This past year, I've been focusing on growing my quilting skills and challenging myself to try some more difficult quilt patterns and techniques. To be honest, when I first glanced at the LaLa Fancy quilt pattern by Southern Charm Quilts my first thought was "That's way too hard for me." But I decided to order the pattern anyway and dug deep to find the courage to give this pattern a try, and I'm so glad I did!
I did order the half rectangle triangle ruler (which Melanie sells in her shop (Meander + Make) for trimming the half rectangle triangles. The trimming is a little different from half square triangles, so I do recommend purchasing the ruler if you are attempting this pattern. Melanie does explain a different way to trim if you don't have the ruler, but I felt like the ruler was well worth the money and made it super easy. Between the half square triangles and the half rectangle triangles there is a lot of trimming in this quilt, which is why Melanie calls it an intermediate pattern, but I did it in batches and it went pretty quickly.
I'm going to send this top out for some custom long arm quilting. I chose the Goldenrod Floral from the Whatnot line by Ruby Star Society for the backing...it's a cotton sateen and it's so silky and luxurious!!
I had so much fun making this quilt top and I'm really glad I pushed myself to try something more challenging. I often remind myself of the quote, "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." Having confidence in myself isn't something that comes easily to me, but I'm working on that. 😊