Gretchen Quilt finished

I am not sure if it is considered cheating or not, but because the majority of my quilts are kids size, the task of finishing them is not as daunting/labor intensive as an adult size quilt.  I must admit I do like the fact I can try an idea or color scheme out with out too much commitment.   With the gretchen quilt I wanted to try two things I had not done before –  the pattern, which is a very traditional quilt pattern and the orange/blue color scheme.  Here is the results….gretch quilt finished

I must admit I am really pleased with how this quilt turned out.  The colours pop and the pattern looks complex but is really quite easy.  I blogged about this quilt block a couple of weeks ago, and included a couple of links to the pattern.  You can click here to find it if you are interested.  I went the paper piecing route and the only annoying thing was using the tweezers to remove the bits of paper wedged where eight corners meet.  I did learn a valuable lesson with this – if possible remove as much of the paper corners before you sew the blocks together.  I really does minimize the tweezer work and save time in the end.

gretchen quilt detail

I did simple straight line quilting, following the lines of the block and then stitched around the center of the square.  I am still traumatized by the stipple quilting I did recently and think straight lines are still the go for the next couple of quilts.  In my quilting defence (i) there is no stitching in the ditch and (2) I think the quilting compliments the piecing.

gretchen quilt block detail

When it came time to put the back together I found in my stash the most perfect backing fabric….Ed Emberley’s Giraffes from his Happy Drawing collection.

gretchen quilt back

I love this print and will have to track down some more, as I used it all on the backing.  The design is fabulous and very boy appropriate.

fabric detail

For the binding I choose a solid navy/denim cotton which seemed to work really well.  I hand stitch all my binding and the little bit of stretch in the fabric made it easy to work with.

gretchen quilt binding

Now I am heading back to my pink & yellow quilt.  After posting my work in progress this week, my niece has claimed the quilt as hers, so I am trying to get it finished fast.

9 thoughts on “Gretchen Quilt finished

  1. I absolutely love this. The colours literally go POP! Plus the back is just as pleasing to look at as the front because of that gorgeous giraffe fabric, and you can see the detail and work that has gone into the front from the back. All in all, fabulous from all angles! 🙂

  2. Love love love this quilt – especially when I saw it at the guild meeting! Would love to use this pattern and your color choices for Do. Good Stitches PEACE group in the month of June. a group of us do one quilt a month for My Very Own Blanket who provides quilts/blankets for foster kids. Let me know if you approve! thank you – Paula

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