Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Frost Bank Mini Quilt

I told you there were a lot of things going on this month. After I finished the Cascading quilt pattern, I've been sewing non-stop (between getting the dishwasher repaired and taking the bird to the emergency vet). I so hoped to get a block put together for the QuiltCon challenge, but I came up with something complicated. Then I had some sewing machine trouble and wasn't going to make it to the post office in time. I guess I could have gotten FedEx involved, but there was an Austin Modern Quilt Guild happy hour to attend ;-)

Anyway, there's this great building in downtown Austin occupied by Frost Bank and lots of other companies. Mr. Pins currently gets his work on in this building. It used to dominate the Austin skyline when I moved here in 2006, but there's been lots of development downtown since then. Regardless, I'm still partial to it. 

I crafted up a paper piecing template and just winged my way through this whole block assembly endeavor. Yikes.

Not everything lined up perfectly, but I can certainly live with it. I think blowing up the pattern bigger would make everything a little easier to work with. 

Ultimately, I just pieced the block into a background of charcoal and made it into a mini quilt. I didn't know what to do about the quilting, but I settled on some echoing, stitching in the ditch, and vertical lines. 

Quilty Stats:
Pre-wash dimensions: 18" x 23.5"
Post-wash dimensions: No washing for this mini quilt. There are some questionably small seam allowances.
Batting: Not sure. 1/4" batting.
Front Fabric: Moda Bella Solids in Egg Blue, Turquoise, Caribbean, and Charcoal
Back Fabric: Moda Bella Solid in Charcoal
Binding: Moda Bella Solid in Charcoal
Quilting: Straight line with walking foot on the Bernina 1630.

I've got two other quilts approaching the finish line along with a couple of blocks. I'm coming off of another productive weekend at the Wimberley Quilt Ranch, but I'm taking a trip out of town, and I'm told I have to have a birthday before the month is out. I can't wait to share these finished projects soon!

Happy Crafting!


  1. Omg. I love it. This is fabulous. Though I'm partial to Austin, you might have some paper piecing talent hidden in there. ;)

  2. How clever!!! I love the color you chose and next time I am in Austin, I will have to look for this building.

  3. My favorite building downtown! You really captured the colors of the building with the various shades. Love love love!

    1. Yay :-) Thanks so much! I was really taken by all of the blues in the QuiltCon challenge color palette. You can't go wrong ;-)

  4. Looks great and I love the quilting!