by Lesly / Wednesday, 27 April 2011 /
To be fair, I think my quilt is too sexy for me - introducing Miss March!
I made this quilt as part of the Modern Tradition Quilt Bee last year.
Blocks for this quilt were made by women all over North America and the UK.
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.
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..
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.
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.
The back is a nice Tina Givens print that I think goes perfectly. The batting is a bamboo/cotton blend.
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!
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!