Lilly Belle Quilt by Mymble

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Complete
Started:
2012-07-29T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:
None

Description

I won a fat quarter bundle of Lilly Belle in "Cool Sunrise" from "Pile O' Fabric" ( thank you thank you thank you:). I stared at it for several weeks- does anybody else get fabric paralysis like me-I didn't want to mess up these beauties. Then my daughter came home from violin camp and told me what to do- she said make them like windows - which I have done. Now what?
 
My thoughts are- sash them in white and then...inspired by +Caribousmom   ( hope I linked that right!) and her beautiful star quilt...perhaps do a pieced border ? I bought another set of fat quarters to be able to do whatever I needed for the quilt- so I have some extra- made a double set of "windowpanes" in the two large florals. At this point I have 44 blocks...ideas welcome:)))))
 
Update 11/26/12 Thanks to all for the input- I finally added white sashing and did two sets of double blocks and a center row of singles.  I am thinking of a sort of slightly larger than postage stamp pieced border but am waiting on my daughter's input- it goes on her bed so I am following orders;)))) After that is resolved I need to back it and quilt it- I am leaning towards yellow and white for the back with some of the leftover panels scattered on the back but ideas are always welcome.
 
Update 4/8/13 Finished ! I did the slightly larger than postage stamp border and I'm glad I did- as I like the different  patterns coming back for a second round along the edge.  I took a few pics before sending it to the washing machine- will post them here and then, as its a sunny day, I'm hoping I can get a nice outdoors shot.  I backed it with a piece of Egyptian cotton I had leftover from smocking days- very dense weave and very silky so I thought it would match the silky feel of these fabrics. I made a little patchwork inset to stretch the fabric as it was not quite enough, so I think I can say I used just about every scrap of this gorgeous stuff to finish the quilt.  As for quilting, well my walking foot finally kicked the bucket after 20 years- and I didn't really want to repeat the lines with more lines, but  the feed dogs on my lovely 20 year old Elna do NOT like being lowered, so I very gingerly did a meandering wavy line- no problems, but that was about as much as the machine likes to do without getting upset and needing some serious talking to. So, it is what it is... as they say:)- my daughter's happy with it so that's all that counts!
 
 A huge thank you again to  Pile O' Fabric for the giveaway and the chance to work with the beautiful Lilly Belle line- it was a real treat!
 
Out of the washer and dryer and new photos up:)

Pictures

love this view because the sun is shining through it
Glenna walking through the side garden with it
front view from the balcony
back view from the balcony
center section done
blocks waiting for direction!

Loves

evangeline
Mrsquilt
Ama963
True
Caribousmom

Comments

True

Oh I love this fabric and these blocks...soothing and classy. I think your idea of white sashing and then a pieced border would be just perfect for these. (Even before I read your comments it cried out for white sashing!) The pieced border would also show off more of this lovely fabric, I have never done a pieced backing with such a large quilt but you could also do a strip of these (with sashing) on back if you had extra. Cannot wait to see this done.

CoraQuiltsCarla

Oh my, what beautiful fabric! You lucky girl to win it! I agree with sashing them. And I love pieced borders. Sounds like you are on the right track as far as I'm concerned :)

Caribousmom

Could you put them up on your design wall and move them around and photo them so we could see them better? I wonder about putting them on point...not sure what that would do to the windowpane look but I am curious. I love white sashing, so no disagreement there! And pieced borders with this would be beautiful...glad my work is helping to inspire :) I absolutely love this fabric - I bought a quilt kit that uses this fabric and you are motivating me to pull it out again!

Jennifleur

I would Y-seam them.... line them up so the top right box of one square lines up with the bottom left box of another square (to the half way point of each block). I'm sure I"m not making myself clear but I can see it in my head and it looks great. If only I was more articulate. lol...

Mymble

Thanks True -they are very soothing fabrics- calling for white:), and thanks Coraquiltscarla -I was really stunned when I won it- really was hoping but the giveaways are often so popular- you never know! Caribousmom -ah for a design wall- my design wall is actually my older daughter's bed-definitely need to work on that but wall space is limited- will try to take another pic of them spread out:)- and yes, you inspire with every project! Jennifleur -You said it well- funny thing is I was trying to envision something like that but couldn't -y seams don't send chills down my spine like small tight curves do...could really be a neat option...thanks all- you've got me thinking- now just have to wait for my baby...Elna, to come home from the shop since she decided now would be a good time to stop working....sigh!

