Warning! This post contains MANY photos!
A few months back I noticed that there was a Spell it with Moda quilt-along, and after I saw the third letter I was ready to jump in with both feet. My Instagram feed provided loads of inspiration. I didn't start until after all of the letters were released, but I had been thinking about my stash of 30's reproductions and knew that's what I'd be using. I chose the old-fashioned Baptist fan quilting pattern in keeping with the era of the fabrics.
My finished quilt is 71" wide x 100" inches long. I made the blocks in order and had so much fun. After I chose the fabrics for my letter A, I kind of became a little obsessed with going through my stash and challenging myself to come up with something to fit each letter. I also decided to make way more filler blocks than what the pattern called for. It should fit a twin bed with plenty of room to hang down the sides.
What's to talk about?
A is for Anchor's Aweigh, B is for blue and blossoms and boat!
C is for cherries, circles, and churn dash. D is for daisies and dogs.
E is for Eggplant, and economy block. F is Fluorescent.
F is also for flying geese. G is for goose and Granny square.
H is for Hourglass and happy children.
I is for Irish Chain.
J is for Japanese. K is for Kitties.
L is for Little Bo Peep, Queen Anne's Lace, and Log Cabin.
M is for Maraschino cherries and Maple leaf.
N is for nursery rhymes and Northern Lights.
O is for Ohio Star.
P is for Pinwheel, purple, pansies, plaid, and polka dots.
And... here's where it starts to fall apart. I got tired. Q? well, the whole thing is a quilt!
R is difficult to see, but it's retro.
S is for strawberries and schoolhouse.
T is for Turquoise. U is for umbrella.
V is a variation of a star. Lame, I know.
Wait! I perked back up for W. Waterwheel and windmills.
X. This block gave me such a hard time. The black fabric was wonky, and I tore it apart three times before finally getting it right. And then what??? The quilting on it looks horrible. I was so disappointed when I saw this. It was the very first thing my eyes went to. Well, I guess X marks the spot. And not in a good way.
Y. I've got nothing but a bunch of hexagons. By this point I was ready to be done.
Y & Z. Zinnias maybe?
As tired as I was of thinking abut the letters, I was excited over this adorable mini- elephant binding. I finished hand-stitching it just last night.
This is one of my favorite quilts yet.
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