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.

Nine-Patch for Swap

Anina is hosting a 9-patch swap, and I was lucky to get in on the action. She limited the swap to the first 50 people, and I think it filled up fast. I have always wanted to participate in a quilting bee or a quilting swap, but I’m never in the invitee list, or I miss the sign-up deadline.

three by three by twiddletails.

The plan is to make 16 nine-patch blocks which are 6″ finished, and mail them to Anina by May 31.

9-patch blocks for swapDone.

Then we have to make another 16 blocks to send to Anina by June 30.

Second round of 9-patch blocks for swapAlmost done.

At the end we will have 32 blocks from other swappers to make into our own quilt, unless people want to continue for another month to get 48 blocks total. I can’t wait to see what other swappers are making!