A present for me!!
I picked up State of Grace from the quilter, Dawn, at The Sewing Basket, right before I left for vacation.
I could not be happier with this finished quilt.
I went back and read my posts from when I was making this top, back in March. As my daughter loves to say, "You're a doodle, Mama". I was a nut! Remember how I got all worked up about the fabric, the placement, the block size...to the extent that I even renamed this top "State of Chaos"!
Well it was worth every new wrinkle and every gray hair!.
The quilting is amazing.
It's hard to describe, but Dawn outlined all ends of the buzz saw blocks to make hst's and give the quilt an interesting motion that flows diagonally, from corner to corner. This formed two blocks set on point. In each block she quilted a whirly gig pattern spinning out of the pinwheel.
Here's a view from the back, I think you can see the detail a little better with this shot.
This is why I do not quilt my tops, even if I could have come up with this design, I know I would not have been able to execute it this perfectly. Isn't it amazing how a good quilter can really make the difference in the overall look and feel of the quilt?
This was the first quilt where I added a flange accent to the border. Remember how I called it a peeper, and couldn't figure out why there were no tutorials on the web for a "peeper border"! Well I still call it a peeper, and it makes me smile every time.
This is the quilting design in the border, from the front, I think it has the look of a bumble bee, flying from flower to flower.
I made the buzz saw blocks smaller, from 8 to 6 inches, so this quilt would fit right here.
Ah, perfect fit, and perfect timing. An ideal quilt to have out as the season transitions from late summer to early fall.
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This is lifetime quilt number 56, it has 732 pieces and finished at 61" X 72".