Friday, June 19, 2015

A Day in the Country: Finished Challenge Quilt

This was such a fun quilt to make, and I really enjoyed participating in my first quilting challenge at my LQS.  We were to use at least 80% of a fat quarter of Country Girls by Tasha Noel and make something.  I went into a lot more detail of my process in my last post.

I basically fussy cut the cute pictures and surrounded them by patchwork squares in aqua, green, and navy.  I love that some are squares and some are rectangles.

I quilted it with my Tiara using a 4 inch long arm circle ruler.  It was the perfect size circle for these 3 inch finished squares.  I wanted the fussy cut shapes to stand out a little more, so I just quilted inside the squares/rectangles a quarter inch.  That made it so all my quilting was continuous.  The combination of mostly round with a little straight quilting is so cool.

The unexpected straight lines are fun even on the back.

I decided to call it "A Day in the Country" because of the fabrics used in the quilt.  I used Country Girls by Tasha Noel and Daysail by Camille Roskelley.

The binding is the navy, green, and cream stripe from Daysail.  It ties all the colors together so nicely.

The backing fabric is from Vintage Happy by Lori Holt.

The sun kept playing peek-a-boo behind the clouds while I was taking pictures.  It made for an interesting photo shoot.

Just minutes after I took the picture above, I took the picture below.

What a difference the lighting made.

Quilt Stats #141
Quilt Name:  A Day in the Country
Pattern: Patchwork with 3 inch finished squares and fussy cut pictures
Fabrics used: Country Girls, Daysail, Vintage Happy, Riley Blake Basics, and more
Amount used:  4.25 yards
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Size: About 39 x 48 inches
Date finished: May 2015
What I learned:

  • I need to remember to include more blenders and not just prints.  I had to go buy more coordinating fabrics because it was too busy.
  • Quilt challenges are fun!

I am looking forward to getting my quilt back at the end of the month so I can hang it back up in my kitchen.


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar.  Check them out to see what other quilters are making.  


  1. Oh how I love those colors together! I have been wanting to do something with those combo's but it will have to wait till winter as I have to put my energy into traditional colors for my customers. So I will just have to come back and look at yours until then, LOL

  2. Love this quilt! And your quilting is perfect!

  3. Great fabrics for this quilt. I especially LOVE the binding. Great job.

  4. The quilting you used on this quilt is so wonderful - and you are right that the combination of the circles with the straight lines is fun and visually interesting. I especially love the binding you chose for the quilt - it ties it all together so well!

  5. Great quilting pattern just using a round ruler. Compliments it really well!

  6. This is so cute love the colors and a great way to use those cute novelty fabric. Always a hard one for me. That color combo is one of my favorites!

  7. Again, I love this one! I do believe patchwork squares will always be my favorite. Your colors, backing and binding all look so great :)

  8. The quilting is perfect Jasmine. Did you use a ruler or mark the quilt? I love the way it looks on the front and the back!

  9. Very Pretty!! I love the quilting and it looks like something I might be able to do with my walking foot ... :-)

  10. Jasmine, this is a really cute quilt. I love it.
    You are very inspiring.

  11. Jasmine, this is lovely! The fussy cut adds so much, the quilting is just perfect and the binding is a fantastic finish. Very lovely quilt.

  12. This is too adorable. Love the simple quilting.
    Let me go look for that fabric line.

  13. Challenge quilts ARE fun! The chance to try new things is always exciting. It seems like you tried a number of new things during cutting, piecing, AND quilting on this one - all successfully, too! I love the photo of it hanging on the wooden railing outside. The wood sets off the quilt perfectly!

  14. I must say, if I didn't already, that I really like your hanging rod in your dining room, and that you frequently change out quilts there (my fave is still the Valentine feathers one, love). Note to self: show my husband, and then make quilts of a similar size so I can do this too! this Day in the Country is so sweet and summery fresh. I love the fussy-cutting you did and that circle ruler is cool...I've just done a swoop-dee-swoop FMQ from point to point which doesn't give it the nice even circles that you have. What do you win if you win?!

  15. Your quilt is so pretty! I love simple patchwork like that, but the addition of the fussy cutting makes it so sweet!

  16. Very pretty. I like the fabrics you chose, especially those sweet fussy cut little girls!

  17. What a great finish, Jasmine! I just love the quilting and the fabrics you chose play so well together and that binding really does just tie the entire quilt together! Way to go! How did you find working with the circular ruler? I don't have one and have been looking at them. . . should I buy some? ;)

  18. This is such a cute quilt Jasmine! The quilting you did looks perfect for the design. That is a good tip about remembering to include more blenders. So many fabric lines thee days are big on charming prints, but it definitely can end up too busy. You struck the perfect balance here.

  19. little strawberry shortcake girls. Is it wrong to like the binding best? LeeAnna

  20. I use to love strawberry shortcake!!! ANd yes, your quilting is awesome!! It looks great hanging in it's new home....your house full of boys can use a little strawberry shortcake anyways! LOL!

  21. I LOVE IT!! I am a square kinda girl and I just love the squares. nice!

  22. The quilting was exactly the perfect choice for this quilt. I don't think I would have thought of it but I'll definitely try it in one my future quilts. Great work!!

  23. Your fabric choices are perfect - each one seems to compliment the others and appear as though they were made for each other. And I love the quilting!


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