Back in April, I started the Retro Flowers QAL put together by Megan of City Stitches and Bianca of Sweet Diesel Designs. When I started the QAL I didn't pay attention to the deadline and worked on this quilt in between other projects. I chose Malka Dubrawsky's a Stitch in Color because I thought the fabric looked "retro" and combining it with a Kona white background, it takes on a modern look. Last week I read that the deadline for entries for some fabulous prizes was June 1, 2012. Yikes, I had so many things going on and lots of non-sewing commitments that had to take priority. Then my daughter-in-law asked me to babysit on June 1, so I knew I would not be able to finish. No big deal. But then I didn't have to babysit, so the race was on to finish this quilt. 6 days ago I still had 7 blocks to make and then assemble the quilt.
At the last minute I decided to do one block opposite, a white flower with the colored fabric background. I think it is the statement piece on this quilt. Just a little unexpected thrown in at the last minute.
I finished sewing the quilt top on Thursday and then yesterday spent 7 hours spray basting, quilting and binding the quilt and finished it at 6 pm...plenty of time to put it on the Flickr site and see how it does in the competition.
I straight line quilted it, going in different directions, using this quilt as inspiration. My quilting is not as dense as that in the inspiration quilt, mainly because it takes so much time. That's three extra large bobbins worth of straight line quilting.
I used an IKEA duvet cover for the one piece fabric for the backing and some scraps of jelly roll strips of a Stitch in Color for the binding.
This is the last birthday quilt for one of my three friends celebrating their 60th birthday this year.
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