. I’ve finished all the corner block components! I’ve been mentally thinking of this part as “Stage 1” and I’m happy to have it behind me.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Aren’t they all so pretty together? If I didn’t already have a plan for this quilt, I think I would leave them place just like this for a whole quilt top.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Although the “hard part” is now finished, I’m faced with the Stage 2 – cutting and stitching lots and lots of tiny squares. A bit less exciting and more tedious, but it will be fun to see it all start coming together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’m taking a small break from this project to work on a tutorial I’m planning for Bernina’s We All Sew blog in January. It involves Essex linen, Liberty of London, and decorative stitching. Not a bad way to spend a Friday!