March 04, 2014

California Girl

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!

I few years ago I taught down in New Orleans and got to experience Mardi Gras from the local standpoint.  In parts of town it was very family orientated.  Let's say that the French Quarter lives up to its reputation.  Uptown was pretty cool parading with friends, a crawfish boil on the street car tracks, kids standing on ladders above the crowd catching beads and stuffies.  Much different than I expected in my head.  My college friend came down to enjoy the festivities and it didn't let us down.  The floats were spectacular, but what I like most about the parades was the high school marching bands.  They did such a great job.     


Today I also finished this UFO using California Girl fabric by Moda.  This quilt top has been sitting around since last summer and it's about time I finished this project.  (Middle quilt in my UFO pile, 3 out of 5 done).  Yay for another finish!


This project started as a layer cake.  To be honest, I cannot remember how I cut each square to create this quilt, but it involved some narrow pieces and the larger pieces got made into a border.


Here is a glimpse of the backing, which is also priced, using a strip from the front and two different fabrics from the line.


The top finishes at 54 inches x 71 inches.  This size is perfect for a toddler bed and not to heavy for a small child.  The whole thing is top stitched using a stippled pattern, all done free-hand.


Backing.




Hope everyone is having a happy Fat Tuesday and getting their UFO finished up this week!

Sew long for now, 

CHELS

3 comments:

  1. Well, congrats on your finishes. Finishes are awesome! Your quilts are beautiful, I especially like the colors, and the fact that you quilted them yourself.

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  2. Beautiful finish! Those pretty spring colors are wonderful and the stipples work great on this quilt.

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  3. There is nothing like a finish! The whole quilt is lovely, and the binding frames it beautifully!

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