Thursday, June 18, 2015

Vintage Tulips - A Finish

As soon as I started piecing tulip blocks for my Vintage Tulips quilt I knew I wanted more than 12 tulip blocks.  I figured adding a row of tulips to each side of the pattern would be an easy way to get more tulips, so I pieced 8 extra tulip blocks and put it all together.

Then I noticed how the alternate blocks created a pretty white background around the tulip blocks that was missing for my tulip blocks on the outer edges.



So I added a half alternate block to each side to get the halo effect without adding too much extra width to the top.

I also wanted the top to float a little so I added a plain white outer border.  I didn't want my binding to be right on top of those tulip points.  I think it gives it a nice look.




This is Lifetime Quilt Number 158
The pattern is Vintage Tulips by Camille Roskelley for Thimble Blossoms (available here)
The fabric is an assortment of families by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
It finishes at 96" x 86"
It has approximately 1,052 pieces
The inspiration for the blue alternate blocks was from Cindy Lammon/Hyacinth Quilt Designs.

I enjoyed every minute that I worked on this quilt, some patterns are just that way!  And not to toot  my own horn, but this quilt looks so much better in person, make it, you'll love it!

Next week I'll be attending a week long quilting class with Gwen Marston at Madeline Island, Wi.  I'm very excited by the opportunity to learn more about modern quilting.  I'm also very excited by the temperatures in Wisconsin, currently in the 50s!  So no blog posts next week, but hopefully something fun about my class the week after!  And if you're thinking about coming over and "borrowing" a few of  my quilts while I'm out of town, you're out of luck.  I have family members staying at the house along with Cooper.  Maybe next time!

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24 comments:

  1. Really love the blue alternate blocks. This pattern is not as easy as you make it look- lots of angles in those leaves and tulips!
    Linda W.

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  2. The aqua with the red looks great!

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  3. Perfect addition on the borders! Love it!

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  4. This is really lovely - almost a lace effect when you look at it from a distance. Tempting....

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  5. I love bigger quilts too so if I get to this one I will follow your lead. I do love it! Look forward to hearing about your class next week. I will be nearby visiting family in Bayfield WI and envious of your class. I have managed to get into class in Sept in CA with Freddie Moran and that has me thrilled.

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  6. Love the way this one turned out. The additional half block on the side creates a real balance and all the shading of the reds make me smile. I think I have enough shades of purple to pull this off!

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  7. This quilt is so soft looking and beautiful. I love it! Have a great class next week.

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  9. I love what you did with the borders!! Enjoy Wisconsin and your class. :)

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  10. I love your tulip quilt! And the aqua/blue blocks are just perfect.-)

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  11. This is so very pretty! Such calm and pretty colors - I love that you finished it off with the half blocks - wonderful!

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  12. I love this quilt! It's so pretty and spring-y. :)

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  13. Great quilt, Thelma. You definitely made the right improvements to the design,

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  14. I love this quilt - it's gorgeous and perfect and wonderful and you're going to give it to me, right?

    Nah, didn't think so. Have fun in Wisconsin! :)

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  15. Love the quilt-- love the way you changed it! Have fun in the north woods. I grew up on Lake Superior, about an hour east of Bayfield and have always had a dream to retire on Madeline island. Although not sure about driving across the ice in the winter!

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  16. I have no clue how you can take a fabulous pattern and improve on it, but you did it once again! I love your version! And I am soooo jealous that you get to study with Gwen.... have a wonderful time and tell us all about it!

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  17. GORGEOUS quilt Thelma! I love the fabrics you chose for your quilt, and the half blocks on the sides finished it off nicely. Enjoy your class with Gwen :o)

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  18. All of your changes were what I would do if I had the imagination! I agree with the tulip points, I sometimes add something so my points aren't right up next to the binding. Love your finish.

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  19. Beautiful quilt!! The colors are just perfect and it is so soft and summery and gorgeous. Can't wait to hear all about your class. A week away learning new quilt techniques sounds ideal

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  20. So in love with this quilt! Just beautiful :)

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  21. I love your tulip quilt. Adding the 1/2 blocks around the outer edges really finishes it nicely! Well done. Have fun in Madeline Island. Some day I was to go there...one day!

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  22. GORGEOUS quilt, really beautiful, and lovely colours

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