Sparkle Table Topper

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This is Sparkle by Joanna Figueroa.  This is the tabletop version (measures 36×36″).  I picked this up a clearance sale over at Connecting Thread.  I wasn’t really crazy about the fabric choices because I prefer a whiter white and brighter colors for the colored blocks and half-square triangles.  This one has more of a “country” feel that’s not my favorite right now but I bought it because it was a great price, it was a pattern that I wanted to make, and it was an opportunity to practice my quilting.

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I like the way it came out even though I probably won’t keep it.  It looks really good and I really got into the quilting.  The different areas of the quilt are all quilted differently with some ‘new-to-me’ free-motion quilting techniques.

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There’s cobble-stone quilting in the squares surrounding the center square, radiating lines in the solid white triangles and pebbled quilting in the solid colored block border.

The back is a batik that I got at Jo-ann’s.

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I’m not sure who it’s going to go to yet, but I am glad that it came out so well (even the binding) since this wasn’t a project that I really put my heart into.  It was great free-motion quilting practice with the added benefit of actually producing something I really like and am proud to have made.

 

What I’m Doing This Weekend

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I’m finally getting some time to quilt this quilt.  I started this quilt back in January.  It’s an adaptation of a Quilty magazine pattern called “Modern Plaid”.  I just changed the colors and added more width to the sides so that it fits a king-size bed. 

 

This quilt is huge and I’ve only just started the quilting this weekend but it’s going fairly well.  I still consider myself a beginner quilter so I’m only going to stipple the huge red sections but my goal is to do a little something more in the pieced sections.  My goal is have it finished and on the bed by the beginning of June.  Funny, because this is supposed to be our winter quilt but after all the work going into this quilt, it’s going to be the all-year quilt!  (At least until I start the next one 😉