Fair warning - today's post is VERY picture heavy - but it's because I love this quilt so much!! Actually it's only a top at this point - I've got too many projects with deadlines to take the time to quilt it right now - but I'm hoping to get it quilted within the month so I can enter it in a local quilt show in the fall. So without further ado, here's my version of Jen Kingwell's Long Time Gone quilt!
Y'all, I have to say - this is my favorite. quilt. ever.
There are bits and pieces of so many scraps from earlier quilts...
...pieced into a wonderful variety of blocks, guaranteed to keep you from getting bored!
I learned so much from this quilt - not the least being the importance of a scant 1/4 inch!
I used Essex linen in a natural color as the sashing and the solid part of the checkerboard joining sections - I love the texture it gives to the quilt, plus the color is the perfect foil for the brightly colored blocks.
And in these two pictures, you can see some of the pineapple blocks I agonized over - I really appreciate the opportunity this pattern gave me to stretch and learn a new skill. I now feel more comfortable with paper piecing and very proud of myself for sticking with it to make all sixteen pineapple blocks!
And here's one final shot, just because it's pretty!
This was an awesome journey, a fun quilt to make, and it really ate through my scraps. I can't think of a better design to use to reduce your scrap level - - - at least, until I give Gypsy Wife a try! But that will have to be after I get some other things finished...... LOL!
I hope you've enjoyed this Long Time Gone journey as much as I have. If you're working on one, I hope you'll link up and show off what you're doing - or anything else scrappy you're working on!