Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Rhodie Blooms Flimsy

Rhodie Blooms, my variation on Bonnie Hunter's 2021 mystery quilt Rhododendron Trail, is a finished top! It's quite large, about 87" square at the moment. 

I'm super happy with how it turned out. And I have so much appreciation for Bonnie, who creates this space for all of us to play in every year. ❤

Most of the choices i made in the border were to try and tone down and balance the center, which is very bright and high energy. There are a lot of UV dyes in my fabrics, the white on white constant is quite reflective, and the aqua seems to highlight the pinks. So it is a lot. 😂

Since the flying geese for the border were already made i decided, eventually, to use them. But I also felt the quilt had reached its Maximum Pink Capacity, so I went shopping for the light purple fabric in the inner border. It was my first time in a quilt shop since Covid started! It was really nice to see everything with my own eyes and to talk to other quilters about fabric, lol. I didn't realize how much I missed it.

I thought a fairly dark border was needed to help ground the quilt. I used the remainder of the emerald fabrics from the hourglasses, and pieced them with some turquoise from my stash. The lime strip is also pieced from the leftovers from the center. I think the border did its job, it doesn't feel like the quilt will fly away any more!

So I'm happy to have that all done, and in only five months too! Feels like progress. Happy quilting everyone! 


  1. I love it! And that says a lot because I don't like pink, haha. I can see the big floppy Rhododendron blooms in this quilt. Love, love, love the borders. The best I've seen so far. Excellent job! ;^)

  2. Congratulations Monica on this stunning finish! I love this quilt.

  3. Turned out great. It's a really happy quilt!

  4. Absolutely beautiful! I didn't really even notice the purple border till you pointed it out, was much more focused on the lovely scrappy green at the outside. It all looks so lovely.:)

  5. I stopped doing Bonnie's sew-alongs after the first one. They are just so busy, depending on the fabrics and their arrangement. But this quilt! It sounds like you think it's really busy, and maybe it is in person, but in the photo and to my eyes, those star blocks with red around them stand out and everything else is just background. Your borders are perfect, too. I really love the outer one with the greens and teals. How satisfying to finish such a beauty.


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