Fun and FINALLY Done!

K8OrlandoOctober 13, 2012

The Fun & Done (quilt as you go) picnic quilt is finally done. These things are supposed to be quick and easy but I started this one 2 years ago. I'll never do another. I got bored with the QAYG squares and abandoned them, just adding a large quilted border to get it to the size I wanted. I have to admit, as much as I didn't like the method, I ended up really liking the quilt! I'm calling it "Magic Carpet".

It had it's successful debut this evening at an outdoor jazz/blues fest at our local botanical garden (Leu Gardens).

Kate

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grammyp

Great pic! Is that your yard? I wanna come visit.

beverly

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 11:51PM
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K8Orlando

Not my personal yard, but I wish it was. It's Leu Gardens, a truly beautiful botanical garden in the middle of town. Come visit, Beverly, and we'll go there! They are usually only open during the day, but twice a year they open the garden at night for a jazz and blues event. We pack picnic lunches, chairs, wine, etc and get to hear great music AND walk around the gardens in the dark. It's one of my favorite Orlando things.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 12:01AM
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grammyp

Sounds like great fun. We used to do that in San Antonio. I have a worn out quilt with lots of memories in it. I'll work on DH, to get up a trip.

beverly

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 12:14AM
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vacuumfreak

Kate, I love it! Never done quilt as you go, but thought about it.... maybe not after your experience :o)

Great job nonetheless!

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 3:16AM
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geezerfolks_SharonG_FL

Great job on getting your Fun and Done done and that you like the quilt. It looks pretty laying there at the gardens.

SharonG/FL

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 8:00AM
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murphy_zone7

Love it. And so glad to see that it is being USED, as a quilt should be!

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 8:09AM
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teresa_nc7

K8, the quilt turned out beautifully! Is this going to be a picnic quilt in the future also? Lovely setting for a music fest in the park!

Teresa

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 8:57AM
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msmeow

Kate, congrats on finishing it! It looks great. I bought a Fun & Done pattern at the Jax quilt show. Did you get their special template for trimming?

I've lived in Orlando over 30 years and we've never been to Leu Gardens! I'll have to bug Mark to take me sometime soon.

Donna

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 8:59AM
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magothyrivergirl

Lovely! Did you add the border in the same QAYG method?
I am at the border stage on my 4 year old QAYG --- well....I also have to handstitch the backs of all the blocks --- it's never going to get done!

The gardens are georgeous. Looks like the perfect setting to enjoy the evening! Beautiful couple :~)

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 10:45AM
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K8Orlando

I did the border a little different: I added the top and back border fabric, then laid in the batting, then quilted it. It was a little awkward but it worked.

I didn't hand stitch anything except the backside of the binding. The blocks were sewn together, then topstitched on the top of the quilt to look like sashing.

No templates were used. I cut the backing 10.5 x 10.5 and the batting 8 x 8, then trimmed the top to match the batting after adding the strips.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 11:11AM
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littlehelen_gw

Cool...looks a perfect quilt for the setting!

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 11:32AM
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nanajayne

It may have taken 2 yr. but the results are worth it. Never have done a QAYG but have given it some thought..Guess it isn't such great idea.
Makes a great picnic quilt. The jazz fest is my type of event. Sound like a great setting.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 2:54PM
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loisflan

Kate, good for you for sticking with it and not letting it become a perpetual UFO. It looks very pretty. I wish you would post a close-up so we could get a better look at it.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 10:34PM
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K8Orlando

Lois, here are a couple close-ups:

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 6:57PM
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littlehelen_gw

Love those fabrics! How Fun are those!!:)

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 8:28PM
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beth7happy

Wow, k8 !! The best of both worlds!! :) quilt is fab!!!

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 7:20AM
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ritaweeda

Those fabrics look amazingly like a bunch of upholstery samples given to me quite a few years back. I knew a person who ran a fine furniture store, and she gave me all those samples that they were going to throw out because they were discontinued. I still have some buried up in the closet somewhere, I need to track those down and see what's left. I have used a lot of it over the years, made a couple of lap quilts.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 7:34AM
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K8Orlando

The fabric is primarily Kaffe Fassett, with a few Philip Jacobs pieces added in. I love every one of them! It's fun to watch people with the quilt because so many of them touch each block. Bright colors turn us all into children and we want to reach out to them, like a stack of pretty toys.

The birds in the 4 center blocks and the border fabric are from the Jaipur collection by Bethany Reynolds. I bought the Jaipur print and border on sale over 3 years ago but didn't know what to do with it. It seemed wild enough to stand up to the graphic, vivid prints of Fassett and Jacobs! I know it's a crazy bright quilt but I'm pleased with it. It looked at home in the tropical garden!

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 12:03PM
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loisflan

Kate, those prints are scrumptious! And how clever of you to stop with the QAYG squares and use the center and borders to get the size you wanted. It's a great quilt and how fun to use it at the jazz/blues fest. Thanks for taking the time to shoot the closeup photos.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 12:51PM
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quiltnhen

Love it! Great prints.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 10:11PM
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bev2009

It's beautiful! You're so much braver than me. After taking that much time to complete it, I don't think I could lay it on the ground. But it does go perfectly with the surroundings and I'm sure it may the evening that much more special.

Kind of reminds me of guys with their muscle cars with the hood up at drive-ins today. I can imagine the woman walking by eying and ogling your quilt. LOL

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 11:54PM
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calliope

Yes, I would reach out and touch the fabric too, Kate. It's perfect and so tropical.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 7:23AM
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