TGIFF – Broken Herringbone Finish

Now, may I present the grand debut of my first broken herringbone quilt! What more is there to say really?
To recap:
1. Once upon a time Anne at Play-Crafts made a broken herringbone tutorial inspired by Violet Crafts Madrona Road. Ironically, Madrona Road was the first designer fabric I knowingly bought.
2. I somehow found said tutorial, and asked my Rainbow Bee mates to make this block for me in February.
3. Then there was The Curse of the Rose fiasco.
4. I started writing design ditty enquiries and the whole Internet blew up.
5. Then I completely changed my mind.
6. Oh, and remember last week when I finished the quilt top and the Internet blew up. Yes, again. (Molli Sparkles: Internet Slayer)
7. That brings us to this week, when this herringbone business is done and dusted!
8. Until next week, when version two is complete. We’ll discuss learnings then.
9. Pictures, anyone? No, I couldn’t possibly. Okay, maybe just a few, but make it quick, I’ve got a Sparkle Ball to get to.

Random Placement, Patterned Direction won this round.

This might become my new computer wallpaper.

See those two little notches in the binding? They originally referenced the herringbone design, but good heavens Martha, I love them no matter what they’re referencing! A new #mollisparklesapproved feature?!

I went with green on the back to protect against grass stains in the park. I’ve left the label blank so the parents can fill in the name and year on the white strips with their own fabric marker. 

And the block I made. Yes, I do love this.
Some quick quilt facts:
Size: 44″ square
Blocks: eight by bee mates, the pink one by Molli Sparkles
Sashing size: 2.25″ finished
Quilting: outline quilting with Aurifil
Binding: machine/hand stitched
Backing: green Denyse Schmidt to protect against grass stains
Label: portion of a herringbone block on back
Favourite Part: the two white notches in the binding
Thanks to Quokka Quilts and Quilt Matters for letting me host this week’s TGIFF!


43 Responses

  1. Taryn says:

    LOVE! Brilliant colors and I adore the notches in the binding. Smart move on the grass stain protection! Grass stains are no joke (an experience I wish I didn't have lol!).

  2. Paula says:

    Wow, just wow. I love it all. The notches in the binding were the first thing I noticed, and thought how perfect. Love the green backing, I'm going to have to steal that idea for my next garden/picnic quilt. And I love the label. Fabulous job. Now get thee to that Sparkle Ball and enjoy!

  3. Kelly says:

    LOVE!!!! – think the CAPS say it all 😉

  4. Vera says:

    It's cool. OK, I love the notches but I'm looking forward to see No.2 (hoping there will be no random placement, lol).

  5. Julie says:

    Molli – awesome!! Love the way this turned out 🙂

  6. Trudie says:

    Quite marvelous! I would only imagine that the next installment will be equally as marvelous.

  7. Anne says:

    SO awesome! You know I love it! And those notches and the label on the back are so flippin' fabulous!!

  8. I like the idea of the little spot on the back at the bottom to write something. I usually sign my quilts but sometimes it's hard to see. This is a simple fix for that!

    Do you sign your quilts? They're going to wonder who we are when they're hanging in a museum after all.

  9. The O's says:

    Looks Fab (as your work always does). LOVE the notches in the binding and the label on the back. I finished something this week, if I can get a pic or 7 I will link it up!

  10. Jane S. says:

    SO cool! I just love everything about it. 🙂

  11. JB says:

    Gorgeous! It's so vivid, I love it. Wish I was anywhere near a finish and could link up!

  12. Because you asked so nicely, I got my shizzle together and blogged for the first time in over a month.

    Love the broken rainbow. I'd pinned the tutorial for this ages ago but seeing your pretties makes me want to drop everything I need to finish and start working on one yesterday.

  13. MsMidge says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! You may even convince me to make more of those damn blocks!

  14. Sooli says:

    Such a bright and happy quilt – but then its a rainbow and if a rainbow doesn't scream bright and happy its not doing its job! Nice one. (Don't lose your glass slipper at the ball Sparklerella!)

  15. Yay!!! Hooraayyy!!! it's finished for TGIFF today!!! (You're not the only poet around here 😉
    Does 'finished migrating my blog' count as a finish??? over at – yes the design is crap still, any themes advice from the Master?!

  16. How many ways can I say awesome?! Happy, happy, sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows.

  17. Makes me feel like I am walking on sunshine….very beautiful and happy and so, so cool, just like you Ms Sparkle! xx

  18. I literally just learned about this block today – how crazy to see it all beautifully done up in a rainbow finish here! Gorgeous dahling, simply gorgeous!

  19. Kelly Young says:

    What a fantastic quilt! I love the random color placement, but the patterned direction. That broken herringbone pattern rocks!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  20. Salley says:

    Smokin Hot, Molls.

  21. I love the way it turned out! I love how you turned some of the blocks the opposite direction.

  22. LOVE the notches on the border and what a great idea to use part of a block for the signature block on the back. You're kinda brilliant!

  23. Bravo on a beautiful finish yourself! Thanks for hosting the Friday finish! Love the notches on your binding, Molli. And although your sweet binding does look divine, I hope you have not given up on mastering a machine sewn binding. I know you can do it!


  24. Were those blocks hard to make? They look sensational!

  25. Stephanie says:

    This is just so, so awesome…it's going on my quilt-to-do list toot sweet!! Beautiful job with this!

  26. Aoife says:

    Amazing quilt! So vibrant, I can't wait to see what you make out of the rest of the blocks!

  27. Amazing quilt. I too love those little notches, nice touch.

  28. Mareenchen says:

    Gorgeous, it's absolutely gorgeous. Love the binding notches, too. Brilliant idea!

  29. snips says:

    Love this!! And great idea for the green on the back!

  30. jan says:

    I'm walking on Sunshine….. This quilt makes me want to SING! And yall know I can't carry a tune in a bucket…
    Thank you for sharing and hosting!
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

  31. Nicole says:

    Beautiful job, Molli! I had never thought about the grass stains. Good thinking!

  32. Fan-bloody-tastic! Such a gorgeous quilt – love everything about it!

  33. Seriously fabulous finish. Random scrappy fun.

  34. Toye says:

    F*ing Fabulous! Love the colors!

  35. Gorgeous quilt love the colour choice. Thanks for sharing! Have a great day.

  36. Green says:

    FABULOUS quilt. I love it! It's better than Cats. I want to see it again and again.

  37. Books_Bound says:

    I love the idea of the blank strips on the quilt label! I'm almost always late on my gift quilts, but that is a wonderful idea for baby quilts (and being 28, I see many, many, many of those in my near future.) Genius! And the quilt is gorgeous too.

  38. Elise Lea says:

    Love those blocks and the arrangement! You are making me want to try making one of these quilts!

  39. RobinSue says:

    Fabulous – love the bright colors, reminds me of a new box of neon markers!

  40. You could make those binding notches your signature! Instead of adding a quilt label. I love tiny details like that!

  41. Kirsten says:

    Such a beautiful quilt – really love the colourful blocks!

  42. Katy Cameron says:

    Well finished, and I'm totally embracing slightly alternative binding these days. And it's nothing to do with ever running out of fabric for the binding. Not at all. Ever.

  43. Janarama says:

    OMG, I LOVE your herringbone quilt! Such fun, bright colors … my kind of quilt. Just beautiful.

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