I pushed myself and kept sewing, finishing this at about 11:45 pm last night --- so pardon me if I’m moving a bit slow this morning!
I was so wired after getting it together that even though *I* was ready to sleep, my MIND wasn’t!
Oh, it took forever to wind down, and I tossed and turned and tried to find ways to make my brain shut down. Someone told me once that if you try to remember every house you’ve ever lived in…..and find yourself walking the floor plan, remembering each house in detail, you’ll be out before you know it.
It must have worked at some point ----because the next thing I knew it was morning and I was waking up about 7:30am to birds chirping outside my window, greeting me into the new day.
I LOVE Mondays. I love Mondays at home. Clean fresh start to the new week, and a clean fresh start on changing bed linens and putting my house in order before I head off for Rhode Island tomorrow!
So back to this Florabunda border ---WOW, did this clear out a lot of old 2” floral strips! I’m not a fan of big florals, but this just goes to prove there is a place to use them, and when you sew together what looks kind of “ehhhh” individually ---it’s a happy-water-color-type-of-mess, and this is going to brighten up my guest room so much!
First border attached…loving it already!
The funny thing is I recognize so MANY of these fabrics from all my early quilting years. Is it just a rumor I’ve heard, or is MAUVE aka DUSTY ROSE really coming back in fashion again?
I let the yellow squares in the border just fall wherever they fell. I didn’t lay anything out, I just wanted them to look like I grabbed a random handful and tossed it --- and how they ended up they ended up, a variety of yellows just sparkling where they landed.
Testing my border corner…will it turn right? YES!
I really am glad I took the time to piece this border. It’s a happy win to use all these 2” floral strips, it’s a happy win to use up the left over odd cuts of solid yellow yardage ---and it made the quilt the size I need it to be to fit that guest bed upstairs.
Out on the Deck!
Finished size: Approximately 94" X 103" Fit for a Queen!
I had to hurry this morning to get this photo – that sun is coming through the trees, and quilts look best in the shade where the colors are more true….this is lengthwise across the rail. YES! Who said you can’t make a great quilt out of ugly cast-off fabric!
Close up of one corner!
The next thing I needed to do was pick a backing. At one point I was considering gathering up all the other florals I have sitting around – and cutting 10.5” squares for a pieced backing, but I came across this piece that was gifted to me by Sandi in San Diego in January – it’s one of those “WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THIS?!” kind of pieces:
It’s small segments of Paris street scenes! And there was 10 yards. TEN. YARDS!!
I decided that this would be it for this quilt..I’d purpose this strange fabric that really wouldn’t work for much else--- I do NOT see a one block wonder in my future ((Just shoot me if I start one!)) and this will make a great back. I had a wonderful time when I went to Paris a couple of years ago, and this fabric DOES capture the feeling that I got walking down the streets of that great city.
If this quilt didn’t already HAVE a name – I’d call it ----
Are you ready?
Did you guess?
“April in Paris!”
Of Course! Now, to get it quilted?