Friday, December 9, 2016

Blushing Mini Top Finished!!!

Yippee!!!  I finished up my MQG Mini Quilt Swap Top ;)    And I am so, so, so excited with how it turned out.   It's always fun when it comes together the way you saw it in your head ;)
  

You might recall that I mentioned back here that I was planning to make a few of the blocks from the new First Blush book from Fat Quarter Shop and play with the new Starburst Ruler.


Well I have to say, making up these starburst blocks was so much fun!!! And aren't they just so happy in their rainbow goodness ;)   And I just love the mixture of the low volume backgrounds.  Getting those center points to all come together was a bit of a learning curve, the first one was a wee bit off and took a little seam ripping to fix, but after that, I pressed open and more frequently, and the others came together just great!!


And then it came time to make them into a quilt top.  I didn't really have much of a plan here,  I just knew I wanted them to have a "flowing" kind of feel.   So I trimmed all of the blocks down and then used some masking tape on the floor to set the quilt size.  Then it was just playing with the layout until I liked the "flow".  When I was making the star blocks I decided to make some partial blocks, mainly because I had some extra pieces that didn't quite make a whole, and I am so glad I did, because they turned out so fun!!!

   

Once I liked the layout, I drafted it on some graph paper so I knew the size gaps I needed to fill in.  And wouldn't you know it, all of those scraps that I had trimmed down were the perfect filler for those blanks.  Isn't the scrappy low volume just so fun!!!


And then all that was left was to sew the quilt top pieces together.  There was a partial seam in the center that I actually had a lot of fun sewing up.  You don't get to do partial seams very often so it is always fun to see you that I still remember how to do that ;)   And can I just say, I am so loving this !!!!

And I actually had 1 Star left over that I was trying to mash in the top, but it just made it to busy, but I am so excited I decided to leave it out, because it just made the perfect backing and used up all of the last bits of trimming scraps.  happy dance for no waste ;)


Now it is time to quilt it up ;)  I haven't decided how I am going to do that yet, but I know it will be something on a small scale.  Time to sketch up some ideas ;)

Thanks for popping in today and I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking up to Amanda's, Sarah's, and Myra's ;)
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23 comments:

  1. This is so cute! I love the partial blocks that you added. :)

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  2. Love it! And I love the idea of masking tape to the floor and playing with the layout!!

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  3. Very cute! I included a link to one of your tutorials in my post today! snugharborquilts@blogspot.com. It was very helpful!

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  4. So cute and happy! I have that book and ruler and am excited to find the time to get started.

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  5. it looks great Melissa! The rainbow brights look so pretty with the backgrounds that you used. Hugs, H

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  6. Oh wow, this turned out really pretty

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  7. Good Morning Melissa! This turned out to be a beautiful quilt top! All of the pretty bright fabrics against the off white background just really makes it dance! Thank you for sharing and I am looking forward to seeing it quilted! Have a fantastic creative day!

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  8. What a fun, bright cheerful quilt.
    I like the offsetting of the stars. This is going on my to do list

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  9. Gosh I think the back deserves to be its own quilt, it is so lovely! Such a pretty mix of colours.

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  10. What are the background fabrics? As a lover of polka dots I rally like the two together! Thanks for your instructions, you give a 64 yr old the prompting to try different things!!!! Hugs I love all of what you do!!

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  11. It's perfect! All that fabric cutting and replacing proves it.

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  12. thats really lovely! great colours too

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  13. Your quilt is pure happiness. The background certainly sets off the bright colors.

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  14. I love the setting! Such marvelous Grid Work!

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  15. I like the different blocks with the matching fabric. nice finish.

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  16. So pretty! I love all the polka dots. Just divine.

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  17. This is beautiful - love how you did the backing of it!! Yay, to no leftovers!

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  18. Very cute mini! I like how you arranged all of the stars.

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  19. I love miniature quilts, and this one is so bright and happy!

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  20. Your design process is so cool Melissa! And the quilt turned out awesome! Wow talk about precision piecing. I love the scrappiness and the low volume background.

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa