flower quilt progress

flower quilt progressIt worked!  I followed Michele’s plan of quilting bit by bit and I finished the quilt top! These photos were taken quickly and ad hoc but they suffice as a display of my enthusiasm at accomplishing as much as I have.  The pattern is available for free on Sew Mama Sew and was designed by one of my favorite designers Ellen Luckett Baker from the long thread.   Most of the fabric I used is from things in my scrap basket and includes everything from heavier linens to lightweight voile.  It’s a real mix but I did closely follow how Ellen made her quilt. The grey fabric is a beautiful, soft linen-cotton blend that I bought at my favorite fabric boutique Rock Paper Scissors.

completed quilt top flower quilt a happy stitchNow, I just need to find some time to quilt and hand-bind this sucker before Christmas! Yikes!  And, oh yes, it’s a Christmas gift for someone (ahem), someone who might just read this blog.  Wish me luck.  Are you working on any covert handmade holiday gifts?  Are you dying to tell someone about it?  Share with me in the comments! No one will find out and we can get all giggly together!



13 Comments on flower quilt progress

  1. Daniela D
    December 3, 2013 at 10:52 am (4 years ago)

    I love this so much, Melissa. It came out just beautiful!

    I am pretending that I don’t have time to make a quilt for my husband but I am making it (well, I will start making it next week, ha!) covertly and will surprise him for Christmas or for his bday which is Dec. 28th. Also making a quilt for my dad, who says he always feels cold. There is no risk that my dad will read this entry because my parents don’t even have a computer. ; )

    • Melissa Q.
      December 3, 2013 at 11:35 am (4 years ago)

      You are so sneaky! I love these projects, hope I get a chance to see them (at least in progress!). Thanks for the compliments on my quilt, I’m so bloody excited!

  2. melintheattic
    December 3, 2013 at 11:27 am (4 years ago)

    I’m making a quilt for my mother-in-law for Christmas/her Christmas Eve birthday. So intimidating! But I’ve got the top and back basted, so the quilting will begin this week. Quilting on a deadline isn’t fun, but with a schedule and three weeks, I think it will be ok.

    (I’m hoping to make one for my husband for his Feb 9th birthday. We’ll see how that goes.)

    • Melissa Q.
      December 3, 2013 at 11:36 am (4 years ago)

      Wow! You are awesome. And, way ahead of schedule…right? Quilting stage, that is awesome.

  3. Beth
    December 3, 2013 at 12:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Melissa, I love this!!!!!!!!!!!! I may have to try my hand at this pattern (after I finish the other 4 I have started) when my life gets quieter.

    Wait. Who am I kidding???

    I am working on lots of little presents (no quilts) but I must stay mum ….

  4. Beth
    December 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Melissa, I so love this quilt!!!!! I might have to try my hand at this pattern (after I finish the other 4 I have already started. Maybe when my life gets a little quieter.

    Wait. Who am I kidding????

    Busy finishing up a few small gifts for family and friends (no quilts) but I will stay mum for now.

    • Melissa Q.
      December 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm (4 years ago)

      Ooh, I love a good secret. Fun. I’m glad you called yourself out for your silly ideas that life will get quieter! I was about to do the same myself!

  5. Julie
    December 4, 2013 at 10:16 am (4 years ago)

    This awesome! Curves on a quilt kinda scare me, though….

    • Melissa Q.
      December 4, 2013 at 10:20 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you! Yes, the curves scared me too and there are plenty of mistakes to prove it BUT I did it! So flippin’ excited.

  6. kristen gilmore powell
    December 4, 2013 at 10:42 am (4 years ago)

    this is gorgeous!! love the grey choice too. i am making my sister a table runner for her new apartment, a pixel zipper pouch for another sister, (both from 1-2-3 quilt, my absolute fav book right now) and something for my mother-in-law – oh and a baby quilt for my niece who is due just after christmas. wait, is it december already?????

    • Melissa Q.
      December 4, 2013 at 10:45 am (4 years ago)

      Woah! Sounds like a busy month for you, chica. I hope it get to see some of this stuff before it is gifted.

  7. Stephanie
    December 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm (4 years ago)

    So pretty!

    • Melissa Q.
      December 5, 2013 at 8:52 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much Stephanie!


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