When I held up Toulouse, after sewing on that last border, I thought to myself, "she's done"....then I was like, hey when did Toulouse become a girl! My quilts aren't just gender neutral, they're genderless! In the past it's always been it, it, it, when I think of my quilts, but this one is all female. And you remember how I thought the red and white background was a little too bold in the beginning? Now I like it, I think it makes her sassy! So that's her name, "Sassy Toulouse".
This is finished quilt number 55, she measures 75" X 75", and has 1,561 pieces. I started her right after the first of the year and finished her on 2/1/10. Two days later than my schedule but that's OK, sassy ladies always keep you waiting. This is a Miss Rosie's Quilt Company Pattern.
I used Maison de Noel by Three Sisters for Moda, the fabric Carrie used for her pattern.
Now that she's done, I can tell you that she was troublesome as a child. At first, it was just getting the fabric. This family of fabrics came out several years ago and is scarce! Then it was trying to decide how to best use the fabric that I got, then we all decided that "controlled scrappy" was the best way to assemble the blocks.
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Then once I added the sashing and started connecting the rows, I had this problem . . .
See it..second row of 9 patches, third 9 patch from the left....see how it looks like an 8 patch, that right hand upper corner just blends in with the background fabric. It was scrappy red fabric, but that piece had too little red in it! I told myself it was OK, once I got all the piecing done it would not stand out. I told myself that all night long. What would you have done?
Well the next morning it was still really bugging me, but I knew if I took that one little one and a half inch square out, I risked getting a better color but with a poor fit. And truth be told, it looked OK up close, it was just when you stood back that it screamed, "lookie here, look at this 8 patch block". I knew myself well enough to admit that my eyes would be drawn to that corner every time I looked at that quilt. So I swapped it out, and it only took around 20 minutes! The best 20 minutes I've ever spent on a quilt.
So I got the rest of the center pieced then I had this to deal with.....
as I've mentioned in other blogs, Lisa/Stashmaster and Nicole/Sister's Choice were sewing along on this quilt pattern too. Lisa had the Maison de Noel fabric and we did a little exchange where Lisa provided the fabric, we both made 4 flying geese from each set of fabric, then mailed 2 and kept 2. I was thrilled with my assortment of geese, but liked to drove myself crazy getting the perfect order. I arranged them in 4 rows, the first attempt took an hour. Two hours later I came back and made a few changes, then went to bed. I dreamed that I took all the geese down, wrote down all the possible combinations and started again. I did not do that, but I did move a few around that morning. One more look-see, a few more tweaks, then I sewed the geese into rows. Lisa grabbed one from her stack then one from my stack and sewed. I can hardly wait to see how that worked out......oh to have such faith in the quilting fairies!
There are several things that I really like about this pattern, one is the sashing...see those little one inch pieces..I love that sashing..how clever was that!
And these stars in the corners....perfect. Additionally, this quilt came together like no other. I sewed those geese together and they fit on that border perfectly, no fudging required.
Thanks Carrie Nelson, designer extraordinaire!
Also, thanks to the folks who helped me with my fabric acquisitions, I couldn't have done it without you.
And finally, now that's it all done, what I like most about this quilt is that I made it with friends.
Lisa and Nicole are blogging about their Toulouse quilts today too, go check them out, I've yet to see them myself, I can hardly wait!
On another note, if you've not shared something quirky about yourself yet, don't forget to do so on yesterday's post to qualify for my 100th Post Giveaway! If you have left a comment, go back and read them all, they are really funny. I laughed all day yesterday as they came in.
And finally, my blogging friend Rene is celebrating her 100th post today. We started our blogs about the same time. I'm sure she has something fun planned too, we better go check it out!