I'm too sexy for my quilt

/ Wednesday, 27 April 2011 /
Miss March
To be fair, I think my quilt is too sexy for me - introducing Miss March!
Miss March
I made this quilt as part of the Modern Tradition Quilt Bee last year.
Miss March
Blocks for this quilt were made by women all over North America and the UK.
Corner block - Miss March
I used as a model the traditional block Granny's Flower Garden from Quilter's Cache, but I encouraged everyone to use the dimensions as engraved in stone, but to go wild in how they used fabric to create the 14" block.
Miss March detail
Sometimes people used individual 2.5" squares, sometimes they used strips.  One person made mini-four-patches that measured 2.5".  I made one block entirely from HSTs, and another that was pieced in crazy-quilt style..
Miss March
Red flower -  Miss March
I used Essex linen-cotton blend for the setting blocks.  It was fine to piece, but it stretched like crazy in the quilting.  There are definitely some bumpy bits.
Miss March detail
I am proud of this quilt because this is the first time I was courageous enough to break out of my stippling rut in my FMQ work.  It was a real chore to quilt this because it was so heavy!  But I'm very happy with it.
Miss March detail
The back is a nice Tina Givens print that I think goes perfectly.  The batting is a bamboo/cotton blend.
Tina Givens print on back of Miss March
Here she is in all her glory!  I call her Miss March because that was my month in the bee.  I think she's sexier than any centrefold!  Many, many thanks to Melissa, Lydia, Greta, Sherri, Sandra, Heather, Norma, Rachel, and Leanne!  You are all so creative and it was such a pleasure to work with you!
Introducing Miss March!
Because I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred has been running through my head ever since I wrote the title of this post, I'm determined to share the pain with you.  Remember this one-hit wonder from the early 90s?  He is definitely not sexy enough for Miss March!


Edited to link this up to Amy's Friday Sew-n-tell and Lynne's Fresh Sewing Day!

40 comments:

{ felicity } on: 27 April 2011 14:45 said...

Miss March is beautiful, Lesly! Congrats on a wonderful finish!

{ MariQuilts } on: 27 April 2011 15:04 said...

Beautiful.

{ Lydia @ The Loop } on: 27 April 2011 15:08 said...

It looks so, so great!

I'm hoping to finish my quilt from the bee, soon. I am waiting on one block to be returned, but if I don't get it soon, I'll just have to scrounge up some more fabric!

{ Jennifer } on: 27 April 2011 15:33 said...

It looks wonderful!!! You know my address...

PS- you better start responding to my emails.

{ kayleighinstitches } on: 27 April 2011 16:07 said...

That came together beautifully. Love the colors and the story behind it. Very cool!

{ elle } on: 27 April 2011 16:54 said...

What a great quilt. The backing is perfect!

{ Linz } on: 27 April 2011 17:19 said...

Ooo - I love it!!

{ Lindsay } on: 27 April 2011 19:20 said...

So beautiful! Hope it looks as lovely and springlike in your room as it does outside.

{ Anne Simonot } on: 27 April 2011 19:25 said...

It's gorgeous! The quilt I mean, not Fred.

{ Sarah Craig } on: 27 April 2011 22:11 said...

That's beautiful, Lesly! I love the colors....

{ Rachel } on: 27 April 2011 22:19 said...

Very pretty. Loving the name.

{ Lara } on: 28 April 2011 03:33 said...

Gorgeous!! Absolutely love it!

{ Riel Nason } on: 28 April 2011 07:57 said...

Ha, ha. Love your post title. I hope that song doesn't get stuck in my head now though. The colours on that quilt are just awesome. I love that first picture of it against the fence.

{ Claudia } on: 28 April 2011 09:44 said...

Spectacular!!!

{ Danielle } on: 28 April 2011 13:34 said...

Nice quilt! I didn't even listen to the song, and it's already stuck in my head, so thanks! LOL

{ Lady Docker } on: 28 April 2011 17:23 said...

