It's still Friday, right? I just finished this by the skin of my teeth, as Grandma used to say. The main body of the top has been done for a week, but I had to scramble a bit to get all the borders on in time for my deadline.
The pattern is Coventry, from the wonderful book by Brenda Riddle, "Comfort & Joy". (Brenda has a terrific blog called Little Acorns, but for some reason I am unable to link to anything today). In the book, the fabric Brenda used was a pretty Christmas group from last year, called Roman Holiday. I used one layer cake of one of this year's Christmas groups--"Peace On Earth" by 3 Sisters for Moda. Can you believe I could do this with one layer cake (a pack of 10" squares from the featured collection)? The stars went together great, and the background I used is Kona White. I had a bolt of it that I appropriated from my daughter Sara. The red used in the checkerboard border was a Moda Marbles that I had in my stash. So, all I had to buy for this entire quilt top was one layer cake at around $30!
The pattern instructions were great, but this was a project where you could not go on automatic pilot while you were sewing. You had to keep your wits about you and pay careful attention to the width of the three white border strips (three different measurements) and attach them in the correct order. Also, each of the checkerboard border strips had a certain number of colored squares and white squares. I spent a lot of time counting and re-counting those squares!
In my opinion, this quilt would be ADORABLE in one of the Mary Englebreit fabric groups, and with a black and white checkerboard border. If anyone does this, please let me know, I would love to see it! The beauty of this pattern is how it showcases a fabric group. In each star, you can see a big swatch of each piece in the collection. Super cute!
On the weight loss front, I lost two pounds overnight after eating only protein yesterday. The waistband of my jeans feels much better today. I don't know if I can stick with this for an entire week, but I aim to try! Only three more pounds to go.
Have a great weekend everyone!