Not-Quite-Flower - a Finished Quilt!

  This little quilt was about a year in the making, and has a bit of an ignominious history with me. Jennie from Porch Swing Quilts emailed me some of her thoughts for spring patterns around Christmas, and Flower immediately jumped out as the star of the show.

Only, Jennie's first version was like my middle block, and her final version was like HER Flower quilt, with more background fabric. Which is a lovely version, and cuts better from a fat quarter. However, I liked the original, so I begged to test it anyway, since the pressing instructions would be the same.

So I made my one block, pattern was released, and the rest of my cut fabric sat around for a while. A long while. I finally pulled it out again over the summer, and overly confident in my own skills and memory, got to work on the rest of the blocks.

And ended up accidentally creating an entirely new block when I switched the color placement in the Birds-in-the-Air squares. And didn't realize it until I was five blocks in.

At that point, well, this quilt is for my niece, and I don't think she'll care that the blocks are slightly different, so I decided to forge ahead and stick the "correct" {but still not according to the pattern} block in the middle.

{Admire my perfect points. Seriously. I'm good.}

The quilting is all-over loops {surprise!} with horseshoes, flowers, and stars. My niece lives on a farm and shows horses, so I thought this Riley Blake line would suit her well. The light pink paisley was an unknown stash addition.

I experimented with putting the blocks with red on the outside corners, but ended up with them in the middle of the outsides. I think it draws the eyes in the right way. And I added the red cornerstones to the outside edges.

I think the binding is Jan Patek? It was a clearance score when I was in Missoula for the half marathon in July - I knew immediately the pink, brown, and stars would be perfect.

The backing is minky from Joann's, and I'd just like to say, Joann's has really upped their minky selection. It's not just those stupid bubble minky anymore. Now I just need them to go wider - I refuse to piece minky backings, so they're limited to the under 56ish" quilts.

And hey - I have the label ON...even if it isn't filled out.

56" square

And I promise, next round of Porch Swing Quilts pattern testing....I'll follow the patterns.

See also: Finish It Up Friday/Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop/Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF/Quilt Matters, Needle & Thread Thursday/My Quilt Infatuation