Mom discouraged bragging in our house when I was growing up, but I know she would give me some slack if I pat myself on the back for finishing this quilt top. I have been struggling to get this done for more than two years! The first challenge was the appliqued circles. I am not skilled at hand applique, and have also had my issues with some machine applique techniques. That whole starch thing was the biggest mess when I tried it! Finally I figured out (with the help of many people's advice) how to do raw edge fusible machine applique, using a blanket stitch. I was sure happy when the circles were done and had come out---well, circular.
Then I put the project away. Don't get me wrong, I really liked it and sincerely wanted to finish it. But that pieced checkerboard lattice around not only each block, but as an inner border as well? I wasn't sure I was up for it. Every few months I would go back to the project box however, take out the applique squares I was so pleased with, and tell myself I just had to finish it someday.
This summer was the time, and Friday, June 27 is the day!
The pattern is called Garden Fence from a book called Hearth and Home Quilts by Joanna Figueroa and Lisa Quan. If you don't recognize their names, they are the Fig Tree designers. I didn't purchase a single piece of fabric for this quilt top. It was all scraps from my stash.
I really like this one and think it will look great in the family room with my Blended Neutrals quilt. Some times you just have to stick to it and get it done.