my Penny Sampler

I'm a little giddy this morning because my design wall is naked!  All year long my Penny Sampler has been filling up that wall, growing more and more detailed as the months went by.  It feels great to have the quilt top finally complete.  Hurray! 

This quilt is too big to hand-hold for a full shot, and we were late to meet some friends at the lake, so these quickies will have to do for now.  When she's quilted I'll get proper full-size photos using our quilt-holder contraption

Quilting?  Yikes.  I think I'm going to take a week or two off before tackling this one.  Last time I finished a Penny Sampler I used a combo of hand quilting and hand tying.  This time I'd like to machine quilt around many of the motifs for emphasis.  Not sure how well that will go on a home machine!


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One of my last contributions to the finished quilt top was the Flower Pot block.  I used a Carolyn Friedlander blue background and fussy cut a favorite diamond print fabric to make the pot's diamonds extra special.  This paper pieced block is very detailed and rather time consuming.  I tell my students that when you finish it you'll know you can paper piece anything!

Ok, I think I'm going to tackle my table now.  It's covered with Penny Sampler fabrics and scraps ready to be put away now that this piecing journey is complete.  Time to tidy up in preparation for an exciting new fabric challenge to be announced soon!