Sunday, 5 February 2017

Meadow Mystery Top Plus Done

On Thursday, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs released the quilt top assembly instructions for the Meadow Mystery Quilt, I had all my blocks finished and quickly got to work putting the top together.

meadow mystery top as per the instructions
The top at this stage was 60 1/2'' square. Perfect for my daughter but not for my taller SIL, I needed to make it longer but I really didn't want it much wider. I also had to be cautious of the amount of fabric I had left.

I used my graphics program to help audition some ideas. I decided on a square in a square which were also used as part of the original pattern.

graphic drawing and quilty math

My daughters' favourite colour is blue and I wanted to bring more of the light blue out from the center. Framing the whole piece with the darker blue and using it for the outer pieces of the squares in a square would leave just enough for the flange binding. 

paper piecing pattern for the center extension

I wanted to extend the white part of the top so it looked like it was part of the original design. I made the dark blue borders 2 1/2'' wide and added the white extension. I wasn't sure how my idea was going to look but there was only one way to find out. Make it. I drew up a quick paper piecing pattern for the extension.

dark blue border with center extension
I like how the white looks, extended into the outer border. Next up making 30 square in a square blocks, they were 4'' finished. With the inner border and the square in a square blocks and then a final dark blue border added 16'' to the length. Perfect!

top complete

Next up getting some backing material and then the big question, how to quilt it. I have a couple ideas floating around.

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19 comments :

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

What a beautiful way to extend the size of the quilt top! It looks wonderful, and now I'm itching to find time to put my top together.

Gina said...

I love how you've extended the quilt. I prefer this version to the original xx

Tish Stemple said...

I love your additions to the quilt. Making that white extent into a point into the borders was a genius idea and really complements Cheryl's design. Congrats on getting your top together.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I love it. I wanted to make mine larger, but didn't have enough fabric -- only enough for the binding. Now to decide on quilting.

Vicki in MN said...

The perfect way to make a quilt longer but not wider, fabulous quilt! Love love love the colors!

Lisa J. said...

It looks fabulous !

Liz Horgan said...

Wow! Your quilt looks great! I prefer a rectangle quilt to square. Mine will be a wedding gift and I might use your idea--if that's ok. I have to see how much fabric I have left also. I hope you share your quilting ideas too!

Rosa said...

It's stunning.I play along and will add borders to my.

Jayne said...

Great idea on extending your quilt! It is such a gorgeous design, especially in those colors!

Victoria said...

Lovely, and a wonderful explanation of process.

Susan said...

Love the color combo you used in this! And a great idea on how to make it longer - well done! Thanks for sharing this beauty on Midweek Makers

Melanie said...

Great idea and designing skill! Love the vibe your longer quilt gives of. Your addition is working well with the original design. Congrats! Have fun with coming up with quilting ideas :)

Ioleen Kimmel said...

Love how you made this longer. Great idea.

Georgi said...

Gorgeous quilt ~ Thanks for the inspiration for creating different sizes!

Zafira Vaxevanidou said...

Awesome quilt, awesome design! I am really curious to see the finished quilt. Thank you for sharing!

Leanne Parsons said...

Beautiful! Cheryl's design is great and your extension of it is perfect.

barbaradougherty126 said...

wow, I may have to "borrow" your idea for the borders. I would like a little larger quilt and am thinking about borders. :) Wonderful

Brandy Pettit said...

It looks really great with the extra borders, thanks for sharing.

~Brandy

Sandra Walker said...

Oh Cindy I just love what you did with this! Extending the white into the border was ingenious. :-) Wonder if the agonizing, er experience you got last summer in our round robin helped you?! It is just beautiful and I know your SIL will love it. Ha, I bet they BOTH love and use it!