Cheerio! {a finished quilt}

Anna Maria Horner’s Field Study was the first AMH collection I ever purchased.  I’d never seen her fabric in person and I ordered it online.  When it arrived, I was amazed by the beauty and color.  I loved it.  I chose a pattern and cut all my fabric before making a test block…. only to hate the pattern.  My beautiful stack of fabric went in a bag because it was all cut up and I didn’t know what to do with it.

A few years later I saw the Cheerio pattern in Love Patchwork & Quilting and was happy to discover that the fabric requirement was exactly the size my old Field Study prints were cut to.  I pulled them out and had my girls help me go through my solid scraps and pair them all up.  The exercise in choosing fabrics was fun for all of us and the quilt top came together quickly.

Unfortunately, I often finish a quilt top and let it hang in the closet for a while, either because I don’t have time/interest in quilting it myself or because I’m not ready to pay for longarm quilting.  Such was the case with this top, and it hung for more than a year until I finally gave it to Nicole Christoffersen and had her quilt it for me.  I’m so happy that it’s done, for it’s full of color and I’m glad to have a quilt with these favorite prints instead of a stack of unwisely cut squares.

I was lucky enough to score some yardage for a backing, and a black and white stripe binding frames it all beautifully!

All of a  sudden what’s old and forgotten is new and beautiful again.  We’ve got a beautiful “new” quilt to use and a neglected project is completed.  I love these prints!

Size:  approx 68″ x 77″ Pattern:  Cheerio by Thimbleblossoms Fabrics:  Field Study by Anna Maria Horner, with a few other prints thrown in, solids from my stash

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