Sunday, October 22, 2017

Florabunda Finished!!


Florabunda
72 x 90
It's finally finished. 


Inspired by an antique quilt and Bonnie Hunter



These are actually nine inch Jacob's Ladder blocks with yellow backgrounds and florals. 

Bonnie Hunter  (Quiltville) first showed the vintage quilt that inspired her in June 2011 and then shared how she made the nine inch blocks she nicknamed Florabunda.      I started sewing along on a Florabunda quilt that same year - 2011.  By "sewing along" I mean I made about 15 blocks.  The problem was that I had hardly any yellow tone on tone fabrics and even fewer floral fabrics and even less disposable income to purchase any additional fabric to finish the quilt blocks.    That's why this quilt remained a UFO for so long. 

I quilted it on my DSM.  (I could probably win a wrestling tournament now).  I tried a three-petaled flower motif and basically tried for consistency of size and placement since I have problems in those areas when I machine quilt.  I guess I'm getting better. 

I'm not in love with it and could definitely part with it.  From now on I'm going to try to make those quilts I can part with a twin size like this one.  That's the size most often desired if there is a disaster and a call for quilts. That's also the size the local Family Resources and Humility of Mary homeless shelters would like to receive.  It's also the size I like to give if I donate a quilt for a charitable benefit.   I'll keep it around awhile for just the right occasion. 



24 comments:

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Great scrappy finish Cathy. I like to have quilts set aside for donating to just the right charity. I know this one will be loved - it is so happy. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

It can be so hard to finish a quilt you don't love, but also a good feeling to finally accomplish it. Someone will really love and appreciate that quilt!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

great finish! love the colors

Julierose said...

This turned out beautifully...love the florals hugs, julierose

Nann said...

Congratulations on another fine finish, Cathy! And, yes, practice definitely makes FMQing get better. I admire all your scrappy creations. (Going back to take a look at what I've missed seeing/admiring.)

Kate said...

Very pretty! I like the yellows with those florals, it makes for a very sunny quilt.

Linda said...

Loved reading the back story to your finished Floribunda Quilt. Well done for completing your UFO even though you don't love it. It will go to a good home so very worth all the love and energy you put into it. Your DSM skills are amazing. I can only marvel as I wrestle sandwiching 60" square quilts and can only manage straight stitches and those aren't perfect!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A wonderful version, I love it! What really appeals is the variety of yellow backgrounds, great way to add depth & interest.

Ann said...

We have an antique Jacob's Ladder in my family and I've always wanted to make one. Your idea to make them twin size very helpful. We need quilts and other supplies here.

Ariane said...

Congrats on a wonderful finish!!

Andrea said...

Such a gloriously happy quilt! Whoever gets it will always smile at the joy radiating from this one. Great finish! :)

Chantal L. said...

Congratulations on persevering. You have a wonderful bright quilt as a reward. Love your quilting. Enjoy! ;^)

Quilting Babcia said...

I love the yellow backgrounds for your blocks, that makes the whole quilt sing in my eyes.

Quilter Kathy said...

Fantastic! I love it!
It's always good to have quilts on hand that we can feel great about giving away to a good cause!

Nicole said...

Ta-done! is such a great feeling. And giving it to someone who will love it more than you will is an even better feeling. Well done you.

Louise said...

Maybe you're a bit tired of it, but I love this quilt! And I'm not a yellow or floral lover, usually. I think it's all the wonderful scrappy colors in that classic geometrial layout that whispers sweet nothings in my ear. Congrats on a lovely finish. It will make someone very, very happy!

mangozz said...

I really like your quilt finish today - except for the reminder that my Jacob's Ladder quilt still isn't finished, yet. I think your quilting looks pretty good too. You're way ahead of me.

*-* said...


It s such a thrill to have a completed quilt.Congrats & you are so clever to quilt it on DSM. I understand about the wrestling award.:)
It is a very pretty quilt & the yellow is such a great foil. I love the wee birds on the reverse side, someone will enjoy your wonderful work.
Kay.

---"Love" said...

That's another beautiful quilt made by you! I love the backing fabric too, and your quilting looks great to me! Wish I could do that well! ---"Love"

Vivian said...

Congrats on finishing your Florabunda and I really liked the quilting motif you chose! Like many I wasn't a fan of yellow until I made mine --- now can't wait to do another "yellow forward" quilt. If you don't love it by passing it forward it will find its way to a good home.

Anonymous said...

I like it. The yellow background is especially nice, and worth waiting for the pieces. I remember when I didn't have enough variety of fabrics to make a scrap quilt.LOL. Certainly not a problem these days.

Ellen said...

Wow...that one is definitely an oldie but goody. Congratulations on winning the wrestling match and getting it finished. :) I also like to make smaller sized quilts for charity.

Cathy said...

Gorgeous quilt! I love Jacob’s Ladder quilts and you’ve done a monumental job!

Ella said...

Love the finish. It was worth the wait! Thank you for participating on behalf of the 2017 FAL crew!