Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Ta Da!!

This is definitely a first for me.  A quilt started and completely finished in less than two weeks.  I am not sure why but I was compelled to make this quilt right now and couldn't stop until it was completed.

(Let me apologise in advance for the terrible picture quality.  I took some pictures outside but as it was blazing sunshine the quilt was too washed out.  These were taken inside at night which I concede was not the best idea but whata ya gonna do?)

Here is the front:

And the back using left overs:

I went with my instincts and did a scalloped border.  Boy was that an adventure!  I Googled and I You Tubed and with every video I got a little more confused.  Maths certainly is not my strong point.  I thought I was getting it until my 19 year old son decided to help me.  Mr B is in his 2nd year of a Science degree majoring in Mathematics and let me tell you, if I thought I was confused before his input my head was in a tail spin after it.  His formulas and equations were waaay too complicated for me.

In the end I went with a dinner plate for the corners and then measured between each corner and found a common measurement and again using the dinner plate I fudged until the scallops evenly fit.

I am not 100% happy with the binding.
1. I am not so sure a striped fabric was the right choice and
2. I don't think I quite got the mitering right in the v's
but as this was my first ever scalloped binding, I will cut myself some slack.

To keep with the theme I decided on an all over stipple for the quilting in mint thread for the body of the quilt and straight line quilting in the borders.  I thought it looked a little more 'old fashioned' and it keeps the quilt soft and cuddly.

I am going to give this to my gorgeous 6 year old niece. Her birthday is not for a few months so I just have to resist the temptation to give to her before then.  What are the chances of that?  Pretty slim I'd say!

Now that Granny Squares (which I am thinking of naming Peppermint Twist) is out of my system, I can get back to some WIP's that have been waiting years to be shown some love.

Until next time.



  1. it's fab! Well done for such a quick turnaround. The scallops are perfect, they must be so difficult! There's nothing wrong with the binding, so stop beating yourself up!

  2. I giggled when I read your story about your son and maths! I am right with you, I mostly wing it when it comes to that, sometimes I get it right, sometimes I get it wrong LOL

    The quilt is gorgeous and the scallop border was the perfect choice! I think your binding looks great and agree with Wendy, stop beating yourself up :)

  3. Gorgeous Granny finish, Sue! I love it! And the scalloped border is such a compliment. What a sweet girly quilt!

  4. Looks great! Love granny squares!

  5. That's fantastic! Good for you getting it knocked out when it had your attention. :)

  6. Love Granny Squares, it looks beautiful, good job!

  7. Beautiful, beautiful...gorgeous! The edging looks fantastic!

  8. Now that I quilt, I wished I'd listened better in math class. Of course, back then, I hated sewing. Who knew? You were right to go with your instincts. The scalloped border may have been more work, but it was definitely worth it. Love the quilt......and only in two weeks.......amazing.

  9. love the granny squares and LOVE the scalloped edge!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation