Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bloom Where You're Planted

Bloom Where You're Planted
For Mary Ellen H., my manager who will retire this week.
Mary Engelbreit fabric from stash of co-worker Becky R.'s mother.
Partly from my stash, as well.
55" square
Original design
Completed 3/17/2014.


Picking up from the previous post:
With help from co-worker Becky R., decided on red for the pieced strips, because it reminded her of cherries, a recurring theme in the work of Mary Engelbreit.

Red squares added to design wall

Trying out one sewn strip, which turned out shorter than I had planned (see center).

Decided to insert a rectangle in the center of each pieced strip. Width was part calculation and part guesswork.

Pieced strip turned out just how I wanted. Woo-hoo!

All four pieced strips sewn together. Did not sew the corner squares on yet.

If you look closely, you can see marks to cut the panel to the proper width.

Leftover strip, going into the giveaway bag of scraps. Cute, but not my style these days.

Panel with strips laid out. Looks good!

Side strips sewn on

Top and bottom strips added. Love the narrow pale green border around the panel. I'm glad I was able to save it with the inserted rectangles in the pieced strips.

Companion Mary Engelbreit fabric

Squares cut, will go in the corners of the quilt.

Quilt top done

Fabric for the back - pink butterflies tie in to the garden theme of the quilt's front

Once again, the finished quilt

I gave the quilt to Mary Ellen this afternoon. She really likes her quilt. She said that at one time her kitchen was decorated in Mary Engelbreit. Great suggestion by Becky R.

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