Problem solved

So. Problem solved. I was wondering the other day what to use on the back of my Goose quilt. You all (including those who commented on Facebook) were very helpful. I had in mind to use a big pink/red line-drawn floral on the back. I could see it in my mind’s eye, but had nothing on the shelves that would work. I searched several websites and couldn’t find anything there, either. But! While I was looking, I came across this:

Problem solved
Flamingos!

Yes, flamingos! If you can even vaguely understand my goofy sense of humor, you’ll understand that I was tickled silly at the idea of flamingos to back Goose in the Pond blocks. Flamingos at the Waterin’ Hole, maybe? Flamingoose?

Anyway, I’ve ordered it and it’s winging its way to me as I type. (See what I did there? Winging?) I also ordered a little piece of the darkest solid (Kona solid in Valentine) to use as the binding. I think it’ll help contain all the movement going on in the quilt.

Problem solved
Kona solid in Valentine

By the way, do you ever sew with Kona? I am using more solids lately, and it’s my favorite. Paired up with Aurifil 50-weight thread, it’s such a pleasure to sew. I buy the Kona here. No affiliations, just a happy quilter!

While I wait for the back and binding fabrics to fly to my mailbox (groan), all I have to do is give it a title. What name would you give it?

Throw some names at me! I’ll tell you the winner in a future post…or maybe I’ll open it up for a vote. What do you think?

It’s Here!

Yep, it’s here! Do y’all remember this little quilt I showed you a couple of weeks ago?

(c)2015, Lori East

I had finally gotten it all put together and asked my friend Phyllis Arnett if she could quilt it for me (more about that here). It turned out that Phyllis had had a cancellation so she had an opening for me. I hurried and got the back sewn together and popped it in the mail to her.

Now, Phyllis had never quilted for me before but I had seen her work when I was at MQX Midwest last September, and liked it, so I was comfortable sending it to her. What I didn’t know was how she would exceed my expectations! And fast? Whew! The whole thing took less than two weeks from the time I mailed it until it came back. Now, I don’t want to brag so much on Phyllis that I create unrealistic expectations. I know that she works hard to get things in and out quickly, but I was lucky enough to connect with her with perfect timing. How often does that happen? (The fact that we only live about 200 miles away from each other, and have a mail processing center between us, might be a help too. Mail between us only takes a day. Unheard of, right?)

Phyllis asked me all the requisite questions about batting and what I wanted for a quilting design. I told her that I am not crazy about most allover patterns, and would most like for her just to play. I know that this is what she really loves doing and it’s what she’s good at, so why would I try to dictate otherwise?

And play she did. My little quilt came home yesterday, packed up in a lovely bag (and with a little bonus gift inside). Even my teenager (who normally just says, “Hmm,” over any quilt) said, “Wow, Mom, that’s beautiful!” when I unpacked it and laid it on the bed. This is what I saw:

quilted
All quilted and ready to be bound.

The quilting pattern is a design by Christy Dillon which Phyllis adapted for my quilt. She says I’m the first to have it! (I love being first, don’t you?) if I understand correctly, Christy will be marketing the pattern soon as a block design. I think it’s wonderful!

Here are a few closer photos so you can actually see the design. Delicious, isn’t it?

I am actually anxious to get the binding on this one. No, I won’t use it until next Christmas, but I’ll be looking forward to it! I’m not yet sure what I’ll bind it with. I have scraps of most of the fabrics, but probably not enough to do a scrappy binding. I think there’s enough of the green tone-on-tone that you can see in the top center of the second photo down from the top, and probably enough of the green-on-red print that you can see in the upper left and lower right of the same photo. I’m sure there’s enough of the flannel too, but I don’t think I want to use that. In any event, I am ready to get it done and done.

Now to give it a name. Do you have a suggestion? Leave me a comment below (yes, you have to sign in with Disqus to do that, sorry, but it’s the only way to keep the spambots at bay, pesky things), and I’ll let you know what I choose!