Monday, June 11, 2012

Retro Flowers Quilt--Finished!

For this quilt I sort of played along for the QAL of the Retro Flowers quilt pattern by The Sometimes Crafter.  Despite the fact that these curves were killing me, I was motivated once I decided who this quilt should belong to.  I shipped it off to my cousin and his wife for their new baby coming next month. I was so happy to hear that she adores it.


This is some of my favorite fabric ever.  I love the little elephants.


By the way, check out the sad corner of the blue chair.  I think my chair is in need of a face lift one of these days.  The poor thing is wearing out.  I'm debating on just recovering it with the same fabric, or I might upgrade to Laurie's new line Perfectly Perched.

I added the green border because I felt like it need something to tie in that one lonely green flower.


I'm not sure I'll be doing another quilt like this for a while, but I'm so glad I tackled it.  I admit the thing that made this doable for me was watching Leanne's video from She can Quilt.  I've always tried to pin my curves because that is what you are supposed to do, right?  Well, after watching Leanne's video I stopped pinning my curves cold-turkey, and surprisingly, it's way easier to sew curves without pins.  NY Beauty blocks--no pins.  Retro Flowers blocks--no pins.  Improv curves--no pins.  It took a bit of getting used to.  I have learned to much more carefully ease the fabrics together as I'm sewing and am much happier with the results.  Thanks Leanne!

31 comments:

  1. It is simply adorable!! Love the green border you added :) And sorry about the blue chair.

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  2. I love your quilt, I so want to get time to make one of these too. I am so glad the video helped, as you said, it just takes a little practice. It is so much fun to see curves as no issue rather than a scary thing. Thank you for such a lovely endorsement.

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  3. I LOVE this quilt, the pop of green is fabulous, what a lucky little baby!

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  4. Oh, I LOVE this! The green border is perfect. That lone green flower is my favorite. She stands out among the crowd! :)

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  5. I love this quilt! That pop of green is so fun! Thanks for sharing.
    Amy @ The Happy Scraps

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  6. love your retro flowers!! The fabrics are so so sweet, perfect for a little girl. I'm with you on the no pin curves! I'll never pin another curve again :-)

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  7. Oh I need to check out Leanne's method - I use 1 pin per curve, none would be even better!
    Love your quilt - I really need to get mine finished xxx

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  8. It's wonderful. I love it.

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  9. It's gorgeous and I love how the green fabric finishes it all off :) Thank you for that link - I've started a curvy quilt and this is eye opening for me!

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  10. Love, Love, LOVE your retro flower quilt!! I know that cousin's little pumpkin is going to love cuddling with gift of love. :)

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  11. Love the thin green borader with that single green flower! How thin is your border? It's so tricky to get a nice, even strip the thinner it gets. Yours looks amazing!

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  12. I love how this turned out! It is just so sweet. The green flower looks great, and the skinny border really ties it together. Nice work!

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  13. I love how this turned out! It is just so sweet. The green flower looks great, and the skinny border really ties it together. Nice work!

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  14. I love this pattern, you did a great job :) I love the little touches of green, it really lifts the quilt.

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  15. Although this pattern was labor intensive, I loved making it too. The curves thing is so much easier with the curve piecing foot. Your quilt turned out beautiful

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  16. I love it Katie! Perfect colors and everything. I didn't love this pattern when I first saw it. This is my favorite quilt using it that I've seen.

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  17. Wonderful quilt...bright, cheery, great fabrics!

    hugZ,
    annie

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  18. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the quilt for our tiny human and it looks like everyone else does too! I am SOOOO honored to have this in my house and I cannot wait to send you pictures of her wrapped in it!!! Thank you so much again!

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  19. Oh it's gorgeous! Love the thin green border, it works perfectly :o)

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  20. Beautiful!!! The border is perfectly perfect!

    If you are not set on one of Laurie's new prints for your chair, fabric.com has some great designer laminated fabrics that might hold up a bit longer. We recovered our kitchen chairs six months ago in a blue Amy Butler Love print and they have been holding up to the four kids well. I don't know what I did before the chairs were wipe-able...well, actually, they just looked gross all the time. :)

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  21. Wowzer! Love, love your quilt! I bet it was really hard to give it away.

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  22. LOVE this quilt! The flowers are adorable and the fabrics you picked out are beautiful! I would love to one day be able to tackle a quilt like this!

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  23. So beautiful - love the one lime block and those elephants are the cutest!

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  24. It's a gorgeous quilt, and I love to hear about the no pins thing!

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  25. Your quilt is so lovely and sweet, Katie! And that border is perfect - I might have to add one to mine (if I ever get the blocks finished)! I love Leanne's video, too -- it changes everything!

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  26. I'm making the retro flowers quilt as well, but I have to say your choice of fabrics is STUNNING. Makes me almost want to start over.

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  27. I totally love this quilt, especially the Zing of green in the narrow border. Leanne's video is awesome.

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  28. I love the one green flower, great touch. I also don't pin my curves, and I think it is MUCH easier that way! I tried pinning when I started this QAL and remembered why I don't like doing that. LOL

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  29. It's a lovely quilt. I really like that little green border I think it makes the quilt.

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  30. I love what your quilt looks like. It's beautiful. Makes me wish to make one for me, too. But I'll have to finish my retro flowers table runner first and with a toddler and a newborn there's no time for doing so. I hope that changes soon.
    I sewed my petals I have collected for my table runner without pins, too. I was surprised, too, how easy it is. I love that I can sew those curves without pins.

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  31. I love how the green strip ties in with the lonely green flower. This looks great.

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