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Ruby, Pearl and Opal, or Fur Elise

This one was a LONG time in the works, and I'm so glad it's finally finished!  It's Ruby, Pearl and Opal, but I'm calling it my version of Fur Elise. 


The pattern is from the Moda Bakeshop, an older one, but I always liked it.  This was my first attempt at participating in a quilting bee, and let's just say it did NOT go well.  I sent out 12 squares, and only nine came back.  To this day I have no idea where the last three went, so even though the original pattern was 4x5 blocks, mine is only 4x4.  There was some questionable sewing on the blocks that came back, too.  Even though I requested white or light neutral thread, one came back with a dark forest green...  I had to take one apart and put it back together to get it to be the proper size, too.  I can see why bees are fun, but hopefully I can get in one with some more experienced quilters next time.  Any advice there is much appreciated!  


 The quilting is a nice reasonable tight stipple with some loops mixed in.  Simple but effective!  This is a local long-armer that I enjoy working with.  She isn't comfortable doing much custom work, but she enjoys doing all-over designs and her prices are incredibly reasonable. 

Per the instructions on the site, I included some of leftover cut pieces from the layer cake (not sure which fabric line this is, although I know it's Me and My Sister) in the back, as well as the one extra block that I couldn't fit into the front. 


As to why it's Fur Elise?  Well, it's for my darling new niece, Elise Rose.  A bright quilt for a happy little baby! 

Comments

  1. Sorry you had such bad experience with your bee! But the work was worth it in the end for such a nice quilt!

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  2. I've never participated in a bee, but I think that's one of the reasons I haven't joined in yet... I'm a bit ocd with my quilting, and I'm not sure I would be comfortable with the unknown aspect. Making a quilt takes so much time and money, I really want to be HAPPY with the finished product, you know? One day I hope I'm brave enough to join a bee, since I'm sure there is a really fun aspect, but for now, I'm safe in my own sewing cave :) Lovely finish!

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  3. Die Decke ist wunderschön geworden. Ich möchte auch mal eine ähnliche nähen.
    LG Fädchen

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  4. Love your quilt !

    mvh AnneKa from Norway

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