Thursday, February 28, 2013

Another Friday Finish!

Say What?!
That's right, for the second Friday in a row, I have a finish to share.
(We might want to mark this on the calendar, it's not going to happen again for a while- lol)
This is my quilt that I made with the Scrappy Stash Quilt Along hosted by Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts last fall.
I had a strong start with this quilt - and was working hard to have it finished in time to be part of the link party. But, being 8 months pregnant at the time, I developed complications that kept me on bed rest until the birth of my #2- weeks after the QAL was finished.
So even though I was not eligible to win any of the fabulous prizes that were handed out, I still ended up with this fabulous quilt.
This backing did give me a little grief. See that 5 inch strip along the right side? One should always make sure her math is correct and that the backing is wide enough for the quilt top- BEFORE she spray bastes it together. :)
I step back and look at this quilt and am so happy with its outcome.
This quilt was made 100% from my stash. The gray solid was actually a 90's mottled black and gold print that my mom handed down to me.
 I am so happy that I flipped this around and used the back - gives a much more modern feel, for sure!
This is also my first attempt at machine paper piecing. I drafted my wonky flying geese on freezer paper- it was WAY easier than I thought it would be.
I even figured out the math to make the triangles to set my log cabin blocks on point
 (All you need is Google and a Calculator)
I guess I feel that this quilt is a sign of growth for me as a quilter. And the finish is a sign that I can find some balance between my busy young family and sewing time.
I did back and forth quilting lines within the log cabin blocks. With the geese border, I wanted to create a sense of movement, so I added what I felt was a "breezy"quilting design.
I just love this luscious texture that I got after the washer and dryer.
I also have a confession: This is the first time I've ever used a cotton batting. I can totally see and feel the difference, and love the results.
Have I used the word 'love' alot in this post?
Guess that's why Melly + Quilts = Love.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!
I'm linking up with Pat Sloan for Show and Tell Thursday and with Quokka Quilts for TGIFF!


  1. Melly, this is crazy good! I'll take a rainbow any day of the week, but don't they just make Fridays shine? I hope you're keeping this one for yourself, as it'll surely brighten a cloudy day in the future!

  2. Wow, this is awesome! Those wonky geese really add a cool touch!

  3. This quilt is simply beautiful! I am still yet to do paper piecing, but may give it a go if you say it's not that hard! Love it!

  4. Oooh I love this Melanie. There seems to be a real rainbow theme happening today. Thanks for linking up!

  5. This quilt is a stunner! I love the quilting, the colors, the borders, everything!

  6. Fantastic! Great job, Melanie! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

  7. Wow! Great colors. Very clever flipping the Gray fabric over.

  8. This is an absolutely delightful quilt!! I really love your fun stash fabrics and the way you used the flip-side for the gray. The flying geese are wonderful. At first glance, you see fun wonkiness. Then you notice - Wait! - They are not just "whatever," but their points make a wavy along the rainbow. LOVE that. :D And the quilting is inspired. Very cool wind puffs and love the look of the inside. This one must make you grin every time you look at it.

  9. Beautiful!!! I love that it is colorful and bright.

  10. Love your rainbow quilt. You are a very talented you lady. Thanks for sharing.