It's a finish!
And even though I'm a little sad this fun project has come to an end, it's hard to be too sad, because I love how it turned out.
This is Lifetime Quilt Number #105 - Coastal Lily
The pattern is Coastal Lily by Minick and Simpson (click here)
It finished at 76" x 86"
The fabric is mainly Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
It has approximately 1,275 pieces.
This is the first pattern by Minick and Simpson that I have pieced, which is sort of funny, given how many quilts I've made using their fabric. The instructions were great, easy to follow and I loved all the colored illustrations. I think this pattern could be made using any type/style of fabric, and I think a scrappy background would really give it a great look.
I loved working on the stem blocks, they were a nice change of pace from the piecing and I feel like I added a few new tools to my toolbox because of them. A few quilters have said they love the pattern but don't feel up to the appliqué. Those dots were a breeze to make and if you don't think your skills are good enough to machine appliqué those berries then you could either glue or steam a seam them in place and tell your quilter to be sure to stitch around them when the top is quilted.
I've got a couple of friends in the process of making their own Coastal Lily, I'll be sure to link to their blogs when they're done. There's nothing I like better than seeing the same pattern made using different fabric. And speaking of the same pattern made using different fabric, it's almost time for the AYOS Schnibbles parade. I've heard from more than one person that the June Schnibbles pattern, Dulcinea, is a breeze and goes fast.
Finally, thanks for the great comments you left while I was piecing Coastal Lily, this really was outside my normal style and I really appreciated you letting me know you were enjoying the change of pace. I'll probably go more traditional with my next project, but I enjoyed working with these bright colors too much not to do it again soon.