The Diet Quilt

You read that right, not “the quilt diet”–a “diet” from buying fabric– but The Diet Quilt, the name of my latest finish.  I originally called it “Eat Your Peas and Carrots”, but my long-arm quilter, also my business partner, dubbed it The Diet Quilt while it was on her quilting machine being meticulously custom quilted…

The blocks follow the pattern Strawberry Fields (from the book Material Obsession), made from a fat quarter bundle of Kyle’s Marketplace by RJR Fabrics (gifted to me by my Mom). However, the border design is all my own, utilizing the Very Hungry Caterpillar stripe, carefully fussy-cut, and pieced to include the small blue stripes that look like a tiny sashing detail.

I finished this top two years ago, and the quilting is SO WORTH THE WAIT!  Love the irregular sized swirl background, the detail around the food in the border, and on the sashing squares and triangles–methinks I need to take better photos!

The backing fabric is a Mary Englebreit cherry print, the binding green quilters linen…

…and because, as usual, I didn’t buy enough backing fabric, their are leftover prints from the front used to complete the back!  However, it’s a happy accident–this is one of my favorite quilt backs, ever!

I’m keeping this one for me (why not, Tuesday is my birthday, after all!).  Maybe if I have it out on display, it will remind me to stick to a healthy diet!  I think The Diet Quilt is soon to become my favorite.

Do you have a favorite quilt you’ve made?  Did you keep it for yourself?