Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Vintage Sheet Freedom Bee Quilt Top - Getting There

Well . . . it's been a long road to get to this point, but here you go.  I boogied my butt this weekend to hook the sashing up with these blocks and for now, I'm here with my Vintage Sheet Freedom Bee Quilt:

Vintage Sheet Freedom Bee Quilt Top

I monkeyed with that layout for the better part of a week.  Just about every time I'd walk by the sewing room I would peek my head in and change something on the wall.  In the end, I'm happy with the layout I chose.  I tried to balance the heavier blocks with the ones with a bit more background and blocks with triangles with the ones that were more square.

With this quilt top I wasn't seeking perfection . . . a good idea since some of the blocks were really off in size.  I had to bulk out 4 or 5 of the blocks which really slowed my progress and jacked just a wee bit with the aesthetic of the thing.  I'm hoping that with quilting some of that won't be so noticeable.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not terribly hung up on the "mistakes" and it will not detract from my enjoyment/use of it, it's just a wee bit more wonky than I was first envisioning.

The other thing I wasn't counting on back when I started receiving my first blocks in the mail was how LILAC it would end up being.  Purple hasn't really been my color since I was about 11, but it worked the best (to my eye - as well as to the eyes of the ladies at my LQS) so I went with it.  It's like they say when framing a picture, you're supposed to frame it and mat it to the artwork and not the room it's going in.  That is, if you're trying to enhance the artwork and make it look its best.

And yes, I did learn all that stuff about framing art from chatting with the frame shop guys back when I used to work at the Hob-Lob.

So there it you have it.  The Vintage Sheet Freedom Bee quilt of lilac loveliness.  I'm thinking I'm going to beef the borders up some more (with a different color . . . blue . . . green?) to make it a bit bigger.  I'm thinking this would make a lovely picnic/beach blanket.

What do you think?


Jane @ The Borrowed Abode June 15, 2011 at 12:19 PM  

Wow, this is gorgeous! I look at it and see an awesome quilt, no imperfections. :) Of course, I'm not a quilter.

Jessica June 15, 2011 at 4:47 PM  

I love everything about this!

Brenda June 15, 2011 at 5:51 PM  

I love the way it turned out. I've started quilting on mine today.

Ronni and Sean June 15, 2011 at 7:41 PM  

It's beautiful! I think the lilac was a good choice. And it would be perfect as a cheery picnic blanket. :)

♥Duff June 15, 2011 at 8:34 PM  

this is a smaller quilt if I remember correctly--about 3 X 4? Perfect for a baby girl or a little something to keep your lap warm. I really like the LILAC and usually I don't.

Jacey June 16, 2011 at 8:32 AM  

I think it looks really lovely! The lilac isn't too much, in my opinion, and I really like the idea of a second border in a different color.

BlueCat June 16, 2011 at 1:59 PM  

Beautiful! Love the colors used.

Kathy June 16, 2011 at 11:38 PM  

I love how this turned out, and the colors are gorgeous -- what a neat project! Great Job Skooks!

Leslie July 31, 2011 at 10:15 PM  

This is amazing. I really love how it turned out. I would go try to grab out a little of that green in your borders. They lilac and green look so nice together.

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