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!