Friday, October 4, 2013


Virginia Bound, designed by Bonnie Hunter, is FINISHED!   I went to Bonnie's workshop on September 7 and I finished sewing the binding on October 2.  This quilt is published in her book,  Scraps & Shirttails.  Thanks for a great workshop and quilt pattern, Bonnie!

I'm pretty sure this is the fastest that I have ever completed a quilt.  Usually it takes months, if not years!

I was kind of surprised that the light colored diamonds seem to pop out at you.

I quilted it on my Janome 6600 sewing machine and the quilt pattern (as much as I could follow it) is from Angela Walter's book, Free-Motion Quilting, and is swirled hook.  However, it took me a while to figure out how to do the hook, so depending on which part of the quilt you are looking at, you might not see it.

This picture contains some of the blocks that Joan sent me - I sent her some of mine in exchange.  I also traded some fabric strips with other people at the workshop.

Since the top is scrappy (mostly made with men's shirts that I bought at garage sales), I figured that I would make a scrappy backing as well.  The majority of the fabric I used for the back is from either garage sales, thrift shops or was given to me.

Except for some of the border fabric, that is.  The cheddar/orange fabric is from Andover's Jo Morton and I bought it at a garage sale for $2.00 per yard.  Same with some of the dark green in the border - I had to throw in some reproduction fabrics!

I decided to participate in Lori's quilt along (QAL).  It will be a small one and I hardly had to do anything to get this first part put together because I had all the HSTs leftover from other projects.  The basket block was also a leftover block.

Tomorrow we're supposed to get a "cold" front!  I'm not sure how cold it will get, but we'll take anything lower than the 90s - or 80s.  Woo Hoo!!


  1. What a wonderful scrap creation! I love the plaids--and what a fun border.
    Great start on Lori's little QAL. That basket block makes a good center, and I love the Jo Morton fabric you used as the sashing.
    I searched for a 6" orphan block, but the only ones I had were in batiks or plaid shirts. I wanted to do this QAL in CW repros, so I am afraid it will have to wait until we return from our trip and I have time to start from scratch!

  2. Seeing some of my block units is like seeing one of my kids in a family picture...of someone else's family! Hi kids!!

    I love everything about this. Isn't it soooo fast to put together? I am looking forward to making my 2nd one after the holidays (maybe before if I can squeeze in some mindless sewing time).

  3. Great job, the quilting is wonderful and I love the scrappiness of it. It is beautiful. I'm thinking of joining Lori's quilt along, we will see how it goes. I still have several other projects to work on. We have cooled down in NM, only suppose to be in the 60's the next couple of days with lots of wind. By Monday we are suppose to be back into the 70's. I love the cooler weather!

  4. Your quilt looks beautiful! Great job and done so quickly, too! Way to go!

  5. Yay for you!!! Tis pattern is so pretty and appealing to me. Great job.

  6. Oh Ruth, this one is wonderful, wonderful wonderful!!! Such pretty quilting too!!! Going to have to research out your sources!!! I'm looking forward to the cooler weather!! Yeah!! We're hoping for some rain too!!


  7. What a stunning quilt! Fabulous quilting too. You should be well-chuffed Ruth. That's a cute block you are working on now.

  8. Wow! What a fabulous quilt. I love anything scrappy, especially Bonnie Hunter patterns. Your version is just awesome.

  9. I love it! What more can I say? Can't wait to see it! ---"Love"

  10. Ohhh, I did not think it could gert even better, but it did. What an amazing quilt. I love the light and darks and how it looks a bit different every time I look at it.
    You really did do that quilt fast.
    Happy stitching

  11. Very nice... very nice indeed! I esp like the stars in the corners of the borders... perfect border, too!

    Now I want to make one.. *lol*

  12. wow - great finish. I love the quilting too - adds a lot of interest and texture.
    great center block for Lori's QAL

  13. Gorgeous quilt! Aren't you smart for getting it all finished in no time at all. Your piecing and quilting are superb! Love your little basket block too!

  14. Oh how lovely! And interesting to see what the viewer sees - you are right - the lights jump forward. Thanks for good photos of your quilting as well. This is totally charming!!!

  15. Way to go on the quick quilt finish! The quilting is wonderful for such a large quilt too!!
    Love your basket for Faithful sewalong!!