Thursday, February 25, 2010

A very productive week and a BRIGHT quilt


Last week, when I attended my first Busy Bears Guild meeting, I brought home a little surprise bag from their "comfort quilts" fabric stash. I was fascinated by the contents! We all know that fabric that's been donated for charity quilts is bound to be **interesting** and this proved to be no exception :)

The first piece in the bundle was the stripe. Since it was 54" wide, I immediately set it aside for backing -- lovelovelove not having to piece backs! That left me with the plain white and the eye-popping paisley. Hmmmm, the paisley is sooooo bright -- it's one of those prints that makes you wonder why it was even manufactured in the first place, and also why someone purchased it and had it in their stash for umpteen years before deciding to finally donate it.

I decided to go with the flow as far as bright and zany ... let's think sand pails and shovels at the beach, or perhaps carnival costumes. So I added other bright odds and ends, and came up with this. Well, at least it's cheerful, right? haha And a little more of the world's supply of weird fabric has been consumed.

So I got it all done and quilted this week, and the binding will get stitched on while I finish watching the Olympics. I'm ready for next month's meeting!

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And while I was layering and pinning and quilting, I also finished Cherry Cordial, and Green Valley, AND an ooooold UFO made from Bonnie Hunter's (no longer available) Carolina Crossroads mystery pattern. Whew! That makes FOUR tops quilted this week!!

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11 comments:

julieQ said...

You are going to laugh at this...but I have some of that border paisley in my stash! You did great...love your finished project.

Mama Koch said...

I have several paisley prints in my collection, but not quite those colors.
You've gotten a lot done. Can't wait to see how you finished your Crossroads one.

anne bebbington said...

Wow - that paisley is busy but I do believe you've turned a sows ear into a silk purse - and haven't you been busy - well done

AnnieO said...

I happen to love paisley but I think many people don't! It looks great in the simple Churn Dash blocks you made. Fun and bright, definitely brings to mind playtime :)

Fantastic job you're doing with getting finished projects. I seem to be a bit fractured in my quilting just now....

Judy said...

I think you've turned your ugly duckling into a beautiful swan and someone is going to be very happy with the quilt. I like paisley although I don't think I would have bought quite that much of it. ;)
Good job.

Texan said...

I think you did an amazing quilt with mmmm interesting fabric ;O)...

Laura said...

You did have a productive week! Great job and great job on the charity quilt making use of fabric you were given.

Meggie said...

Love all your finishes! Well done you!

sandra said...

You did a fantastic job with those fabrics and the quilt looks great. I do like paisleys, but in more subtle colours LOL.

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh my goodness! You have been busy!
Love the bright churn dashes you made with the donation fabric...you made a silk purse from a sow's ear!
And I love your Carolina Crossroads! I am quilting mine this week....your version is beautiful...mine is more like your donation quilt :) LOL

Desi said...

What a great quilt--I love it when people take the wildest element and see how far they can push it. Well done!