Thursday, May 9, 2013

Secret Garden Quilt

I made a quilt for a friend many years ago that was just charm-pack squares sewn together in a rainbow pattern.  I really liked the look, but decided I wanted it to be brighter.  So, I picked out some really SPRING colors that really popped and created the rainbow look.

So, then it came to the border.  What to do, what to do.  I was discussing it with my Mom who suggested I do a picket fence. I  thought that sounded pretty cool and went for it.  It was a lot of very small triangles, but I was super happy with how it looked and it made it totally worth it.

When she saw it, she explained to me what she meant by 'picket fence'.  Another quilting term I hadn't learned yet (I am sure there are still many more to come).  It didn't matter, though.  I loved how it turned out and would totally do it again if I had the chance.

I was trying to use up leftover fabric, so I pieced some of the larger pieces together to make the backing.  The orange from this quilt appears again in at least one other quilt (and I still have more).  I have had to learn about fabric moderation when purchasing so I don't end up with so much.

For the quilting, I thought I would practice some of my FMQ of flowers and vines. I used a rainbow-colored variegated thread, which I like the idea of, but I don't always like the final look of.  In the end, I am very pleased with this quilt.  It was just for me; just for fun.  Good practice, and a great quilt to crawl around on or hang on the wall.

I am linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finished Friday! Have a great weekend!


  1. Ahh stunning!! Perfect rainbow-ness :)

  2. beautiful finish . .i think a certain little one would also agree!

  3. This is pretty pretty pretty! Great job!