A Late Bloomer

Off to the longarm quilter’s one day and ready for pick-up the next! I certainly landed in her queue at just the right time. Here’s a great in-process shot of the quilting Karlee of SewInspired2Day did on my 12-year-old UFO, newly named Lilacs in September:

I was surprised and delighted that Karlee was able to do an edge-to-edge design over the flange on this quilt top. I was sure that folded strip of fabric would get flipped back on itself when the needle traveled over it from the center of the quilt. Turns out Karlee’s longarm has a special foot for sewing over flanges. And she also basted the flange down first, removing the basting stitches after quilting.

The quilting motif is called Abundant Feathers. I was going for a traditional look for this very traditional nine-patch and snowball block design. Here’s a look at the finished front:

A couple of close-ups:

The thread is a pale grey, which blends with all the fabrics. The quilted feathers enhance the quilt without overpowering it.

Here’s a look at the back . . .

. . . including a detail of the singleton Quatrefoil block:

After trimming the quilt, I laid it on the floor to measure it (51″ x 57″) and take photos. Guess who appeared out of nowhere? Yep. Princess Cordelia, aka Coco.

If she’s not on the quilt, she’s under it:

Oh, about the name Lilacs in September. I was inspired by a 1995 British film called Daisies in December, starring Jean Simmons and Josh Ackland. Filmed in Cornwall, it tells the story of a grumpy senior citizen dumped at a seaside retirement home for two weeks by his vacationing family. He’s determined to have a rotten time. Of course he meets someone interesting . . . but there’s a complication. I had a copy of this film on VHS back in the day. It’s never been released as a DVD in the U.S. but it can be seen on Amazon Prime via the Hallmark Channel. I actually signed up the other day for a free seven-day subscription to the Hallmark Channel just so I could watch the movie again.

If daisies can bloom in December, I wondered, can lilacs bloom in September? (I pulled this quilt out of my sewing room closet on the last day of September.) The answer is yes: although many varieties bloom in spring, there are some later-blooming varieties. You could say this quilt is a late bloomer, given the number of years it’s been in my closet.

Now on to the binding. My first fabric of choice would be the medium dark blue fabric of the inner border. It would make a nice frame for the quilt. Second choice would be the light cornflower blue print of the outer border. After 12 years I didn’t have much hope that I’d find either fabric still in my stash. Oh, happy day! After looking just now I found a 16″ strip of the outer border fabric, more than enough for the binding strips. How perfectly providential!




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10 Responses to A Late Bloomer

  1. Kristi Castanette says:

    I love the colors of your “found” quilt, Dawn! The quilt is lovely! Isn’t it nice to find a long lost UFO and let it see the light (or first light :)) of day?

  2. Arden says:

    Dawn….would you ask Karlee the name of her pantograph? I love it and it looks so nice on your quilt! Thanks, Arden

  3. Suzette Shoulders says:

    Such a pretty quilt, Dawn! And wow, one-day turn-around on the FABULOUS quilting! The feathers are really wonderful. As is Coco! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Arden says:

    Oh. Thank you so much!!!

  5. Char says:

    Very nice!

  6. Charlie says:

    Use of the stash is very commendable. And Daisies in December performed its mission well. Cornwall is full of pleasant memories.

  7. Diane says:

    Talk about frosting on a delicious cake, the quilting is magnificent!

  8. Vickie Rooks says:

    Always amazing how the quilting changes a quilt top. Great quilting to go along with super piecing!

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