Friday, February 5, 2016

Park Bench Quilt Top Finish

I don't often celebrate the finish of just a quilt top but this one has been in the works for over a year!



When the Park Bench pattern came out, I knew it was going on my quilty bucket list.  I loved everything about the quilt that Julie Herman made for the cover of her pattern and decided I wanted mine exactly like it!  I think it is perfection as is!!   I was lucky enough to pick up the quilt kit at a ridiculous price through Craftsy at the end of 2014.



 I started the quilt in January of 2015.  At the beginning of each month, I would choose my fabrics to make two blocks.  I was in no hurry so I was really able to savor the process.



 Every month I was rewarded with two lovely block!



Soon two blocks became six...



By the Summer, my design wall was filled with these gorgeous blocks.

The blocks did sit for a month or two....



 But I did finally get them all sewn up into this wonderful quilt top!

I hope to start quilting this sometime in February.  First I want to take a refresher on Angela Walters Dot to Dot class out on Craftsy.  I love that I can go back anytime and review a course just before tackling a big custom quilt job like this one is going to be!  Stay Tuned!!



Linking Up:


Crazy Mom Quilts (Finish it up Friday)
A Quilted Passion 




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24 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

those are nice, I started some pieced hexies some time back and turned them into a sewing machine cover - love your quilt top

Gretchen Weaver said...

That is a beautiful quilt. I would be celebrating too. Blessings, Gretchen

Libby in TN said...

Beautiful! I've admired that pattern since it was first introduced. Think I need to put it on my bucket list.

Linda said...

I love seeing the progress from the start of your projects! This is stunning. :)

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Congratulations! I really like how you pieced the background; it still is not the focal point of the quilt but the variation adds nice interest. :)

Jayne said...

How beautiful this is and going to be after quilting! Sometimes taking our time on a quilt is good, I should do that more often! Great job on this, I love it!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

This is a gorgeous quilt, and I bet your quilting will add a lot to it! I really like how the background appears almost three dimensional!

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

Gorgeous quilt. Love the light silver gray used in the background. Blocks are so cheerful!

Empress Charlotte Handmades said...

Lovely! It's so nice to finish a top that's been in the works for a long time!

Susan said...

Congrats on the finish! I gave up on mine after three blocks. Probably would have stuck with it if I had had the kit. I called mine Park Bench, Sorta, using a different layout, which you can see here:
http://quiltfabrication.blogspot.com/2015/08/park-bench-sorta.html
It now hangs in my mom's room, and I love looking at the quilting!

em's scrapbag said...

It's lovely!

Lisa J. said...

Congratulations on finishing this quilt. Mine is stalled and I don't know when I'll pick it up again.

Crafty Coffin said...

Beautiful top! This one is on my list for sure (once I finish my Gravity!)

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A lovely finished top Cynthia! Just love all those soft muted colours, and I look forward to seeing how you quilt it... no pressure :)

Leanne Parsons said...

This quilt top is definitely worth linking up! It is gorgeous, and I look forward to seeing how you'll quilt it. Thanks for linking to TGIFF :)

gayle said...

Hurray hurray! I've been watching you savor this process for such a long time - looks like it was worth every moment.
Can't wait to see it after you quilt it!

vickie said...

What a stunning quilt! It is nice to take your time on something and watch it come together slowly. Have fun quilting it. I would love to see that when it is done.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful finish, I can't wait to see how you decide to quilt it!

Lara B. said...

It's great to see how your park Bench grew. They are beautiful blocks Cyndy and the way they float on the two toned background is wonderful! It's relaxing to work from a kit sometimes. Especially one as lovely as this! Can't wait to see how you do the dot to dot quilting.

Judy said...

Beautiful top, love the color combo!

Bonnie said...

You did a beautiful job on this one. Good luck with the quilting.

Jasmine said...

I love your background on this. It gives a lot of interest.

Michele said...

I like, I like and I know it is going to be even lovelier once it is all quilted.

Sandra Walker said...

Lovely lovely flimsy Cynthia! I am waiting for mine to arrive, the Gravity one of hers--got a terrific deal on MassDrop. (my first purchase there) I will be watching for when you quilt it; you know how much I adore Angela, period, but Dot to Dot is one of my favourite classes of hers. Did you see I, along with the lovely Julie of Pink Doxies, are hosting a Craftsy blog hop and you could win a free class? Pop on over if you haven't already...