Spring Challenge top is done

by Stephanie on April 4, 2014

in Art Quilts & Wallhangings,Half-Square Triangles,Improvisational Piecing,layout decisions

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Some of you may have seen this one over at the 15 Minutes of Play blog. My Spring Challenge top, first peaked at here,  finally came together, mostly in a five-minutes here, ten-minutes there kind of way.

Couldn’t be happier with that green Kaffe Fassett print chosen for the outer border. I think I spent as much time auditioning border fabrics as I did piecing the center.

Wanted to use some lovely Amy Butler prints from the “big scraps” bin, which means nothing even close to enough for a whole border, even for a small piece like this (it will finish at around 38″ square). I came up with  a clever plan for using random chunks and pieces, but when tested it on the design wall it didn’t rate any higher than “meh.” So more fabrics were pulled from the stash and auditioned and not one of them popped in the way that says, “yes! use me!”

So I went shopping.  Three half-yard possibilities came home with me, and the one you see was the winner by a mile.

Here’s a closer shot of the center.

improvisational flower block

I love how the angular scrap-pieced blues are so spring-like, but with a hint of frozen winter hanging around. Not that we experience such things here in the tropics, but I grew up in New England, so I know what March and April can be like.

When I made the flower blocks they looked to me like tulips. Now I’m thinking crocuses, maybe?

No idea yet how I’ll quilt this, and it’s a few projects down in the next-to-be-quilted pile. Sewing time is scarce for the time being, so eager as I am to call it done it’s likely to be full summer by the time I show it off again.



1 Anne April 4, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Lovely finish and a perfect border choice.

2 Stephanie April 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Thanks, Anne! Don’t you love that moment when you audition the perfect fabric and everything around it seems to wake up and applaud?

3 Shelley April 20, 2014 at 10:05 am

Just beautiful!! They look like tulips buds just waiting to open (to me!) Great colors and yes – the perfect border.

Also just noticed your new photo at the page top – pretty! And I’m so envious of your long gorgeous braid :)

4 Stephanie April 21, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Thanks, Shelley! Hawaii is a lovely place to live, but there are no tulips here. They’re one of my favorite flowers, and I miss them.

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