Rocqua Rhythm: Done :)

I love how this quilt turned out…so cheerful and fun.  It shrunk A LOT in the wash–a whole 5 inches!  With all the quilting it is a bit stiff, but that’s fine with me because I absolutely love it!

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Front

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Back

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Rocqua: Labeled

Sometimes the hardest part of finishing a project is getting started with the finishing touches.  That’s where I’ve been with the Rocqua Rythm quilt.  It was waiting patiently for me to sew the binding.  I determined that yesterday was going to be the day that I got started.

Much to my surprise I started and finished all within 4 hours!  I must be getting faster at hand sewing, because at a 65″ square it surely isn’t a small quilt.

Anyway, this morning I put the label on, and as I type this it is getting washed.  Not sure if I’ll have pictures up today, because the light is bad—it’s been pouring for the last 9 hours and I think it’s supposed to rain all day.  So until I get some photos up, I hope this tides you over.

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Apple Binding

7 1/2 hours and 25 filled bobbins later (that is not a typo…it took 25 bobbins to finish this quilt!!!), I finished quilting the Rocqua Rhythm quilt.  As I mentioned here, my stippling is getting tighter, and it keeps getting tighter.  I certainly need to figure out a way to go bigger with my quilting.  I hope I can prove the lady in my local quilt shop wrong when she said “once you go small you can never go back.”

Even though it took me a very long time to quilt, I do love how it turned out.

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Anyway, now it’s on to the binding.  I now have the binding attached to the front, and now I need to hand stitch the binding to the back.  I haven’t had a whole lot of motivation to do this (perhaps because it took so long to quilt), but hopefully I can get the binding done soon, because I absolutely love this quilt!

Rocqua Rhythm Sandwich

And now for the Rocqua Rhythm sandwich.  It’s pin basted and ready to quilt.  But there is no time to quilt this weekend since today is my little princess’ 4th birthday, and we have a weekend of birthday festivities.

This quilt is pretty big measuring in at a 65″ square, so I’m guessing it will take me quite some to quilt this one.

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Rocqua Rhythm Back

One unexpected surprise from our new earlier mornings since Ethan started kindergarten is that Ellie, who was once phasing naps out, definitely needs a midday rest.  What does all this mean?  I have found that I now have 1 to 2 hours of time during the day all to myself!  And guess what I decided to do with that time?  Quilt…shocking I know!

On Wednesday I had the creative itch during this new found time, and I sewed up the back for the Rocqua Rhythm quilt.  I designed the back, and I just love it!  It’s kind of a large modified log cabin.  When I originally bought fabric for the back my intention was to just use the turquoise and the white with pink flowers.  After I finished the top and laid out the backing fabric, I felt the back needed some more punch and pizazz.  So, I played around with the leftover fabrics from the quilt top and the turquoise and white with pink flowers until I found an arrangement I liked.  I really do love how it turned out…in fact, I like the back as much as the front!

The binding is going to be the apples from the quilt top.

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Rocqua Rhythm Quilt Top

I got my Rocqua Rhythm quilt top done today.  The fabric is Farmer’s Market by Sandi Henderson for Michael Miller, and the pattern is Cubic Rhythm from the Spring 2009 issue of Quilts and More.

It’s bright and cheery, although I do wish that I had made 3 blocks of the cherries and put those on the diagonal…note to self, need to get a design wall set up.  I still think it looks great and is the type of quilt to put a smile on your face.  Now I just need to piece the backing and I will put this one in the cue to get quilted.

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Rocqua Rhythm Blocks

I got my Sandi Henderson Farmer’s Market fabric cut and organized on Monday, and while it rained outside today, I sewed up the blocks:

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Block 1

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Block 2

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Block 3

Now I need to sew the blocks together and sew the borders on.