Toile Story

You’ve heard of a tall story, haven’t you?

Well, today I have a Toile Story for you. That’s the name I’ve given my checkerboard square quilt, just back from the quilter. Here it is hanging from the arbor on my back deck, in one of the few shots I was able to get today when the breeze died down:

2015-2, Toile Story

(Those tablecloth weights hanging along the bottom of the quilt helped a tiny bit with the breeze. Also helping was the Dear Husband, who was behind the quilt trying to keep it from billowing backward.) Toile Story measures 73″ x 89″ after quilting and trimming.

You may remember from an earlier post that the pattern Checkerboard Square was designed by Alex Anderson using her Never Enough Romance line for P&B Fabrics. I bought the fabric (and cut the quilt out) in 2008 but more than five years passed before I put it together. I finished piecing the back on the last day of 2014.

Toile Story was beautifully quilted by Debbie Scroggy of All Quilted, LLC. Let me show you some details of Debbie’s fine work. Notice that every single seam was stitched in the ditch and the rail fence blocks were all quilted ¼” from the seams. The toile centers of each block were quilted with a feathered wreath design:

feathered wreath in centers
The circles quilted in the royal blue inner border echo the centers of the feathered wreaths in the toile blocks as well as the design printed on the border fabric itself:


corner feather

Debbie and I planned that. The photo above also shows the feather motif quilted in the corner triangles. The side triangles have feathers as well:

side triangle feathers
For the outer border I asked Debbie to quilt “something viny, with leaves.” The motif she chose echoes the round shapes quilted in the interior of the quilt and remains secondary, as I wanted it to be, to the strong lines of the toile fabric design. It’s easier to see the vines and leaves on the back:

details on back

The back of Toile Story features an oversized Goose in the Pond block, deliberately situated above and to the left of center:

back of Toile Story
Before I can legitimately claim Toile Story as a 2015 finish, I have to bind it and label it. I’m ready to get started . . .

ready for binding. . . and that’s no tall story.




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17 Responses to Toile Story

  1. sherri crisp says:

    You just simply amaze me. Your quilt is incredible!

  2. Rebecca says:

    Another beautiful quilt and quilting. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Rosemary Martens says:

    Very, very pretty…love the colors…

  4. peggy barcelona says:

    What an awesome job BOTH of you did!

  5. Rosalee says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Dawn! Love your colors! Beautiful quilting as well!

  6. Gail Brown says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, beautiful quilting, beautiful fabric. Love it!

  7. Sandy says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your beautiful quilt! It is gorgeous!

  8. Diane says:

    You have such a great facility for giving your quilts perfect names and this is no exception. Toile Story is very appealing – I love it!!

  9. Margaret says:

    Congratulations on this almost finish. It is absolutely stunning – The design, the fabrics, the workmanship, the quilting. Just beautiful.

  10. I am so happy that you like the quilting on Toile Story! It is my absolute pleasure to work on your quilts, Dawn!

  11. Charlotte Quiroz says:

    Very pretty! I love the “fresh” look of the blue and white.

  12. An absolutely beautiful quilt! I’m so glad you pulled it from the recesses of your UFO bin last year and even more glad you shared the progress and pictures with all of us. Debbie did a fantastic job on the quilting. Where will your quilt go, I wonder?

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  14. Ceidys says:

    Hi there! I just discovered this quilt pattern today and I absolutely love it. I’ve been searching the internet trying to locate it but have been unsuccessful. Any ideas how I can obtain it? Perhaps a pic of the magazine Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  15. Carla says:

    It’s so beautiful!!! Is it possible to buy the project of the front?

  16. Saundra Blake says:

    Hello, I’m looking for the pattern for the Checkerboard Square Quilt. My mom started this years ago and is now 77 and quilting is a little harder and I’m just starting. When I unpacked the bag with all the material, the pattern wasn’t there.

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