Shivaun Place - a Finished Quilt!

  So, many years ago, I made a quilt for my nephew. Last Christmas, I made a quilt for my niece. I knew it wouldn't be long before I heard from my sister-in-law...and sure enough, this summer, my mother-in-law mentioned that maybe, if she bought the fabric, would I possibly...

Well, c'mon, she had me at "If I buy the fabric." And then she took me to Mary Jo's, the Fabric Mecca of North Carolina, and we bought the fabric. Allllllll the fabric. I think my MIL was a little scared to see the process in action.

We started with the border/accent fabric and moved out from there - without a pattern in mind. Not the best method, but... It mostly worked? {And check out the "matching" backing from Joann's! They copy know a good thing when they see it, amiright?}

Okay, the white print didn't really work. It's a great print - and it looks good up close - but in the overall quilt, it's washed out. I don't think pairing it with any of the other prints would have helped. Just look at it up close. It's very pretty fabric up close.

The pattern is Shivaun Place by Sassafras Lane Designs. I've had a massive crush on them since the 2013 Buggy Barn Quilt Show. And for good reason - the pattern was well written and went together very quickly. I did get grumpy at one instruction, as it would leave me with waste triangles...only to find out they included a bonus pillow pattern for using up those bits! High five, designers!

{Have I made the pillow yet? No, no I haven't. But I am, because it would be rude not to.}

Is it wrong to have a favorite block? Because it's totally this one.

Also, you can see a bit of the quilting - loops and flowers. I used, um, Surefine{??} thread for the first time, and it was...harder than I thought. I ended up doubling over lines a couple times because they were so darn hard to see. It looks good on the quilt - nearly invisible - but I'm just not sure I'm ready for it.

Goodness gracious, I love a perfect corner set. And that border. And the cozy flannel on the back. Do I have to send it to my SIL? Maybe no one would notice if I forgot to mail it... {Wait, my MIL reads my blog!}

Fabrics: Riding Hood, Geometric Bliss, Safari Moon, Nouvelle, Franklin, Urban Blooms, It's A Party, and an unknown Lila Tueller

70" square

See also: Finish It Up Friday/Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop/Confessions of a Fabric AddictTGIFF/What A Hoot!, Needle & Thread Thursday/My Quilt Infatuation