How happy I was to wake up to blue skies and sunshine for picture taking this morning! An overnight rain precluded me from venturing outside but my indoor location (guest room floor) did just fine.
I am unclear about the exact start date for my Minnesota Hot Dish quilt. I'm pretty sure I bought a bundle of fabrics to get me started and I remember shopping for some blue & yellow florals to add to the mix. When I picked this UFO up again last summer the center part of the quilt was completely pieced as were the piano key borders so it was just a matter of choosing the inner border/cornerstone fabric and finishing up the borders.
Stitch by Stitch Machine Quilting to work her magic and she delivered in spades. After a phone conversation to discuss ideas she went right to work. I am in love with the swirls on the main section of this quilt!
The quilting on the borders is so lovely... the feathers and the loopy swirls are just perfect for this quilt. I'm so glad I was able to capture the quilting in my photos. I decided to repeat the inner border/cornerstone print on the binding as you can see. Thanks again Kathy for making my quilt a true work of art!
The pattern is called Minnesota Chain from the book Minnesota Hot Dish by Atkinson Designs. There are 3 patterns in this book based upon using value differently when constructing the blocks. The more traditional pattern reverses the placement that I used but I really like having the chains be the dominant part of the quilt. I would love to make this pattern again one day. The book has one made up in 30's fabrics which is just charming!
I'm linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday@My Quilt Infatuation, TGIFF@Quokka Quilts, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop@Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Link A Finish Friday@Richard and Tanya Quilts and Finish it Friday@Crazy Mom Quilts.