This beautiful quilt was made by Eileen. It was a whole lot of piecing, but I think it was worth it. I certainly enjoyed quilting it.
This is the original quilt kit that Eileen fell in love with. The pattern is called Pansies in Paradise. It was a lap size quilt and was available as a kit. When Eileen was here visiting we got talking about making it for her queen size bed and how that would change the look of the quilt. I used my EQ7 software to draw up the layout to help visualize things. This original pattern used 12” blocks. When we put the 12” blocks into the larger quilt, some of the original feeling was lost as it got quite busy. I suggested to Eileen that she consider scaling everything up and using 15” blocks. The result has more of the feeling of the original and it would require less sewing! (30 blocks as opposed to 63!!!) Eileen bought 3 kits, but really only needed 2 1/2 to create the queen size version.
I think she made the right choice! The quilt has some breathing room, and you can appreciate all of the pansy fabrics that she was drawn to originally.
The rest of the quilting in the body of the quilt was continuous curves, curls and loops and a few straight lines. We decided that stitching in the ditch was not required in the majority of the quilt. I only used two thread colors for the entre quilt. Cream in the frames and one shade of purple everywhere else.
The two border fabrics did a good job of hiding what I quilted. At least you can check it out on the back.