Thursday, March 3, 2011

Cotton Candy Quilt Top

This is a replacement for the photo that I had up at first, the
one where which was turned top to bottom!  Sorry!
For the past week two weeks I've been working on a crib quilt for a baby girl to be born in April, the daughter of our dear friends Erin and Michael.  Good friend Patty and I traveled to Ft. Worth to check out the wonderful quilting fabric store Cabbage Rose  two weeks ago yesterday.  There I found some wonderfully girly fabric that I fell in love with and decided to use for this quilt.

The block was the super-simple Rail Fence block, but these are a small 3", so it took 54 blocks in all.  The sewing of the blocks went fast, but the sewing of the on-point blocks into diagonal rows took much longer.  As of this morning, though, I attached the last two borders.  Because the Waco Quilt Show is fast approaching, I've been unable to find a machine quilter to quilt Cotton Candy (as Bee friend Hilary christened it!) for me.  So I will attempt, with much fear and trepidation, to quilt it myself.  I plan to use simple, straight-line quilting in the quilt's center and then do some much more-fun-for-me hand-quilting in the borders, using the fabric's print to guide me around some of the bigger, bolder flowers.

I just turned around quickly and looked at my quilt.  Lo and behold I saw a mistake--a block that is turned the wrong way!  This happened the first time I made this quilt.  That time, though, I only discovered the goof after the quilt had been machine quilted.  Then I decided I would call this block my deliberate mistake.  Click on that link to learn this interesting bit of quilting history!  This time around, however, I've found my error in time to remove that block from the quilt and put it back in correctly.  I don't need to make a deliberate mistake in order to demonstrate humility; there are always plenty of minor goofs in my quilts!

Hmmm, maybe I should offer a prize to the person who finds my wrongly placed block.  Actually it's pretty easy to spot it, so I'll offer the prize to the FIRST person who finds it.  If you're a quilter, your prize will be quilt-related.  If not, I suppose I'll have to come up with something else.  Happy hunting!  As always, remember to click on the image to vice it bigger.

I decided not to crop this one, so my far-away friends can
have a little glimpse of my design wall.  Note the banner to the
right, my first attempt at paper-piecing, a banner that
I use in this blog to introduce myself.  Also one friend, if she looks carefully,
can see the first fabric postcard I ever received, a card she sent to me!  To the left,
of course, are my Elfa drawers, which hold my stash.


  1. I found it. It's the 7th row, far right, the pink block is turned around. The polka dots should be on the other side. You have to really look to find it, though. I doubt anyone would have noticed. Maybe the judges, though, would have. Glad you found it in time.
    It's turned out beautiful and I know you'll do a great
    job quilting it. See you soon, Hilary

  2. Well if I have already lost the contest...i should slow down to read more carefully, but I think it is 4th row far right!

  3. Alice, the quilt looks perfect to me! I would never find the "deliberate mistake." I love the name of the quilt and think the quilt itself is beautiful. I hope you win a prize with it.

  4. The 2nd quilt photo is a reversal of the first photo and the problem is the fourth row from the bottom, the first block.

  5. Oh, dear, friends, I really did NOT intend to confuse! I inadvertently reversed the first picture. I had taken a vertical shot, so I had to rotate the image. But I ended up rotating it such that the bottom of the quilt was at the top. So that really threw Linda off. But Hilary "won" anyway, because she was the first one to respond, and she did find the error. It is indeed the 4th row from the bottom, one of the pink blocks, and polka dots are on the right rather than on the left. Hilary, at our next Guild meeting or Bee, I'll have a prize for you!

  6. Now I've fixed the photos! The first one is correctly oriented now! When you click on it, it is easy to see the block that was placed wrong, 4th row from the bottom, first pink block. Note the polka dots!

  7. Thank you Alice. How are you coming along w/the quilting? I'm trying to finish up 2 quilts for show and tell at our next bee. See you soon.

  8. The mistake. You used the polka dot log at both ends of the square? Well, it' a lovely quilt.