Lesly lovely to see the finished quilt - it really is something to treasure and I felt quite proud on reading your post that I contributed in some small way. Thanks for asking me to make a block for you. I think I'm right in saying yours is the first quilt from our bee to be completed. Well done!! I shall still follow your blog to keep in touch.

{ Kim } on: 28 April 2011 18:43 said...

Love the quilt and now I have an EARWORM!!!!! LOL!

{ amylouwho } on: 29 April 2011 09:20 said...

gorgeous quilt! I love the bright colors next to the mid-tone neutral background!

{ Kelly Irene } on: 29 April 2011 10:15 said...

beautiful! I love that you gave your bee members some freedom on the piecing. It looks great!

{ Hollie } on: 29 April 2011 10:35 said...

This post made me laugh! And I love your sexy quilt too!

{ Dee } on: 29 April 2011 10:40 said...

Oh Lesly...you know I've been crushing for a while now...I'm full blown, head over heels, totally enraptured, googley eyes for this quilt!


Ahhhhhhhh. I want it!

Can I use it to showcase on my blog sometime? Pretty please!

{ Kristen } on: 29 April 2011 15:53 said...

Right said Fred?? Too funny. I really love this quilt. I love the linen, but I agree that stuff needs starch!!

Have a great weekend!

{ ktquilts } on: 29 April 2011 16:44 said...

Miss March makes me blush! Gorgeous Lesly!!!

{ Dayna } on: 29 April 2011 23:15 said...

Wow. You totally took us back there. :-) Your quilt is amazing! Sexy, indeed. I love the backing fabric!

{ Andrea Pisano } on: 30 April 2011 00:35 said...

Love your post title,,very sexy song

{ Carla } on: 30 April 2011 08:48 said...

I just love this beauty! You did a wonderful job on the quilting and color combo.

{ Kristyne } on: 30 April 2011 10:55 said...

Tee hee! Thanks for the flashback!

Lesly, I just read your comment over on Naptime Quilter and can I just say it was so nice to hear an "adversophobe" chime in? I feel really uncomfortable with all this negativity which I think is being disguised as "healthy dialogue".

Reading your comment made me feel better knowing someone else feels the same way I do. Thanks.

{ Michelle (LemonadeGal) } on: 30 April 2011 15:34 said...

Lesly - this is such a beautiful quilt! I love the colors and the quilting is fantastic!! Thanks for sharing -- the quilt, not the song. :)

{ susan } on: 1 May 2011 06:34 said...

Orange is on the top of my list for the direction I want to go in next with my quilts and now, having seen your wonderful creation, I want to do one even more. (I need a fabric fairy so that I can have what I want when I want it.) Love your quilt!

{ Lynne (Lily's Quilts) } on: 1 May 2011 06:55 said...

She really is a beaut!

{ Spontaneous Threads } on: 1 May 2011 08:44 said...

It's beautiful!

{ quiltilicious } on: 1 May 2011 09:06 said...

Absolutely stunning quilt - I particularly love your colour choices

{ Catherine } on: 1 May 2011 09:31 said...

love the colours in this quilt, its fabulous

{ diane } on: 1 May 2011 10:29 said...

love the colors, love the pattern. love the quilt!

{ Nicky } on: 1 May 2011 11:28 said...

Glorious colour - Miss March is a stunner - will she stay single for long?

{ Sew Create It - Jane } on: 1 May 2011 16:07 said...

Absolutely stunning quilt!!

{ Erica } on: 1 May 2011 18:12 said...

Miss March is a beauty, fab name too. Right said Fred? Best left in the past! Love the location of Miss March's photo shoot, really sets her off a treat!

{ Miki Willa } on: 2 May 2011 20:32 said...

This is a stunning quilt. I love all the colors in the blocks. Your background fabric is perfect.

{ Dianne Neale } on: 4 May 2011 03:02 said...

Love the quilt and it looks so good against your fence!
Thanks for reminding me of Right Said Fred. Great song, but do I really want to be singing it all day?

{ Lucia } on: 9 May 2011 22:57 said...

I just love LOVE this quilt. I think the center blue squares are my favorite part. And I can appreciate you trying something new with your quilting. I am attempting that now too, which each quilt I do.

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