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Little Blooms {in Kona} Redo – a finish

Posted on: July 3rd, 2015 by Lorna McMahon

99 is a pretty big number. But it looks like it was well worth all the hard work.

I shared a few posts previously herehere and here, updating my progress on the making of these blocks of scrappy Kona Cotton goodness. 99 bottles of beer on the wall. 99 bottles of beer….

Truthfully, I was getting kind of worried that the blocks would not look as nice in rows and columns as they did in a big ol’ mixed up pile. Once I got them all together I started second guessing myself. Wondering if I should not have gone so scrappy.

But in the end….
I absolutely love it!

I chose my last piece of Widescreen Crosshatch in Grey by Caroline Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics for the backing. The binding is Scribbles in Black by Ed Emberley for Cloud 9 Fabrics. I got the last yard available from Mad About Patchwork. And ordered more of the Widescreen, too. My happy mail was delivered on Thursday at 1:00.

I used the “Rita of Red Pepper Quilts” binding method, once again. This time I was going to try glue basting to keep the binding folded over to the back, but it was too messy. I opted to pin as I went along instead. And am super pleased with the results this time! The width of the binding was much more even along the back and so was the stitching.

These blocks remind me of a brightly filled in colouring book. And that’s why I chose the Scribbles for the binding. The black really makes those Konas pop. And it also helps make the transition to that soft grey backing fabric.

Getting pretty predictable here. Surprise! Organic wavy line quilting. Again. I was going to straight line quilt along the seam lines. And did do one and a half passes. But ripped it out. And proceeded to simply enjoy myself and the process. However, there is a surprise. I quilted vertically instead of my usual horizontal edge to edge this time!

This quilt was much too large to fit on the side of that old hay wagon. So I rounded up the kids. And the cat. And the dog. And we went out into the front yard for the photo shoot. The sun was bright, the grass was green, and the sky was true blue and filled with fluffy white clouds.

Little Blooms measures approximately 63″ x 77″ and is for sale in my Etsy shop here.

A special thank you to my quilt model/photographer Erin. You are a doll!

Now this finish was completed on Thursday late in the afternoon. And these photos were taken immediately afterward. No. I didn’t take the time to use the lint brush first….

Keeping it real here….

This Little Blooms quilt was the 44th use of my 100 labels ordered from Ikaprint.
I have added Large Size to the Little Blooms pattern here.

Linking up to Finish it up Friday with
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43 Responses

  1. The quilt looks absolutely stunning, Lorna – I can tell you were excited to get it done and photographed (I have been so guilty of that myself)! Your quilt holder and the beautiful sunny day make for some lovely photography. 🙂

  2. Rike Busch says:

    It's a really amazing quilt! I also ordered some labels at Ikaprint with my own logo and they are fantastic. Greetings, Rike

  3. KMTrott says:

    It is beautiful Lorna! The vertical waves puts to mind flowers swaying in a gentle summer breeze 🙂

  4. Kay says:

    This is just stunning, it is such a happy looking quilt. x

  5. Unknown says:

    I absolutely love this quilt and would like to make one myself!

  6. Allison says:

    It's beautiful and all those colours look stunning in the bright fresh outdoors!

  7. Dana Gaffney says:

    That quilt finished beautifully, the scrappy look is perfect.

  8. Dominique says:

    Oh, Lorna, how will you be able to separate yourself from this beauty? So. Much. Work. It's gorgeous!

  9. I love it! It is simply stunning.

  10. KathyinMN says:

    oh WOW, I love how it came out!

  11. Amazing! Good call on the quilting.

  12. great finish!! lovely model

  13. Great finish, looks like you and your model were having fun! Great to see these blocks done another way.

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  15. I accidentally deleted the comment left by Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge…. \”Lovely finish! I've not used glue basting for a large quilt… like you, I think I'd find it too messy. WonderClips are my go to in that situation!\”

  16. Vicki in MN says:

    Another stunning quilt, I love all the scrappy goodness!

  17. Carla says:

    Very pretty Lorna! The fabrics seem to shine. Cute model too ; )

  18. Audrey says:

    Drop dead gorgeous, Lorna. I love the scrappy use of the Kona solids and the wavy quilting. Your model is a natural.

  19. Jayne says:

    Lorna, you nailed it! All the colors shine and so does Erin! What beautiful pictures you go…nice, lovely, perfect!

  20. Christine S says:

    This is so beautiful Lorna! The nice, lush green makes the perfect backdrop!

  21. ~Diana says:

    SO SO PRETTY~ I love it Lorna~it looks like a summer day!

  22. Really beautiful, I love how scrappy it is, and I also love your choice of binding fabric, just perfect.

  23. SarahZ says:

    This is SO great! It looks amazing in the front yard! I kept thinking \”99 Kona Blooms on the wall…\” 🙂 That is some serious quilty gorgeousness for sure!!!!

  24. Quilt turned out great and a beautiful model you have there. Debbie

  25. Ioleen says:

    Love this quilt. It is so colourful and fresh looking. Good looking model as well.

  26. Izzy says:

    This is absolutely stunning! I love everything about this quilt. Great, great finish!

  27. Wonderful finish and glad you could enjoy the beautiful day!

  28. Cheryl says:

    Simply stunning! That is a ton of blocks and the resultant quilt is just beautiful.

  29. Gorgeous! And I'm with you on the glue basting – far too messy for me to deal with. Wonder clips are my best friends!

  30. This quilt…GORGEOUS! I'm with you on the glue basting- way too messy. I use Clover Wonder Clips and am very happy with them.

  31. Hi there Lorna,I bought Little Blooms(and others!) during your pattern sale last week.Could you please email me the additional size info(for the large size quilt above)?Thanks!Quilty Huggs,Jacquelinesnausages22 at yahoo.CA

  32. Stephie says:

    You make me laugh Lorna (in a good way!). Wavy lines are not \”predictable\”, but your SIGNATURE!!! Own it lady! This is such a gorgeous quilt and it's going to have one very happy owner one day 🙂

  33. Lara B. says:

    Truly Gorgeous and Oh Sew Fun Lorna! 99 bottles and all, LOL. Erin really is a doll. She could easily be a model at Quilt Market, especially that last photo where she looks like she's having a ball! Little Blooms is really a fabulous quilt and one of the things I love so much about it is the scrappy solids. That is something you rarely see too.

  34. yes – the scrappyness adds to it charm!! Love it!

  35. Sewmotion says:

    Wow! It was even better than I imagined, and that's saying something. That block is beautiful and the colours are stunning, and are so bright in some great photography! well done, I hope you're suitably proud of yourself! 🙂

  36. What a gorgeous gorgeous finish. Enjoyed seeing the progress along the way, and yep, Erin is adorable, great model for such a happy quilt!

  37. Glinda ♥ says:

    Erin really is enchanting … another beautiful creation and what fun you must have had taking all those glorious photos 🙂

  38. Susan P says:

    Just beautiful…..this is the first solid Kona quilt I've liked. On my bucket list now!

  39. Your post just made me SMILE!!!! Love the solid kona colors. Thanks for the inspiration!

  40. Shauna says:

    It's beautiful Lorna! What a lovely creation!

  41. Vera says:

    Lovely! What a pretty colors! Well done!

  42. Lynne says:

    This is gorgeous! Bought the pattern already, but was wondering if you had a listing of what Kona colors you used? I know there is a kit available, but I have a ton of Kona solids already, and want to see how many I could avoid buying. Thanks for any help you can offer. And, again… Brilliant job!!! 🙂