Friday Finish - A Special Dowry Quilt for Mom

Now that I've delivered this quilt to my mother, I can finally show it to you all!  I absolutely love this quilt - it was a hard one to let go for sure.  I couldn't help but take a million pictures of it - besides loving this quilt, my parents' house is probably the best backdrop I've ever had for a photo shoot!
I used Anna Maria Horner's Dowry pattern, but used fabric from all of her collections since Field Study (the first one I ever bought).  I made the secondary design squares of hot and cold colours.  I used silk batting and a gorgeous dark blue minky dimple dot for the backing.  Canadian winters can be harsh, (especially the last couple of years - hello polar vortex!), and I wanted this baby to be really toasty.  It's x 60 x 70", so someone can either cover up from toes to chin, or spread it across a few laps and share it.
I absolutely love the Dowry pattern.  Since only half of the blocks are pieced, it comes together really quickly.  While I was piecing it I kept thinking "how come nobody's done a Dowry-along yet?"  It's such a great pattern - not very difficult skill-wise but the end result can be really stunning.  In fact, I've added a queen size one to my list of future quilts!
Thanks for coming and taking a look - have a great weekend!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts...

WIP Wednesday - A Future Boy's Nonsense Quilt

Hello all, I've been back from our holiday in Canada for four days and am already regretting getting on the plane!  The time flew by way too fast this year.
Even though it's only mid-August, with my summer vacation over this fall feeling has settled over me and got me looking to new projects.  Although I have many more Glitter blocks to go, and my Single Girl quilt has turned into a Single and Sitting by the Phone Waiting for Me to Call quilt, I just had to whip up a few test blocks for the Boy's Nonsense quilt I've had in my head for a while now.  (I don't feel quite as guilty if I call them "test blocks"!)  Although Leila's gorgeous quilt was my inspiration, I got my block template from this site, downloading the 12" block.
The second picture is the fabrics I've pulled for this project.  Looking at the picture I realized I'll probably need a few more dark coloured fabrics, as I'd like to do alternating lights/darks in the layout (as mentioned in Leila's tutorial).  When I change the fabrics picture to black and white, (Leila's trick), there are way too many medium value fabrics.  When I pulled them I had only thought about the colour palette, not light and dark.  I'll have to see what else I have in the stash.
Thanks for stopping by.
Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday...

Post holiday stash update

Well, we're back from our holiday at home in Ontario.  I took full advantage of my trip across the ocean to add a bit of fabric to my stash.  First I made an order with my favourite Canadian online shop Mad About Patchwork.  I chose a few new Cotton + Steel fabrics, as many low volume fabrics as they had, and some Basic Grey grunge colours.  I also got two cuts of lovely, soft, minky dimple dot, which are going to be backings for two new couch quilts very soon.
We went down to the states for a few days with my parents, and my mom and I hit the Joann store in Buffalo.  We got half yards of all the Denyse Schmidt, Julianna Horner, and Lotta Jansdotter they had, and then split it once we got home.  I had no idea Lotta Jansdotter had a line for Joann, so it was a nice surprise.  (I also stocked up on Reese's pieces and Jolly Ranchers, but that's for a different kind of stash! :) )

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