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.
This is what I’ve been slowly working on during the weeknights this week:
darning Mike's mitten
My brother gave me his favorite mittens to darn, since one of them had a hole near the fingertips and a big hole in the thumb. I’m not a big fan of darning because I don’t really know how to do it, especially with such a big area that doesn’t have much yarn/thread left to pull back together. I usually just make it up as I go along. He gave these to me a couple weeks ago, and I forgot about them! (sorry Mike!) They will be in the mail this afternoon.
I have resolved to not start another quilt this year until I finish the unfinished ones in my house. To keep up with that resolution, I send three quilts to a machine-quilter friend of mine a few weeks ago. I sewed the binding onto my Darla quilt last Sunday, and I’m trying to get the binding hand-sewn onto the back by the weekend.
binding for Darla quilt
If I get that binding finished in the next couple nights, I’m planning on quilting my Mod Girls quilt this weekend, which I’m really excited to finish because I love that quilt! I even have the binding all ready sewn together and pressed, lined up to attached to a finished quilt. I also have a bunch of products to work on for my shop, so you can find me in what Dave calls the “girl cave” for the next few nights.