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CUPCAKE QUILT !!!

A while ago, I posted pictures of this quilt which I pieced over the Christmas holidays - where has that last 4 months gone???
 
After finishing a custom job with lots of ruler work for a customers gorgeous New York Beauty quilt top, I thought I would squeeze my quilt in so I can "call it done!" before I load another customer quilt (which is another stunner).
 
All I had to do to finish it was to quilt in the red stars and bind it, so it didn't take too long on Sunday to finish off.  I spent so much time trying to decide what to quilt in the red stars, and unpicked a couple of times before finally deciding on simple crosshatching.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I love it, it is such a happy, fun quilt - I quilted the cupcakes freehand, although the stippling around them was supposed to make the cupcakes puff up like trapunto, however either the wadding was not quite lofty enough, or I didn't stipple close enough to flatten down the background,  but.... I am very happy with the final result as any closer stippling would have resulted in a too stiff border and would not have matched the balance of quilting in the rest of the quilt.
 
I really enjoyed the curved piecing in the blocks and after a while,  love the bold red stars.  The rest of the quilting was very basic ruler work in straight lines in the sashings, stitching in the ditches around the stars, and then using a curved ruler in the main blocks.  It has a lovely texture and was alot of fun !!!  If you are wondering where the cupcake inspiration comes from, there are some cupcake fabrics in the blocks.
 
No two cupcakes are the same in size, but that adds to the uniqueness of my quilt which I made up as I went along !!!
 

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