WIP Wednesday: Flowering Snowball Quilt





I have finally arrived at the basting stage!  It's kind of a double-eded sword.  I have a finished quilt top, so I'm happy.  But it also means my back is killing me because I've been crawling around taping and pinning the quilt sandwich every few inches this morning, while trying to keep Olivia (in my slippers!) off of the quilt and out of the pins at the same time.  I don't know which is harder!

I have to tell you the best part: almost all my seams match!  I pinned the edges of the flowers so that I would have nice, smooth seams in the white snowball parts.  But even the middle of the flowers match.  I have no idea how it happened.  I'm just going to put it down to me being awesome :)

I would love to have this quilt hand-quilted like Mary did, but that would mean I would have to do it, so it ain't happening.  I think I'm just going to do some wavy lines in white Aurifil, to fake the wonderful, crinkly stippled look, which I am also not able to do.  If I was smart I would probably devote some time to learning FMQ and hand-quilting to expand my repertoire of quilting techniques, but once I get to the basting part 1. I'm anxious to get the quilt done and 2. I don't want to screw it up practicing on it!  

It's going to be backed with some vintage cotton sheeting that my friend gave me.  It's got little yellow flowers so it'll fit right in with the retro fabrics in the top.  I've got so much sheeting left I could even make a fitted sheet and pillow cases for Olivia's twin bed!  (I love me a matching bed set!)

Ok.  I've got another third to do and it's nap time now so I better get to it.  
Thanks for popping by!

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12 comments

  1. Wow this is amazing! Also I hear ya, basting with toddlers is difficult. Add a cat and it's a nightmare.

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  2. Lovely quilt! I don't have a child, but I do have two cats and basting is always SUCH a nightmare. It's like the only place in the entire house that they want to be is exactly on top of where I'm trying to pin.

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  3. You did an excellent job with your Flowering Snowball, it looks amazing!!

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  4. Gorgeous and fantastic job! Love the design...love, love!

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  5. A lovely finish! It's so pretty & bright, good luck with the basting today! Linda

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  6. This looks gorgeous! Remember you don't have to practice on a large piece. Pillow covers work great as practice pieces!

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  7. This quilt looks awesome. It's great when the piecing meets isn't it.

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  8. beautiful quilt, love the pattern, good luck basting

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  9. I love this! A flowering snowball is on my list to make. You should look into using 505 basting spray! It makes basting sooo much quicker, At first, I worried about the added expense (that stuff isn't cheap!) but I love it - it's so fast and easy to baste a quilt, plus, you don't have to stop and remove pins as you're quilting :-) (your Olivia is so cute in momma's slippers :-)

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  10. What a great design. I love the sack cloth fabrics you used. I usually go for bright moderns, but I have a soft spot for those, too.

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