Friday, February 4, 2011

Belle Meade Big Reveal . . . .


Belle Meade's all done, and I could not be happier.



The blocks for this pattern went together easily. If you don't mind making 656 half square triangles, you'll love this pattern. And if the idea of making 656 half squares doesn't appeal to you, just break them down over time, you'll be amazed how quickly they add up, even when doing just a few a day.

Here's the setting I finally decided on. I thought the red corners with the blue center setting triangles was clever, but I just liked how this design looked.



I'm still amazed and very happy I was able to go with a random layout of the blocks, I think the fabric helped make it easy, it looked random even when it wasn't!

This is Lifetime Quilt # 66,
it finished at 70" x 70",
and has approximately 758 pieces.

For the fabric, I primarily used Rural Jardin by French General for Moda. I checked Quilt Shops .com and you are still able to buy fat quarter bundles and yardage of this fabric plus the wovens...you've got to add the wovens!

The pattern is by Paula Barnes for Bonnie Blue Quilts and has directions for an optional inner and outer border that I didn't use.


The pattern was easy to follow and went together easily. I loved Rural Jardin, every minute I spent working on this project was pure pleasure. What more could a quilter ask for? How about working on a wonderful project with a friend. Nicole, at Sister's Choice Quilts, made this quilt right along with me. So at a time when the weather pretty much keeps me indoors and not interacting with anyone, let alone other quilters, it was so wonderful to be able to share my progress and compare notes with another quilter along the way.

Nicole is revealing her Belle Meade today too, she added a inner and outer border to her project, be sure to stop by and check it out, I'm sure it's lovely.


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31 comments:

  1. Yours is absolutely stunning!! It will look just perfect on your red sofa!

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  2. I love this quilt and the layout you decided on. It will look beautiful on your red sofa!

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  3. I love what you did with yours, esp the setting triangles! It really is a gorgeous quilt.

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  4. Just beautiful Thelma! I love that you showed us all the various setting options too! I'm going to hop on over to see Nicole's now. I just love all the French General fabrics - and it works perfectly in this quilt o:)

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  5. Love your jazzy use of red, blue, and lights and the two colored setting triangles.

    Don't you love that two quilters using the same pattern can make two unique quilts?!

    Well done! APPLAUSE!!!!!!!!

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  6. Both quilts are gorgeous! I am so impressed with how many HST's you guys made! Love the two colour setting triangles. This would be fun to stitch in the ditch for the quilting!

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  7. This was such a fun project to make! And working along with you made it go all the better. Thanks for being such an encouraging friend! Let's do this again for sure.

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  8. I am always flabbergasted when two quilts with the same pattern look so different but I am floored that the pattern using the same fabric line can retain that uniqueness that identifies each quilter. Truely lovely. I love that you went random. Sometimes the quilt has no regards to our comfort levels and screams to be made a certain way. Congrats on another outstanding finish!!

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  9. I love the two colors of setting triangles. Your quilt is lovely and the random works.

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  10. Beautiful quilts from both of you. I love it when a plan comes together - and you could not go wrong using French General fabrics. You made it yours and she made it hers. Judy C

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  11. Wonderful, beautiful, amazing, inspiring....the list of of adjectives could go on and on! Great job. Keep up with posting---I LOVE to see what you are up to. :)

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  12. Oh I love what you did with that quilt! How unexpected the blue and red borders! Wonderful!

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  13. So glad to see that you went with this layout. It really makes it stand out. Great job

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  14. How pretty! I'm so jealous of those who can quilt, I'm trying to get up the nerve to try it myself. One more stash to add to my already huge stash of patterns, embroidery floss, aida cloth, yarn, and books! Wouldn't that just drive hubby crazy!?

    Pam in Brussels, Belgium

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  15. This is so gorgeous! Have a nice weekend! Twyla

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  16. The setting triangles are wonderful. What a beautiful quilt!

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  17. Marathon sewing. It is beautiful.

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  18. I was so scared when you were going to go with random- it's just scary in itself! But not only does it look gorgeous... the border is well, just icing on the cupcake!!!

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  19. I just love your quilt. Wow 656 half squares. I just found your blog and I love it.

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  20. It looks great! I am in awe of you and Nicole getting all those HSTs done! I am still working on mine from her red & white snowball quilt over a year ago!

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  21. Just plain old wonderful!!!! Love the way you changed the color in the setting traingles.

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  22. I love your quilt, the pattern looks great with those colors. Your red / blue corner setting triangles look awesome!

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  23. Asymmetrical Belle Meade. I love it. It's fun!

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  24. It has been fun watching you and Nicole put this together. You both do outstanding work. Can't wait to see what's next!

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  25. Thelma, what will your next project be? I liked that you used two colors in your boarder. Very nice!!

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  26. Love how you changed the border color. I haven't had the best of luck with triangles...but after seeing this quilt, I'm very tempted! Its beautiful!

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