Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Breezy Blooms {Quilt Top Construction}

While my Coast to Coast Bee quilt from last year still isn't finished (oops!) I spent some time this weekend finishing up the quilt top for this year's C2C bee quilt.

Here are all of the rows together:

Unlike a lot of quilts, I knew how I wanted to finish this quilt when I decided on what I wanted to request from my bee mates. The rows would be sashed together with black solid (which is why I requested non-black backgrounds in the blocks from my bee mates) and then the large floral print would be used for the final border.

Drawing from my original post:

I decided on 1.5" strips for my sashing strips.

Not having to worry about a lot of matching between blocks and rows meant that this went from rows and strips to a sashed quilt center in no time at all!

I cut my floral fabric strips from the length of the fabric rather than the width of the fabric so that I could do slightly less piecing for the borders. This print is just so much fun! The quilt is now approximately 65" x 75", a big chunky throw.

Now the quilt top is done and now I have to start figuring how backing and how to quilt this one! Black thread? Pink thread? White thread? Decisions, decisions!

Don't forget to keep up with the Island Batik Great Outdoors blog hop! I'll be posting selected links to my fellow ambassadors' blog posts (especially those with giveaways!) each week. Make sure to check out a fun quilt and giveaway from Patterns by Jen and one from Powered by Quilting, too!

Sharing at Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday!


  1. It is so nice to have things come together so quickly! Hopefully the quilting will as well.

  2. The floral print is the perfect border and your C2C friends made beautiful rows for it!

  3. The black sashing makes the rows pop!

  4. This looks great Alison. What a fun project, and sending the floral fabric along made it all come together.

  5. What a lovely quilt! It is alive with fun colours and pretty fabric and beautifully made blocks. The black was an inspired choice for sashing and the border is perfect. It's a great souvenir, and will bring memories of quilty friends when you cuddle up in it.

  6. Such a fun and colorful quilt. Congrats on getting it to the finished flimsy stage.


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