It's the first of the month, time to swap out the quilt I have hanging in my living room. With it being summer, I'm really being diligent about not having one quilt hang up there too long, I'm worried about sun damage, wouldn't that be heart breaking, to ruin a quilt like that! Other than the climbing that ladder thing, I'm glad I have an excuse to get another quilt out.
It's Route 44, you've not seen this quilt since it got back from the quilter!
I think it's a good late summer, early fall quilt to have out.
The red dot fabric reminds me of summer fairs and the greens and golds are a nice transition to fall. I'm so happy to finally have a polkadot quilt in my collection.
The fabric is Saltbox Harvest by Deb Strain for Moda.
Connie at Quilts Plus did a wonderful job quilting this top. Each small square in each block has a different design.
I also like that "bow tie" looking design in the red polkadot corner triangles.
The designs vary, leafy stems, like in these blocks, to flowers, geometric designs, I don't know how Connie came up with 49 different patterns.
What to do with a plain outer border, how about jazzing it up with a quilting design that looks like a piano key border?
Here's the back, the penny rug print that was my original choice for the front of the quilt, until I decided it was too busy, is now on the back.
I made this quilt last fall will attending a class taught by Carrie Nelson, the designer of this pattern, Route 44.
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Over the weekend, when I was helping someone track down the Miss Rosie pattern American Pie, the pattern I used for the border on my A la Mode quilt, I ran across some reviews on Amazon. Several reviewers left comments on the large number of pieces in so many of Carrie's patterns. Something I had never thought about. But looking at Route 44, I would have to say it's the pieces that make it so stunning, and number of pieces does not translate to hard. This quilt was pure joy to make. It's one of my favorites.
For more information on Route 44, select Lifetime Quilt # 61. (or click here)
I'm still working on my Red and White Tribute Quilt, I didn't make my end of July deadline, but the finish line is in sight, stop back by for updates.