Resplendent Rows

Oh, how I love this finish! I’m not positive, but I think this quilt (so far) is the one that I have spent the most time on. I don’t track hours or anything like that, but I feel like this one has many hours into it. For RSC15 I made a row quilt by following along with Mari and her Classic Stitches BOM. Each row consists of a set of blocks that root back in quilting history. Mari chose an excellent sampling of blocks and I was able to complete nine of her eleven tutorials. A couple of them were too challenging for me and I substituted easier blocks those two months.

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Overall, I absolutely adore this quilt. I love the bright, crazy, scrappy look, the traditional blocks that change row by row, sampler style, and the quilting that I did on each row. It was a great experience for me in a couple of different ways.

First of all, row quilts are a challenge in that it is tough to get each row to come out the same length. My supposition is that with all of the handling of each block and each row, month over month, they stretch a bit and become distorted. This quilt is absolutely not going to be entered into any juried shows! it is not even close to square. I sashed it because I wanted lines separating each row to give the eye a place to rest; this is a busy quilt. Additionally, the blocks are not accurately pieced enough to match row upon row. Did I cut off any points? Oh yeah. So by sashing them, I was able to deal with a lot of those issues. Cutting 60″ rows of sashing allowed me to ease the rows in and deal with any rows that were slightly longer than 60″. Really, sashing hides a multitude of issues.  🙂

I had a great time quilting this project. At 60″ by 70″, it was a reasonable size to FMQ on my machine. I chose a different motif for each row which was a great way to quilt it without getting bored half way through. Some motifs were easier than others but for the most part, I am very pleased with the result.

Lazy little flowers meander over the blue Water Wheel row.

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I quilted meandering hearts over the pink row. They turned out decent but they were harder than I expected.
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The orange Dutchman’s Puzzle blocks made for my favorite row. With these tiny pieces, my row had a fair-sized ripple to it and I was concerned about quilting it. After consulting with one of my favorite quilters, Janine over at Quilts From the Little House, I decided to use a tight meander. She felt like I could quilt the row into submission, and it worked. Yay Janine! Definitely good advice.

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The yellow row of Double Stars is another favorite. I decided to quilt each individual star, rather than cruising over the entire row and I am very happy with the resulting flower contained within each star.

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The green row of Crosses and Losses blocks is quilted with little swirls. These were tough. They are a bit more herky-jerky than I would like but this is where I am at this point in my quilting.  With each row, I worked right to left, preferring to begin with the bulk of the quilt bunched into the throat and then feed the quilt out. So the right side of the rows are a bit rougher than the left. I improved as I went along. I plan to only look at the good half.  😉

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The brown Pennsylvania blocks are sporting a Baptist Fan motif. Since I rarely get around to labeling a quilt, I also put my initials on the very far right corner. (On this row I did work left to right. It seemed easier to get the fans moving in that direction.) Again, these turned out ok – they look better from a distance than up close. Curves are tough.

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Here is a peek at the back. I love the simplicity of the back since the front is so raucous. With the tiny floral print, the quilting really doesn’t show but that is fine. Crazy on the front and calm on the back! I used the backing fabric as binding too. The little floral has a vintage look to it that works with these traditional blocks.

IMG_20160222_4589Yep, I love this quilt and learned so much from the process of making and quilting it. It was a wonderful project and I am so grateful to Mari for all the time she took to create the tutorials each month and her patience with my whiny emails about how hard the blocks were! Her bit of history behind each block was an added bonus each month.

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Linking this week with Linky Tuesday, Sew Cute Tuesday, Freemotion Mavericks and Finish it Up Friday.

27 thoughts on “Resplendent Rows

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Diana. I do love finishing a project up. It is so satisfying and it means I get to start a new one! (I am not one for having tons of UFO’s.) Hope you are well and getting lots of time to sew. Not easy when you have small children. 🙂

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  1. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

    Congratulations on getting this quilt all finished up. I grinned when I read the advice to “quilt it into submission”. It looks like this was a great project to stretch your free motion quilting and I hope it gives you confidence to do more and more FMQing work. Oh, and hearts can be very tricky, I definitely feel like I get in a “rut” when I make them and changing directions and moving across the quilt top feels harder in that design for some reason. Probably means I have room to grow and practice, huh?

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Ha. Thanks Yvonne. Glad you liked it. 🙂
      It was a great practice piece in so many ways. Definitely helped with precision. I really enjoy the quilting part of the project and this provided lots of FMQ time.

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  2. Linda

    Wow Bernie, there is so much I love about this gorgeous quilt! First of all I love the vintage-y theme of it, but it also has a modern look – to me that is the best of both worlds. Lol on “quilt the row into submission”! I love the sashing and your reasons for it. Love that you put one of the rows on the back. I did a double-take on the Double Stars – I didn’t remember that row (although I’m sure I saw it), and those are really neat! Your FMQ for each row is just amazing. I am trying hard not to be jealous of your skills but to be happy for you instead. 😉 You have good reason to adore this quilt. Is it traveling to Downieville or will it stay with you?
    By the way, very clever way to hang that quilt for your photograph!! (Doing a V-8 “head-slap” on that one.)

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Like those fancy hangers that hold my quilt? Yesterday I was looking for a place to take pics with the right lighting and that spot on my deck was petty good. So I needed a way to hang the quilt from the deck railings! Worked out ok- the hangers aren’t exactly classy but they are functional.
      Take care Linda!

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  3. Mari

    Congratulations Bernie! It turned out so terrific! I love that you quilted each row differently, and I especially love how you did the stars. So cute! I laughed too about “quilting it into submission,” but it definitely worked. The orange row looks great, and I love the backing too. What a great finish!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Ah, thank you! Such sweet comments. Will you email me your address? I have something to pop in the mail to you but I only have your WI address.

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  4. Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow

    I just love this quilt and you did a wonderful job! I had to smile at the points mention as that’s always up in the air with me no matter how careful I may be ! Sashing is a great idea ; here and there I am making some granny blocks and there’s sashing in between to make my life easier!

    This just turned out beautifully!

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  5. JanineMarie

    Aw, Bernie, thanks for the shout-out. I’m glad the meandering worked out for you on the orange row. This looks like such a fun quilt for you to try out all the different FMQ patterns. It’s not necessary for me to have a favorite–but I do love those little lazy little flowers! And the fun fabrics! Row quilts are always so happy, and you and Mari teamed up to make a great one!!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      It worked too. I used a tighter meander and left the sashing above and below the row unquilted. I was so pleased because that row was definitely not lying flat!! Have a good weekend Heather.

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  6. Hannah

    I love your quilt, Bernie! It is so beautiful. I like the phrase to ‘Quilt it into submission.’ And I am glad it worked! Have a good weekend! 🙂 Hannah

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  7. Muv aka Lizzie Lenard

    Hello Bernie,

    I take my hat off to you for quilting such a large quilt all in one piece. Sampler quilts are fascinating, and I love the range of colours and all the different FMQ motifs. The flowery meander is really pretty.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Aww, thank you Muv. It wasn’t too difficult to quilt since I was just going from one side to the other. Hope your at has been wonderful!

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