Helene’s Birthday Quilt


By Nancy

Here it is, the quilt I made for my German host sister, Helene, for her 40th birthday!

It’s based on Blue Baskets from the March/April ’05 issue of Quiltmaker.  I changed the flower blocks from baskets to tulips because I like tulips better. You can’t really tell in the picture, but the yellow nine patch blocks are made from 5 or 6 different yellow fabrics that I had in my stash.  I also used green, red, orange, and purple fabric from my stash for the tulips.  I wasn’t sure what color I was going to make the setting triangles until I had finished all of the blocks and had them laid out on the dining room table (I have a patient family – no one bats an eye at this anymore).  I decided that white setting triangles and solid yellow binding would look best.  The only fabric I bought for the quilt was more white tone-on-tone for the background, yellow for the binding, and more of the green for the backing.  Not bad, I think!  I was helped immensely in finishing the quilt in time for our trip by Marty and Ann, who played with the boys while I machine quilted and sewed binding like crazy.  Helene was surprised and very happy with her quilt!

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