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Willow Quilt :: Major Progress!

Well my theory has been proven correct, once again. When I'm held accountable to others, I'm really quite productive! Amy over at Amy's Creative Side is at it again with her awesome One Thing, One Week Challenge. I signed up and listed the one thing I wanted to get done within my one week; my sister-in-law's baby quilt. Her super cute (I'm figuring he will be) little boo-boo is due in October, and her shower is in less than 2 weeks. (I'm super confident she doesn't read the blog, so I'm safe to post pics.)

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I had cut the pieces out last week. I'm using a great fat quarter pattern from All People Quilt. I ordered a fat quarter bundle from my peeps over at Hawthorne Threads and it was the perfect number, with 13 fat quarters, plus some yardage for borders and binding. It's really a great pattern that has come together quite quickly.

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Here came the hard part: designing the layout! Since it was such a colorful collection, it was a challenge laying it all out. My rules were that each 4-patch block would have 2 large and 2 small scale prints, no 2 colors would touch, and no 2 identical prints would touch. I think that really helped me put together a great design where all the prints and colors are spread out well and are balanced.

I laid it all out on a piece of batting and brought it downstairs so I could design while watching an American Pickers marathon with the hubs. He pretended to help by saying ooh and ahh when asked about my progress.

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Done!!! It came together really well, and I was able to get it all together on Sunday. I'm really happy with how it came out.

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Here's the obligatory macro shot! Love that macro button! :)

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My fave little block in the whole quilt. I really adore this section of this print.

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Right side up! Walk down the little path, into the little house, look at the little flowers....

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I had to wait for the hubs to get home to get a shot of it standing up...those are his super toned legs. :) That little munchkin sure is going to have lots to look at when he's having tummy time on this beauty!

Now this week I'm onto basting and quilting. I'm thinking straight-line quilting, on either side of each seam. I've been wanting to try straight-line, plus that way I have less marking to do. :)

How was your week? Did you meet your goals?


  1. I keep looking at this fabric - I love your quilt top!! Great work meeting your goal :)

  2. Oh it looks great! I love that fabric line too! I think it is really neat how you used the wavy lines of the willow print in the borders that turned out quite nice! That baby is going to love it.

  3. I just found you because of your winning ! what a lovely site you have! your quilt is heaven!!

  4. Thank you so much! I've got to hurry and get it quilted by next weekend...the pressure is on! lol

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

  5. Oh my! How very colorful and cheery and fun! The wee one will love it!

  6. this quilt is so fun! i love all of the cheerful, colorful prints that you used!

  7. What a Fabulous quilt! It will also give lots of language opportunities later as the little one grows .... like an I-Spy quilt. Well done .... and all in the time scale too:0)
    Val xx Oxfordshire UK

  8. Hi, Elena, thanks for stopping by. I answered your question on that post, but wanted to be sure you see it. I ordered my fabric from an online site called Tonic Living. My fabric is Emilio in Lemondrop:

    Check out their pretty & fresh fabrics!


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