I finished the skill builder sampler quilt! YAY!!! This quilt has been over one year in the making. Did I learn anything by making this quilt? YOU BET! I was not very good at curves, or applique, but after this quilt, I feel adequate enough to venture on a quilt using these techniques. The first few blocks of my skill builder sampler can be found in my Quilt of Valor quilt, but the rest, plus a few others, complete this marvelous quilt!
A long time ago, I had purchased A LOT of Holly Holderman’s Dolly Dresses fabric. When Leila asked us to choose a fabric to work with for our skill builder sampler, I knew I wanted to do a few red, white, and blue ones first, but then switch over to the Dolly Dresses line. Leila also used these fabrics, in addition to a few others, and so it was fun to watch how she made her blocks, and how similar or differently our blocks turned out.
Here are a few close ups of the quilt:
I decided to do a “postage stamp” border to this quilt, but with also a white border around each block. I am so excited about how the final quilt looks. I used the yellow and periwinkle plaid fabric to bind the quilt. and the back is made from left over blocks and left over fabric from the Dolly Dresses lines.
I also completed a pillow top with some left over fabrics from yet another dresden quilt that I am making. These dresden wedges were placed inside an equilateral triangle, making this fun design. Here is the original drawing of the triangles that I needed to put together for this 18 inch pillow top:
I had to cut off a lot to make the actual pillow top, though.
I had to cut off the thickest portion of the dresden wedges, since the wedges were pre-cut before designing this pillow top, but I used the tumbler-like left overs to put together an envelope for the pillow back.
My neighbor won this pillow at a service auction I donated to. I won family pictures, so I think it was a decent trade. :)
This quilt ended up, after washing and drying, 74 inches by 88 inches. Perfect for a twin bed, or a full size bed.
I am so happy to have completes these two projects. Now I can start more new things, including Halloween costumes and MORE QUILTS! Thanks for stopping by!