Friday, June 10, 2016

Tah! Dah! Happiness Is . . .

Happiness is . . . finally finishing a quilt started over a year and a half ago. Back in the summer of 2014,  The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims offered its members a limited time access to an instructional DVD  by Jacqueline de Jonge. The subject of this instructional DVD,  How to Make a BeColourful Quilt, was her "Happiness" pattern. Jacqueline de Jonge lives in the Netherlands, and all of her quilts are truly stunning.

I remember being so excited when I found just the right background fabric; I already had a pack of rainbow colored batiks. After working diligently to complete the top, I was then too afraid to quilt it for fear of ruining it. It has been laying on a spare bed waiting for me to get up the courage to give it a go. That happened the other day when I realized that the design and the colors were strong enough that I really only needed to stitch in the ditch, and so, that is exactly what I did. (For non-quilters, that means I stitched in each and every seam line.) I finished quilting it in just a day, and I would love to show you the back, but the thread blended so well with the fabric that I couldn't get a good photo of it.

The piece measures thirty-two inches square, and yes, it is square although this photo cuts off the edges.  It will be one of the pieces that I will have in the Herring Run Quilt Show in Norwell, MA this fall. Mark your calendars for Sept. 17 - 18th as you won't want to miss seeing all of the beautiful quilts by guild members which will be on display!!!


  1. Beautiful! Is the center paper pieced?

  2. Thank you. Yes, the center and the flying geese border were all paper pieced.