Friday, September 30, 2022

Playing The Scales - HQM Quilt 26 - Celebrating the Finish with a Free PDF Pattern!!!!

 It's Week 26 of the Happy Quilting Marathon and can you believe it!!!!   It's the last quilt of the Marathon ;)   I am so, so, so excited to share the last of the Happy Quilting Marathon Quilts today.   And here it is, Playing the Scales!!!   And to share in the excitement of this Marathon finish I made a FREE PDF Playing the Scales Pattern so you can all make your own as well :)  

I originally made Playing the Scales back in 2013 (ya, it's an old one)  and shared a step by step tutorial for it.   It has always been a super popular tutorial, but I have to say, it was a little hard to follow.  I have learned a thing or two in 10 years of writting ;)   And with the release of my new Fast & Fun Lap Quilts book next week, it seemed only fitting to share an all time Favorite Lap Quilt as a FREE PDF Pattern.  

These fabrics in this version of Playing the Scales is Dwell in Possibility by Gingiber.   You can use Fat Quarters or Jelly Roll Strips to make this quilt, the main thing is that you separate your fabrics into what I like to call High Volume and Low Volume prints.   You just really want to make sure there is good separation between the two, so you can really let the design shine.  

And for quilting up my Playing the Scales, I went with pretty feathers quilted in a nice Gold thread.   I love how the thread just pops.   And I did the feathers on the High Volumes and Low Volumes in opposite directions, just to add additional movement.   I remember when feather's used to scare me so much, I am so happy that they have become a favorite quilting design of mine ;) 

 Don't you just love the movement the quilting adds to it, so great!!!   I have to say, I am just thrilled with the finish!!!!   Not only do I have a new super fun version of Playing the Scales, but there is a Free PDF Pattern for each of you to make your own as well ;)  It finishes at 62" x 66" so again, amazing lap size!!!

And that is Quilt #26 - Playing the Scales ;)  I can't believe I made it!!!   Thank you so much for all of your support and cheering along the way.  This was a huge quilting goal to pull off, and I couldn't have done it without all of your wonderful motivation and kind words!!! 

And that is it for today, thanks for popping in to share this finish with me as well as all of the previous 25 finishes in the Happy Quilting Marathon!!! 

Now I am making a goal to quilt up the top as soon as it is finished being pieced, no more 26 quilt top build ups ;)   Well see how it goes, tee hee hee ;)  

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!

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  1. The feathers are perfect for this design. Thank you for the pattern. Congratulations on getting through all those quilts.

  2. Yay!!! You did it - and now have a wonderful array of quilts to gift or use yourself. I am so proud of your accomplishment, Melissa! Love this above quilt - and have had it on my to-do list a long time. Wonder if a favorite layer cake would work too, I'll have to check.

  3. A layer cake would work for all of the pieces except the (7) 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" pieces, but you could always just sew an extra inch on to those 7 pieces :)

  4. This is one of my favorites!

    1. Oops! ShirleyC again! I wish this site would let me stay signed in.


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