I hauled booty to get Grape Crush finished for the Seattle Modern Quilting Guild’s July Exhibit at Island Quilter.

The top came together rather quickly. Selecting the fabric for the back and finding the time for a marathon quilting session with Sandie was a different story. End of the school year activities and a 40-hour work week are cutting into my sewing time.

Sleep and a clean house are obviously over-rated.

I know you will all be in shock to know I picked an Alexander Henry fabric for the backing.

The crew at Pink Chalk Fabrics continue their legacy of superior customer service! They sent me swatches of each colorway of the Virgencitas so I could color match them to the front.

I went with natural. The four large blocks on the front are brought to size with Alexander Henry Heath in Lavender. Heath has certainly become my go-to ‘almost solid.’  I love the texture it adds.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure I liked the quilting. It’s hard to see on the long arm how things are progressing. On my home machine I often will hang the quilt to see if I’m liking what’s happening. With it loaded on the long arm you can’t get that distance… you just have to go with it.

Out of the wash it came and I can’t admire its crinkly goodness enough!

Grape Crush has already had some couch time, and I couldn’t help but smile this morning when I picked it up off the livudio floor. Quilts are meant to be used and loved.

Finished just in time to get on our bikes to go watch Eurocup and drink beer on a sunny afternoon on my day off. Yeah!

If you wanted to make your own version follow the directions in Quilting Modern for modern crazy piecing and insert the crazy pieced blocks into the design of the Tunnel Vision Quilt which is in the Log Cabin chapter.  Go square or rectangular.

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Wanna come learn about the use of value in your quilts next Saturday? I’ve got a class on the books.

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