1930’s Top Finished and Reader Appreciation Give-a-Way

I would have thought this top would be finished a week ago. All that was left was to sew on the borders. But I encountered some unexpected challenges with them. Right now I just want to enjoy the moment of the finish.

Close-up of the middle section – the blocks.

About a year ago, this quilt was not working for me visually. I had used some fabrics from a jelly roll that had a lot of neutrals in it. To me, it looked entirely too drab. Fortunately, I had not yet sewn the 100+ blocks together.   I laid it out, and went back and forth about re-doing 75& of the blocks. 

In the end, I decided to re-do almost 95% of the blocks to make it really “pop” with color. And now it does. It is also smaller – 82 1/2 X 77 1/2.
I used Chloe Closet 1930’s reproduction fabrics, by Moda, and Moda Bella Solids. Some fabrics came from my stash too.

While adding the borders and also trying to use my scraps and leftovers, I really had to take the time to audition the fabrics. I learned in a class I recently took; to carefully look at the seam and examine how those colors and patterns work together. The objective is to create a contrast. That ended up to be the key to making this, a better looking quilt the second time around. An invaluable tip.

So to continue on the contrast theme, I decided to go 180 degrees and will use a black and white fabric for the backing. The backing fabric is by Windham Fabrics.

I love this purple lilac fabric, which came from my stash. (The selvage edges are cut off, so I don’t know what fabric company printed it). I used a little in a few of the squares on the front. 

Next stop….the basting table.

To thank my readers, and those who have encouraged me through my re-do, I am having a give-a-way. A chocolate give-a-way from Chocolations. This Sunday, Maria and her shop received a lovely write up in the New York Times.

Please leave a comment in the comment box and tell me about your favorite quilt that you have made.    

Or, tell me your favorite part about spring. 

Or just tell me what you are working on.

Or what your favorite color is.

I will announce the winner on Tuesday, April 14 on this blog. This give-a-way ends at 12:00 PM on April 14. Please make sure to leave an e-mail address. 

Most of all, I want you to know how much I appreciate your sticking with me through this re-do. And the photos had to be a bit repetitive at times. It took me away from discovering new quilting information and other projects in the works, which I enjoy sharing with you.

I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Modern Pieced.

Happy Quilting!!

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  • Reply Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl April 8, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Anne, my favorite quilt that I have made to date is my Triangle Transparency quilt which I got to reveal on Sunday. 🙂 I also wanted to let you know that your two links (to Chocolations and the New York Times) do not work. Congratulations on finishing your quilt top!

  • Reply Eileen In Stitches April 9, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Oh, this is so bright and playful! It does still feel very 30s but without feeling dated.

  • Reply Linda April 9, 2015 at 1:03 am

    HELLO, loving our new lavender crocuses popping up everywhere here in the Rocky Mountains of Montana>what a beautiful sight>SPRING ! THANK YOU for a sweet giveaway!

  • Reply the zen quilter April 9, 2015 at 2:14 am

    This quilt is so eye-catching and it looks modern even with vintage-y fabrics. Oh. and my favorite quit I've made is whatever quilt I'm working on at the moment! I can't choose, it's like making a Sophie's Choice – they're all my babies!

  • Reply joycita April 11, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I really like your quilt. I am looking for something to do with a stack of pastels that I won at my guild meeting. I think your pattern and my fabric will make a sweet baby quilt which I will donate to the local women's shelter. I love doing charity quilts — I just hope the people who get them enjoy them as much as I loved making them. jfinch@kingwoodcable.net

  • Reply Lee April 26, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I love the look of this quilt! So lovely! my favorite quilt I made was a log cabin quilt for my mother in law – I love the look of log cabin blocks. thanks!

  • Reply Anne Beier April 26, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Joycita,
    You are the lucky winner of a box of chocolates from Chocolations. Please send me your mailing address to acbeier71@gmail.com so we can get that out to you. Congratulations.

  • Reply scottylover April 26, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Oh, I love how this turned out! Thank you for sharing your "adventure" with us! I especially love those Scottie fabrics you used. I am pretty sure I have them in my stash! 🙂

    I am working on a quilt for a niece who is getting married May 9. It is done with a 60 degree ruler which I have never used before. It is pinned ready for quilting and I am so happy!

    Sandy A

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