Friday, October 10, 2014

Burgoyne Surrounded

Hi all! Doing the happy dance again here today, because Burgoyne Surrounded is finally a finished top! She was very temperamental, though, and didn't want her picture taken, so she looks better in person than in pictures.


I am so happy with this quilt!


This quilt looks really complicated, but it isn't. It's mostly 9-patches and 4-patches. If you could strip piece everything instead of using little pieces like I did, you could seriously knock this out in no time. And if you have 1 1/2 inch scrap strips already cut, you are halfway there already. Almost all of the colorful pieces in this quilt are 1 1/2 inches, except for the center block squares, which are 2 1/2 inches.


I did not use a single overall pattern for this quilt, but did use several different resources. I can't really recommend the book I showed last time. It's not bad, but it is better for people who have previously made the same quilt. Eleanor Burns's book was very helpful for the main block, and then I paged through several other books from the library for setting and finishing options. There are several options, so it's worth looking at different books.


My quilt ended up at about 85 by 85, with 16 blocks, each of which finished at 15 inches, plus the sashing and borders. All of the solids were scraps, with the largest pieces in the stash being 10 inch squares. I would guess there were about 3 yards of scraps, plus 5 1/2 yards of one white fabric. You could do it with scrap neutrals, too, if you had pieces big enough. I also think it would look great on a black background.


I almost never make the same quilt twice, but I would totally make this again. Wouldn't it be great in just two colors, as it's traditionally made? I'm putting a blue and white one on the list. It will be a little while, though. I need to recover!

Of course, I also worked in a few minutes for a couple of rainbow scrap blocks:


I was skeptical, but I think they'll fit right in!

Everybody have a great weekend! We will be celebrating our anniversary with dinner out. Plus, the hubs brought pizza home on Thursday, which was our actual anniversary, so I got out of cooking twice. Best husband ever!

Linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict, crazy mom quilts, and SoScrappy. Stop by and say hi!

14 comments:

  1. Wow, this quilt is great - really pretty. Great job!

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  2. I love this quilt. It is stunning. Very pretty blocks.

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  3. WOW! It turned out fabulous!! Can't wait to see it all quilted up!!

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  4. Must have been fun if you are willing to make it again! Great finish . . .

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  5. Mari, I love this! So worth all of your work. Are you going to quilt it or have it done? It turned out fantastic.

    Plus two dinners out? What a week!

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  6. Love this quilt! It is so pretty and can't wait to see how you quilt it!

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  7. I used Eleanor's book years ago to make this quilt. It was gifted long ago and I had actually forgotten about it. Love it in the solids and bright colors! I agree it is a fun one to piece.

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  8. It is spectacular and at 85 square, could easily fit my king bed... if you get tired of it, send it my way! Ha as if! Great now I want to make that one too. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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  9. Fabulous finish! So striking is solids, and the constant background fabric makes it look so officially planned, despite all the beautiful colors. So glad you gave brown a try. I think they look great.

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  10. Really love that Burgoyne Beauty, and all the pictures. Cute little brown blocks too.

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  11. Burogoyne Surrounded turned out beautifully! Congrats on getting it all pieced.

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  12. Amazing!!! You did great! It's such a happy quilt! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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  13. Oh Mari!!! This is so sparklingly beautiful! Love all those happy colours popping against that white background. Such a great use of all those solid scraps! Bravo!

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