Time again for the Bloggers Quilt Festival! I did just post about my finished Splendid Sampler but I’m so happy with it, here it is again as an entry for the Festival:
I recently did a longer post with more detail photos of the quilting here…so head on over to that post if you want to see more!
This guy was really a labor…and eventually a labor of love! I kept up with all of the blocks during 2016 when they were released, and now it is a great album of a year where I personally experience a lot of change. I also had a ton of fun quilting it, and I’m so proud of how it came out.
I started the Splendid Sampler in February 2016 when it first came out and they were releasing 2 blocks a week. I did reasonably well keeping up, and the quilt is now a nice memory of 2016. I designed the sashing, which I love, and then just had the quilting left to do. It is the largest quilt I’ve done yet on my longarm.
Here is the finished quilt:
I did a ribbon candy motif in the sashing, and quilted all of the blocks differently. I mostly echoed the appliqué, did all-over patterns in the embroidery, and then designed a pattern for each of the patchwork blocks.
Here are some close ups. I also really over-grammed the blocks as I made progress, so if you would like to see more, head on over to my Instagram account (@brownpawsquilting).
This is the back. I used all fabrics from my stash to do the blocks and I still had a bunch left over. I used the leftover fabric for the sashing and for the back.
Quilt is 77″ wide and 92″ long.
I used Aurifil 2021 (Natural White) on the top and Bottom Line 623 in the bobbin.
There are 475,669 quilting stitches, and took almost 33 hours.
This was a fun quilt – it was great to do, and now it is fun to look at each of the blocks and remember what I was doing during the year when I made each of them. I think I’ll try to hang it in my sewing room so I can see it often.
I’ve had great time with my Bee Inspired bee group this year. I’ve never been in a Bee, and I really had no idea what this whole Bee thing entailed. I chose to be Queen later in the year so I could figure it all out before having to choose a block for the group. August was mine!
Finding a block was harder than I thought it would be. I thought over the course of a half of a year I’d run across several options, but I really didn’t. Given that, I started cramming to find something to do in mid-July! I really like the Elizabeth Hartman critter patterns and am looking forward to trying them out, but in the meantime I found this quilt-a-long from a few years ago that has a similar feel. These pups remind me of my boys, Bucky and Leo…and after all, my blog is named after Leo’s brown paws.