A Darla-ing Finish Plus One

I’m so excited to report that I finally finished my Darla quilt this week!

I pieced together nine-patch blocks with 7-1/2 inch squares in between, and framed it with a white border. Then I quilted diagonal lines through each block going across the entire top. It seems like such an old-fashioned quilt with all those pastels and gingham. Quite girly, isn’t it?

I love how the back looks, with polka dots on either side of a center stripe of fabrics left over from the front.

I was wishing I had used a more contemporary quilt pattern with these fabrics, so I decided to make a matching pillow in a more modern pattern. To keep that girly feeling going, I added some pom-pom fringe. Now I like the pillow even better than the quilt! (sorry quilt)

I love string-pieced blocks because of the kaleidoscope effect they create, so this was a quick way to make a mini quilt with my left over Darla scraps. I might even have enough scraps to make another one. It was also another good way to practice my free-motion quilting skills, which went well on this piece.

It feels so good to have this one finished! Now I’m off to machine-quilt my Mod Girls quilt, which I can’t wait to use.

18 thoughts on “A Darla-ing Finish Plus One

  1. I love those Darla fabrics! Great pillow. It especially makes me smile because the same thing happened to be when I made a string pillow (and a couple other patchwork pillows) to go with my half hexagon quilt for my daughter. I ended up liking the pillows better too, but they were my first pillows and I was pretty proud of the accomplishment.

  2. I love the pillows! I really love string piecing and they’ll add some visual contrast next to the quilt. AH-Dorable! I wish I had that to snuggle under right now-the south got hit with a MAJOR snowstorm.

  3. That is so cute. Just love it. I know the feeling when you finish a piece and then you think the fabric would have really looked so good in another pattern. I’m really bad about that. I get fabric and then I sit on it for I just know if I make a quilt out of it I will then say oh this fabric would have looked so much better on this style quilt. They end up all pretty cool looking so I guess we just live with our choice. I really like the fabrics on yours and I really like the pillow in that pattern design. Very Cool. Keep inspiring me. I need it badly.

  4. So pretty and feminine! I really like the pieced backs to give a little more interest. The pillow is so cute with the pom pom trim and your quilting looks good to me! Pat yourself on the back:)

  5. Beautiful Quilt and adorable pillow. If you like the large rick rack you could always sew that on the inside edge of your border. I have seen it on several quilts and it’s really girly and very cute.

  6. The quilt is beautiful. Darla is one of my favorite fabric lines. I love the string pillow! String projects are becoming one of my favorites! Have a good day!

  7. Love the Darla quilt, but I have to agree that pillow is even cuter. It may be the pom pom trim that has lured me in. Hope you have a good weekend!

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