Monday, April 20, 2020

Frolic on Design Wall Monday--4/20/20

All of the blocks for my version of Bonnie Hunter's 2019 mystery quilt "Frolic" have been hanging around on the design wall for almost a month. Over the weekend I decided it was time to start joining them together. Here's what has been on the wall since late March. The bottom row is cut off a bit by a table in front of the design wall.

As I got started sewing the parts of one lower corner together, I realized that one reason I've been avoiding joining these blocks was that I am not happy with the size my quilt is ending up. Bonnie's original design was for a quilt that finished at 82" x 82". I made a little over half as many parts, and my quilt as shown would finish at around 57" square before borders--not the most useful size for a quilt. I decided it was time to bite the bullet and make some more blocks, a task I've been avoiding, but I know I will be happier with the end result. I'm going to change the quilt from a square into a rectangle, with my estimated size being 57" x 75" before borders.

Because I have a very limited selection of pale aqua fabrics, I am going to turn four of the half blocks shown around the outer edges of the quilt into whole blocks, plus make one new whole block. I will also make six new half blocks to surround the center, repeating the fabrics from other half blocks. I spent a large portion of the weekend digging out the right fabrics and cutting pieces, then did a little sewing. The first couple of new half blocks are completed!

There are many more parts left to make for this quilt because of my change in plans, but I know I will be happier with the final product. The extra time and work will definitely be worth it in the long run.

Linking up with:
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
BOMs Away at What a Hoot Quilts
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts
Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA


  1. this is coming together beautifully--nice colorway you've chosen...
    ~ ~ ~ waving from under gray skies Julierose ;)))

  2. Wow...gorgeous! All that piecing in Bonnie Hunter designs is a real challenge when it comes to putting blocks together and making rows. Love your idea to change the size.

  3. Love your color selection. It really is amazing.
    Good for you to adapt the quilt to a size you need.

  4. ooo, Julie - this is so pretty! Sounds like a good adaptation plan. The end result is going to be well worth the fiddling and the work put in.. :)

  5. Well, your version of this quilt looks amazing so far. I think the extra time involved in making it a useful size for you will be well worth it.

  6. Love your version of Frolic! The yellow really makes it sparkle Making more blocks isn't fun, they do take a fair bit of construction. But you'll be glad you did. Good luck!

  7. I so relate to many of your thoughts on this quilt. Mine hung on the design wall forever too. I just finished sewing all the pieces together this week, and my first thought was that I had messed up. I didn't remember that this was a square quilt. I would have preferred oblong, but after sewing all those seams and matching all the intersections, it is staying how it is!

  8. Yes, most times it is worth the extra time and effort to change it. You'll be so happy you did. And it's looking fabulous!

  9. It'll definitely be worth the extra effort to have a quilt you can use. Looking great!

  10. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet! It will be worth it! Really like the colors of your version!

  11. Oh it is so pretty tho - and you will use it so much more at that size! LOVE your color palette!!

  12. It is really beautiful and definitely worth the extra effort.

  13. It’s looking wonderful. Love your colors, i actually finished mine earlier this month


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