It's finished! Whew! This was an incredibly fun quilt to make. I find it interesting too that it wasn't one of those "I have to make this" kind of projects. It started out when I had a bin full of mini 9patches I had been making as leaders and enders. I started thinking to myself..."what am I going to do with all of these?" Of course, I pull out my favorite Bonnie Hunter books and see what she has that uses mini 9patches. I find the Tumalo Trail quilt in the Scraps and Shirttails 2 book, which I don't ever remember really taking much notice to before, but as soon as I saw it this time, I said, "That's it...that's what I'm going to make with my 9patches." I also had a bunch of the HSTs sewn...enough for about half of the blocks, so it was a perfect choice!
I kept sewing 9patches as leaders and enders...then Jo over at Jo's Country Junction put out a challenge to finish up a "Bonnie Quilt" before the next mystery quilt starts. Well, that's all it took, I was up for the challenge! I only had units for about 1/2 the blocks, so I really had to step it up!
This quilt came together so nicely...I just love it! I decided to explore and look for a fun spot for a photo shoot. I found a little creek down by the "Fam Camp" (RV Park) on base and decided that was the perfect spot. There is this old grove of trees next to the creek, but it was really just too grown over. I couldn't get the quilt fully laid out because of all the twigs and branches...
The quilt is almost covered by all those branches!
I got back in the car and pulled away, only to find this little fence (you can see the back side of that grove of trees on the right of the picture). Perfect! One problem...it's ALWAYS windy in Wyoming...always. This shot was pure luck....
....as this is what the quilt was doing most of the time. LOL At least you get a glimpse of the back.
Across the little dirt road, there is another railing crossing the creek...this is what the quilt did the entire time on that railing.
I tried to lay it out on the grass for a full shot, but that was near impossible because of the wind and I was afraid it would blow into the water! So it was back to the house and under my porch where there is a little protection from the wind. It measures 67" x 67". I love adding the 1" piano key border, especially to scrappy quilts.
I pulled out my 1.5" strip bin and had the borders zipped up in no time! Believe it or not...this is the bin AFTER I pulled all the strips for the border. I think they multiply on their own...
Since the quilt was so busy already, I used a simple quilting design called "Quirky." It's one of my all time favorites. (you can click the picture for a larger view) I found this backing fabric a couple years ago in Lancaster on the $3.99 table at Sauders Quilt Shop. Perfect!
I just love looking at all the fabrics and can remember which other projects most of them came from!
I think the skinny sashing is awesome too! Can you tell I love this quilt?!
I had a few leftover 9patches, so they made it in to the border...
Whew...if you've made it this far, congratulations! That was a lot of pictures! I'm so happy this quilt is finished and I met the challenge! I have plenty other UFO's...I just wish I was always this motivated!
I'm ready for Bonnie's New Mystery quilt...are you?