It sure feels good to have this project move from my To Do list to my Lifetime Quilt list.
The pattern is Mocha Trail, A Graceful Stitch Quilt Design by Denise Sheehan.
The fabric, all Maison de Garance by French General for Moda.
It took me longer to finish this project than it should have. I like to work on projects that make me want to spend every spare minute in my sewing room. A project that makes me fly through my daily To Do list so I can sew guilt free the rest of the day. If Nicole and I hadn't set a reveal deadline of today, I suspect those borders would not have made it on this quilt today.
Now that it's all done, I am happier with the overall look, but not as happy as I was expecting to be. But that's OK, not every quilt is going to be my favorite quilt.
Before I started this project,
I ordered extra yardage for this border. The dark brown and bright red really appealed to me. But once I started making the star blocks, I realized I needed a different border. One that would work with the light tans.
I get asked about fabric requirements quite a bit, so I'm starting to provide a little fabric information when I wrap up a project.
I started with a fat quarter bundle that had 38 pieces of fabric and the corresponding wovens, I think there were 12 of them. I also added an extra yard of the red floral and dark brown for the 9 patches block, another yard for the containment border and the outer border fabric.
I have a good quantity of fabric left over, 22 fat quarters weren't used at all, and of the ones that were used, there was a good quantity of fabric remaining. I like this fabric so I'm happy I have enough "scraps" to make another project. Looking back on it, using a fat quarter bundle for this project was probably a waste. If you were thinking of making this pattern, you would probably be better off selecting your border fabric first, then just picking out a dozen or so fat quarters that go with the border, and some yardage for the 9 patches block.
Nicole, over at Sister's Choice is the reason I made this quilt. She started on her Mocha Trail sometime last year, but finished it up while I was working on mine. Nicole is revealing her finished Mocha Trail today, go check it out, I'm in love with her choice of fabrics. (click here)
Nancy, Near Philadelphia just finished this pattern also, click here to see her version, another interesting take on this pattern.
Print this post
This is Lifetime Quilt number 63, finished at 76" x 76", and has approximately 1261 pieces.
So I'm going to do my usual after project sewing room clean-up, pack up my scraps, and then start seriously thinking about my plan of attack for Root Beer Float. I have decided on the fabric, Olde World Style fabric by Monique Dillard for Maywood Studio, but I've yet to come up with the perfect combination of fabrics for those star blocks, something to think about this weekend as I continue to decorate.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, it's such a busy time of year, I hope you're able to take a little bit of time to do what you want to do, instead of a weekend full of nothing but what you have to do.