So I finally decided to cut into my first fat quarter bundle.  I bought this last winter and decided I was brave enough to open it up and pull out some fabric for my next quilt.

It is Kate Spain, Canyon.

I love HSTs and had been looking at a pattern that did something more than just line up the HSTs.  I decided on The Summertime Herringbone Quilt by Michael Ann Made.



The pattern calls for 6 1/2 yards, so I did 12 fatquarters.  Here are the ones I picked

Now that I have them all trimmed I started to layout the top.  Of course, I had to try out straight up HSTs, as well as a few other patterns.

#1 Straight up HSTS

#2 Diamond HSTs

#3 Chevron HSTs

Not sure which I like best.  I’m going to think on it for a day or so, than go for it.

If you have a preference, let me know.  Thanks!

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Last night I finished the binding on this quilt and it is now in the washer.  Then off to my niece.  I can’t believe how it turned out.  I really like it, more than I thought I would.

I used a black charm pack as well as a red one.  Then picked up three different fabrics that had a nursing reference and cut my own charms.  I was really rather easy.  I’ve always used pre-cuts, so this was stretching myself.

I need to get better pictures, the kitchen counter isn’t the best spot.

I stole the stripe binding from Red Pepper Quilts.  I always love her striped bindings.  At first I had planned to wrap the backing around for the binding.  But that just didn’t look right.  So I headed to the Dime Store in town and they had this great fabric.  Loved it as soon as I got it home.  I think it was a great choice.

I picked up the backing at Joann’s.  I’m always concerned of Joann’s, as one time I picked up a solid there and it wasn’t very nice.  It picked up all the lint in the house and just looked messy.  I picked this from their Premium Quilting fabric, when they had a 60% coupon.  I love it.  It is very soft and cuddly.

I love it and hope that my niece, Erin, does to.  It is going off in the mail tomorrow to surprise her.

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My niece graduated with her BS in nursing.  She is a great lady.  Was a single mom in her 30’s and she had always wanted to be a nurse.  So she set her goals and went for them.  All at the same time as raising her son.

She is working at a Detroit hospital on the night shift in the ER.  It is a tough place with lots of action, so no soft nursing work for her.

To show her how proud we are of her, I decided to do a quilt for her.  Her are the fabrics I have

So off to make a plan and get started.  Here is to Lucky #13.

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Ok, I know that I’m going backwards in my numbering, but I finally got the backing for my Christmas quilt.

So I was able to put it together and quilt.  This was my first try to do binding on my machine.  It wasn’t too bad.  This was my practice run for binding as I need to do the binding on my Cutting Corners (Quilt #11).  It is a much bigger quilt, so this was my test run.

I think this turned out pretty cute.  I like the double quilting on the squares.  I might use this for the next quilt too.

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So I took leftovers (not scraps, scraps are small pieces) from my coin quilt layer cake pack and came up with these pieces.

I had no idea what I was going to do with them after I made them.

So here were a few choices.

I ended up going with the one on the top.  Over the weekend I got the top put together and then moved on yesterday to the back.

Once I had my sandwich done, it was on to quilting.  If you’ve seen my past quilts, I am a straight line girl.


 

So I ended up with this quilting on the back.  I surprised myself, as I didn’t even think it would look this nice on the back.

Now it was onto binding.

Here is the finished quilt.  I think it turned out pretty good from Leftovers.

  

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