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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wild Windmills


I finished piecing and quilting my Wild Windmills about 2 weeks ago and have been taking my sweet time with the hand sewing on the binding.  It was worth it...I love how my whirlygiggle quilt turned out.  I was totally inspired by crazy mom quilts, but chose to make my blocks a little smaller than hers.  The finished quilt is just smaller than twin sized, but I think I can fudge it and make it work on my guest bed if I use a pretty pillow sham at the top.

The fabric was a Christmas gift from my hubby and I used white muslin for the background.  I think my absolute favorite part of it is the binding, which is a stripe that ties in all of the colors on the front with my orange backing. 

For the back, I decided on a fun orange with a tiny flower print that reminded me of windmills.  I really like how it plays against the muted blue in my border.  I mimicked the whirlygiggles on the front by making a chain of smaller "blades" for the inset panel on the back.  I also used mini whirligiggle blocks for the corners of my back panel.   I think it turned out really fun.

For the quilting I used my trusty PFAFF 297-1 to machine quilt randomly spaced diagonal lines.  It reminds me of the wind blowing past my windmills ;-) 

Now I just have to decide where this quilt is going to live. Though it looks great in my living room, I already have about 3 quilts in there.  I want it to get lots of love and use and to be the center of attention.  Maybe Wild Windmills would like to live with our friend Amy (who stood up for my husband at our wedding as the "best maid"). 

PS.  Have I mentioned anything about my obsession with Flea Market Fancy?  If you have been living under a rock and aren't familiar with Denyse Schmidt's fabulous out of print fabric, check it out.  I have been on a quest to find some and cannot wait to show you what I've managed to scrounge up.  Stay tuned.

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