Finish It Up Friday – Giggles Up!
This top, made from a charm pack of Giggles by Me & My Sister Designs and some yummy Kona cotton solids, was sitting on a shelf and has waited long enough. Time to get this quilted UP! The Giggles Up top was finished way back in July! You can read the original post here.
This big baby barely fit across the width of the old hay wagon. And the top row of blocks is hanging over the back of the rack. All my quilt holder helpers were in school.
After completing the quilt top, the next job was to search around for a wideback fabric that would suit this fresh and fun top. I had my eye on some Widescreen by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I contacted Pam of Mad About Patchwork to see if she could help me get my hands on some.
Sure enough, she came through! My Widescreen in Pacific arrived. Then I dragged my feet. And kept putting this project on the back burner.
I set to work getting ready to baste this big beauty. Pressed the backing fabric. Set up my quilting frame. Laid on the backing and batting. Following the wise advice of Amanda Jean, I spent at least an hour trimming the loose threads from the back of this quilt top.
While basting, the one thing I realized is… I really need to buy some more pins.
The quilting is a combination of straight line quilting between the blocks and extended zig zag quilting on each row of blocks. Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts gives this quilting stitch a really cute name – Honeycomb quilting. I have used this stitch for quilting before. I love the look of it mixed with the straight lines.
The mitered border (tutorial here!) was framed with this saturated rainbow of diagonal stripes from the Hello Sunshine collection for Riley Blake Designs.
Giggles Up finished at 82″ x 94″ after quilting and I approximate it will end up around 80” x 92” after washing and drying. Here it is shown on my daughter’s double bed.
Here is the underside of my label….
Enjoy your weekend!
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