Berrylicious Dinos - A Finished Quilt!

  It is interesting that this first quilt of 2016 is a study in contradictions.

It is for me - and yet, I never use deep berry toned fabrics, and nor do I like dinosaurs. The original fat quarter bundle was curated by Charming Lulu, a local /online fabric shop, mostly of Manor House fabric. I added in a slice from Tula Pink's Elizabeth, a fat quarter of Cotton+Steel butterflies, then plenty of bits and pieces from my extensive Pat Bravo stash. The borders are Lizzy House's Natural History.

The blocks were "built" as leaders and enders as I pieced together several quilts for other people in November and December...which still probably makes it one of the fastest quilts I've ever made for myself.

Although I had the pattern pinned for ages, I've never actually used just a top/bottom border before. I definitely like it! {Also, I didn't really follow the pattern at all - just the inspiration. I made normal quarter square triangles and sashed them. It was a little more complicated for the setting triangles, but it worked just fine.}

The sashing and skinny border are both shot cotton.

For the quilting, I tried the popular graffiti quilting, and failed miserably. I think I echo way too much, and I don't really know that many different quilting motifs. This quilt has swirls, paisley-thingies, hearts, and flowers. Still, though it is very busy, you can't really "see" it on the quilt, so it works fine. {Not offering it to customers any time soon, though!}

The backing is a last minute purchase with the bundle - Lulu had remnants by the cash register. Who can pass up 5.75 yards for $22? Especially in sort-of-matching colors to my bundle? It's probably not what I would have picked if it hadn't been right there for the right price - but it was and it works, so I'm not complaining.

It's Nordika by Jeni Baker, and in case you couldn't guess, I used it for the binding, too. Which I debated, because the aqua really isn't a part of the front, but I think it looks perfect now that it's on there.

And so, even though I have heard a lot about how much the Little Man "yikes puh-pul dino quilt", this is all mine to enjoy as I buckle down on some t-shirt quilt orders.


See also: Finish It Up Friday/Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop/Confessions of a Fabric AddictTGIFF/Quilt Matters, Needle & Thread Thursday/My Quilt Infatuation, Leader/Enders/A Quilting ChickOne Monthly Goal/Red Letter Quilts, Finish-Along/A Quilter’s Table