I knew that it was time to finish my Magnolia Mystery quilt, but until I sat down to write this post, I didn’t realize that I finished Cheryl’s (Meadow Mist Designs) Magnolia Mystery Quilt in January. In May I ordered and received backing fabric, and this week I had time to finish it.
Earlier this year, my oldest niece told me her favorite color was “purple and pink” (she used to say “black – because it’s all the colors”), and I knew that I would be finishing this quilt for her. After showing my brother the quilt, he thinks it will make a great 5th birthday present for her in September, so now I just have to be patient and not send it off too soon!
Earlier this week, Carole from Fresh Off the Frame published a great post about edge to edge quilting motifs called Quilting Matters. I have to admit that one of the reasons I held off on finishing this quilt is that I knew how I wanted to quilt it, but at the same time, I felt like the quilt and design probably deserved more. The fact is that the quilting is perfect for my niece and moving a WIP to a finish without letting it become a UFO is a great feeling.
I quilted a large swirl flower motif in rows across the quilt using 50wt Aurifil 4225 (Eggplant). The pieced quilt top measured 60″ x 67″. After quilting it measured 58 1/2″ x 65″, and after first wash it measures 55″ x 61″. To stick with the pink and purple theme, I used Quilter’s Dream Dream Pink batting!
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