Monday, June 24, 2013

Getting Closer - Coastal Lily

All the bloom blocks for Coastal Lily, the wonderful pattern by Minick and Simpson and available here, are pieced.

I have to admit, as eager as I am to see this quilt come together, I was a little sad when I pieced the last block.  I enjoyed making each and every one of them.



So the next step is to come up with the perfect placement of each one of my bloom blocks.

I'm one of those quilters that suffers from "no like fabrics next to each other" syndrome.  But since the blooms were all made from different fabrics, all I had to worry about was the berries and stems, so coming up with the perfect spot for each block went very easily.  



After I'm finished with finding the perfect spot for each block, I always sleep on it and give it one more look the next day with fresh eyes before I start assembling the rows.

My design wall is just barely big enough to accommodate all the blocks but I'm making do,


and even using the floor, which pleases Cooper to no end.

For some reason that dog loves to lay on my works in progress.  If I'm not watching he'll wad all the pieces into a ball and lay on all of them, like he wants to lay on as many pieces as he can at once.



It's hard to shoo him away and off my projects sometimes.  Poor Cooper's had a tough year with being sick and losing half his hair.  See his pink skin through his thin hair?  But he's better now and his hair is coming back, in patches and places.  I still think he's a cutey, but not so cute that I didn't give him a sweet potato stick to sleep elsewhere.

I'm sad to be finishing up this quilt, not only have I had no quilt drama, it's been uplifting, I think it's those cheerful colors.  But I refuse to miss this the next Schnibbles Parade, this month's choice, Dulcinea, has been on my To Do list for ages and I'm running out of time so I can't drag out Coastal Lily much longer.






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24 comments:

  1. This is such a cheery quilt Thelma! I think I would be frightened away by the applique but it is such a beautiful pattern that it is very tempting. This is such a happy summer quilt x

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  2. Really beautiful, I love much more your version !

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  3. Hi Cooper! He's so adorable. Isn't it funny how our animals love to wallow on our works in progress? I think your quilt is perfect!

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  4. I guess Cooper just wants some of your attention being paid to him.
    I do like your colourful version. It's really going to be pretty when it's finished. How did you choose the pattern and decide to use different colours instead of keeping it to a limited palette?

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  5. It's a beautiful quilt! I do the same thing with placement....put the blocks up...sleep on it and then proceed. I just love the fabrics used in this quilt and I do love that Coastal Lily pattern. I will have to make it some day.

    Your furry friend is cute. So glad he's on the mend. We do love our furry friends, don't we? Mine likes to sit under my hand quilting arm...just enough so that he's more in the way than anything else :)

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  6. This is another winner! Cooper knows it is too. He is a cutie! All these blogs with dogs make me want another one so badly. :)

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  7. I can see why you enjoyed working on this quilt and I said before I just love the fabrics. I think I will try a smaller version one day. I need to learn the appliqué process and finish another very important project first.

    Happy to see Cooper is feeling better.

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  8. I think Cooper wants to be a quilter...just trying to help out and be part of the quilting team!
    These blocks are so pretty and I can see why you would enjoy working on them so much!

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  9. my dogs always want to lay on my quilts too its going to be beautiful
    I have had to slow mine down since Im back to work now squaring up the geese and finishing them right now

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  10. You're right about the "uplifting" effect! Maybe Cooper was a quilter in another life (tee hee), but it reminded me of how my cat, Rosie, will just sit on my work while I'm trying to get it done also.
    Another beautiful quilt, Thelma, XOXO

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  11. It's interesting that you mention feeling a bit sad when a project ends, especially when it's gone well. I've felt the same thing many times. Not sure how to analyze that, but still interesting. :0)

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  12. Glad to hear you have not started Dulcinea yet either. Yes we are running out of time - only six days left!!! I am still debating colors for Coastal Lily - not sure my choice of berries stood out enough against my lilies.

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  13. Your progress is amazing....I love the way these are coming together and what a great quilt this is going to be. I also have not started my schnibbles as we have moved into our new home and have finally set up a sewing spot....hope to do in the next few days. Good luck with your Thelma

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  14. My Cooper says "Hi Cooper; can I come over to play?" :-)

    Your blocks are darling - what a sweet quilt this is going to be.

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  15. So nice! Its like the end of a good book, eh? Does my email address show up now? I think I fixed it.

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  16. I'm loving this quilt! The flying geese are adding so much! Can't wait to see it all completed. I'm sad to see it end too.

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  17. Love the blocks - another "HIT".............................

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  18. I love this quilt! I don't often buy patterns (I've only ever bought one) but I might need this one...

    Poor Cooper, I didn't know he'd been poorly - I hope he's fully 'furred up' soon xx

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  19. LOVE the blocks, wow. maybe you need to make 2 of them :)
    Glad Cooper is doing better, just look how happy he looks on top of the quilt, maybe he needs his own quilt?
    kathie

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  20. *squealing!!!! I'm lusting after the quilt! I even liked the way they were just laying together on the design wall, but I also love those stinkin' cute flying geese!!! Happy, happy, happy!!

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  21. Beautiful fabric choice for this quilt. Love it!

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  22. Love the way this is turning out... so pretty...

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  23. I love your quilt! The colors are just perfect~ and Cooper is a great model. ;-)

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