My Any Old Left Over Block Quilt is back from the machine quilter and bound. I love it. When I gathered up the blocks I wasn't sure how it would come together but I think it works.
I named my quilt Any Old Left Over Block Quilt because that is what I was thinking when I gathered up the blocks and tried to make a cohesive unit. They were all just any old left over blocks and "old maids".
The name came from a recipe in a cookbook I was given as a new bride (way back in 1979). You can find the recipe here. It is called Any Old Bottle Fruit Cake. Quite different from traditional fruit cake and quite tasty. I guess the cake concept comes from using up bottled fruit that might not be as pretty and fresh as when placed in the bottles. I think I was afraid my Any Old Block Quilt wouldn't be as fresh and pretty as a planned quilt. But I don't think that is the case.
I used the new extra wide Robert Kaufman quilt back fabric. I really like it and it makes the back modernize the "old blocks". I first found out about this modern quilt back fabric from Katie's blog post. The fabric comes in great colors. I like all the colors except the black. I'm afraid machine quilting with light thread might show up too bold and contrast with the white circles on black.
The blocks bring back great memories from trial blocks, pattern proofing, and cute little left-overs. I can't decide where this quilt will live. I think it is too cute to fold and put on a shelf.
The border fabric was a fabric I've been hoarding. I took the machine quilting pattern from the bows in the border and had bows quilted edge-to-edge.