Monday, January 11, 2021

OMG Complete - Diamond Jubilee Quilt Backgrounds

Very happy to report that the backgrounds for all my sunflower blocks are stitched down!  They still need a final trim before making the flying geese sashings, but that will have to wait for February.  Here is what they look like now, all together on the design wall (and taped to the adjacent wall).

After trying a number of layouts, I think this may be the final location for the blocks relative to each other.  There are a couple of outliers that I dithered about whether to remove the first backgrounds and substitute something else, but in the end decided that would be way more work than it's worth, especially since the blocks will be separated by sashings.  I'm hoping to make the entire quilt from stash and my scrap tubs and trying to achieve an overall scrappy look similar to the featured quilt in 19th Century Patchwork Divas' Treasury of Quilts, shown below.


A quick look at the individual blocks while they were still up on the design wall and away from the kitty's ever-exploring paws.  Had to hold the camera at an angle and attempt to get them more or less level.  As you will no doubt see, several of the backgrounds required piecing in order to cut a 14-1/2 inch square.













There are several pieces of this near vintage (1980s?) Joan Kessler print (Concord Fabrics) in the stash.  Considering using this for the setting triangles, though will likely root through the stash more before making a final decision.  

This completes my One Monthly Goal for January, and I'll link this post when Patty at Elm Street Quilts posts her month-end OMG linkup.

Looking forward to working on a few other things for the remainder of the month.  Maybe even beginning the machine quilting on one of the five tops awaiting their turn!

Til next time, happy quilting!

22 comments:

  1. That Concord print looks like it would give the blocks the accent and frame they would need. Isn't it great when one of the older pieces is just right. They have waited so long. . . Your blocks are really lovely.

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  2. Wonderful! You have a great collection here....and the pieced backgrounds just make it more fitting with the "feel" of the pattern and blocks. Oh, yes, one of those Joan Kessler prints from the 80-90s would be perfect setting for these.

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  3. Gorgeous!! I'm working on a sunflower quilt too with the same number of blocks and the same on point setting, but very different fabrics. I'm close to getting all the blocks done and then need to decide about sashing and setting triangles. It's been an enjoyable challenge. I look forward to seeing yours progress.

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    1. Thank you Gladi, I've been following your progress too, and love the lighter, brighter vibe of your sunflowers. These fussy quilts are really very enjoyable to work on when there are no other deadlines looming. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. The blocks are so dramatic. What a beautiful January finish

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  5. I am so excited for you to have the blocks completed. They are incredible. This is going to be such a stunning quilt!

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  6. Your sunflowers are just gorgeous and this is a great setting for them. Nice to take a break before contemplating flying geese in February?

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  7. Oh, joy! The Sunflowers are growing and they are beauties!

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  8. Your blocks are all little beauties but that blue one with the little flowered fussy-cut diamond pull on my heart string. Then came up the next picture and I was floored. WOW! That one is just AWESOME. Looks like it is transparent. You did an excellent job on these complicated blocks. Kudos. Yes, that Concord would be perfect. Enjoy! ;^)

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  9. Those blocks are so pretty. I think that “near” vintage fabric would work really well with them.

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  10. So beautiful! They came together so quickly oo and are lovely. The ahing choice is interesting, is it for the Geese triangles? Will it need brighter additions for the ''sky''?

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  11. Oh they are all sensational!! Simply gorgeous. And, I think that Joan Kessler print is perfect. Think I might have had some of it back then too.

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  12. What a wonderful collection of sunflowers! and you have finished your monthly goal already! Wow!

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  13. Oh, you finished that pretty quickly! They look lovely! Looking forward to seeing the FG sashing, but you are wise to take a bit of a break before tackling that.

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  14. Gorgeous! Really, just beautiful colors together for each block and all the blocks together. It's hard to imagine (if I were doing it) getting the circles so perfectly round and centered on the backgrounds. Congratulations on finishing so early! Well done.

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  15. I don’t know how I missed commenting on your gorgeous sunflower blocks! Wow, I do love them! Your work is always so beautifully done. You certainly are off to a another great year of quilting.

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  16. Thank you! I'm looking forward to a less hurried pace.

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  17. Whoo-hoo! Look at you! Your circles look great, and I love that you pieced some of the backgrounds. Perfect. I recognize a couple of those old prints - Joan Kessler. Haven't seen that name on a selvedge for years! Good for you to make your OMG with plenty of time to spare. And five quilt tops in the wings? Guess you know how your 2021 is going to begin to play out. :-) Take care of yourself.

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