Saturday, March 16, 2013

Summer Sweet

Yep, we sure could use a bit of summer here right now.  The winter has been long and cold with lots of snow.  Oh well, spring is on its' way and before we know it, the hot muggy days of summer will be here soon enough.

A number of you were wondering about my top 'Summer Sweet' (that I have been exchanging the sashings with a different colour) and was the block pieced or appliqued.  Actually, both.  Here is a close-up of the block:

 One of the flower stems:
 The vine border:
How I wished that photos were taken of the process of the paper-piecing portion.  There was a gazillion triangles that were spread out on a table and I would pick and choose the colours as needed per arc and there are a lot of arcs in this top.  This was done before my blog days and the thought of taking photos never occurred to me.

The pattern appeared in Quilter's Newsletter magazine, vol. 355 from Sept. 2003.
This is the actual pattern by Linda Neustadt.  As soon as I saw this pattern, I knew that it was one that would be made and it was started way back in August 2005.  The top was finished December 2005 and it has sat in a box on a shelf since then because I just wasn't happy with the way it turned out.  I love Linda'a version but wasn't happy with my version until now.
This is what my quilt looked like with the white sashing:
Once I put this top on the bed for an overall look, I just didn't like it and played around with a medium blue sashing to give me an idea of what it would look like.  Suddenly, this quilt top started to sing to me.  Am I too picky ... or ..... crazy?  I will leave you to decide!  :o)

So, that is my story about this quilt.

Have a great day!


Jennifer said...

That is a very interesting pattern - love the combination of piecing and applique. Looking forward to seeing it done with the blue sashing!

Julierose said...

I really like those blues against the yellow/golds. This is gorgeous...I think the blue sashing is great. Julierose

paulette said...

STUNNING!! Oh yeah...she is SINGING!!

Karen said...

A beautiful applique quilt. The blues and yellows are such fresh looking colors. A wonderful bed size quilt in the works.

hetty said...

Love the changes you have made. I can hear it singing.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Teresa said...

A beautiful quilt and such an inspiration to us all!

Debra @ Homespun said...

It is exquisite!

estetik said...

looking very nice.
it is good for designing & good pattern.