Posyp

rather than doing y seams, lay them out in a grid to your liking. Stitch them together in their individual columns. Then every other column shuffle it down by half a square. Cut the bottom square in half and put the half that was hanging off at the top to fill in the gap. Then all you have to do is stitch the columns together - straight seaming all the way. Alternatively youcould join them together in rows across, and follow the same technique.

Posyp

I forgot to say that they could be sashed as well, or you could combine them into blocks of 4 and then sash, and then create the half drop columns.

Mymble

Posyp Oh I like that...I've been sort of paralysed on this...love sashing but it was looking a bit too formal for me- I tried to be super careful with the seams on these blocks but this would also help me adjust if there is any wonky-ness and wonkyness is always a looming possibility;)

I wanted to get some better pics up as Caribousmom suggested but life has been crazy here as my mom has been sick- but she's back home and now I can think about this- think I'll try some layouts! Thanks so much!

Posyp

Starching the fabric helps to control wonkyness ;) preferably at the beginning, but it would be possible now, if you lay them out flat, smooth & square to dry.

Mymble

Posyp Great idea- many thanks! Do you live near Baltimore;)))))?

Posyp

No, York - the original one, not the New one ;)

Mymble

Ha Ha- I think I'd rather visit your way-(...but you're welcome to Baltimore anytime) I have been across the pond twice but never to York. My daughter lived in Newcastle for a year and London for a summer at Guildhall- loved it- would move back in a heartbeat:))))

Janquilter

Very nice..love the window pane look.

Mymble

Janquilter Thanks- now onward to the borders and backing!

True

Looks amazing cannot wait to see what you do for border!

Mymble

Thanks True I just talked to my daughter and she ok'd (;)))) a pieced border- I have sort of let her design this from the beginning with the input of everyone here, so I figured I'd let her keep adding her 2 cents- she has no time to sew right now so its fun to let her have her say:) and ususally her way!

Chrissybugs

It's beautiful! Does your daughter quilt? She has a good eye!

Rebecca

Love how this turned out! Great finish Mymble!

Mymble

Chrissybugs Thank you- not yet- all her time goes to the violin but I think someday she will- she really does have an eye for it all- don't know what I will do without her when she goes to conservatory- since I bounce all my ideas off of her.... guess we'll be doing a lot of instagramming and skyping

Mymble

Rebecca Thanks +Rebecca- these fabrics are so beautiful....have to ditto Caribousmom - they have a great "hand"... it was a delight to sew on them.

True

Just absolutely love this quilt...it is gorgeous...love the fabric and the pattern so much. The border is perfect.

Mymble

True Thanks so much...there was no way I could leave it off- especially after you said you couldn't wait to see what I was going to do....;))))

Caribousmom

OMG - LOVE this one! The pattern is perfect for these fabrics (and thanks for tagging me above so I didn't miss it!)

Mymble

Thanks Wendy- and thanks for your input- and I think you got me started on pieced backs- so a big thanks:)

Dtscrapper

Your quilt is so beautiful ! I love the design and the pieced border is perfect!!

Mymble

Thanks so much- Threadbias has made a huge difference in my quilts- Yay pieced borders and backs- I'm hooked now:)

Caribousmom

smiling

daisywreath

This is beautiful! The combination of fabrics is lovely, and the pieced border really sets it off nicely.

Mymble

daisywreath Thanks...they are gorgeous fabrics...so wonderful to sew on:)

Mymble

Carolmarie Thanks ...I truly could not have done this without the input from my threadbias friends...seems simple now that i look at it...but when i started out it was overwhelming, and i really was mindful of wanting to do justice to the lovely gift:)...I am a broken record on this but these fabrics are really luscious to sew on.

Chandra

These fabrics look incredible all together!

Mymble

Chandra Thanks! It is an amazing collection- I definitely wouldn't have had the skill to combine them as a collection all myself so it was a great learning experience and the fabrics are so silky to work with.

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