Tuesday, September 6, 2016

My New Favoritist Quilt




Okay, so that title isn't grammatically correct, but this it is my most favorite quilt to date. It was simple, easy, and the pattern lets the fabrics speak for themselves. And I'm going to keep this just for me!


This is one of the projects that I started in the quest to Make All The Quilts That I've Already Bought Fabric and Patterns For.  I'm not sure I'm the only one, but I seem to have a bit of a problem that is akin to people over-filling their plates - my eyes are bigger than my stomach is!  When I find a really good deal on fabric, or kits, or patterns, my mind races to the possibilities. So I buy it, and then it sits. And sits. And sits. Sometimes for a good long time.


This quilt sat for two years. Then it moved out of hiding to sit on my cutting table, uncut fabric and pattern, and there it sat for, oh, about 9 months.

Auditioning thread - I chose a teal Magnifico, a #40 thread by Superior Threads. I used an off-white in the white blocks.


This was the first project that I started after my retirement this spring. I had been drooling over the teal and dark gray and yellow for so many months, that I just had to get it sewn up! And once I got the top sewn, the quilting went rather quickly.



Here's a photo of the back. The pattern was a little odd to follow (I would have written it much differently), and so I ended up with lots of chopped off pieces. I turned these into a random patchwork, added my original backing fabric and a splash of the yellow. I do like the way the back turned out, too.



Oh - when it came to quilting, I had aspired to do some inventive FMQ. I started on the upper right hand corner with a design I drew that resembled the paisley fabric.  I didn't trace it on the fabric, I just eye-balled the design as I was quilting. However, it merely blended away into the fabric. SO not worthy to repeat that process throughout the quilt, so I'm calling that right-hand corner my Signature Block because I really didn't want to rip it out. The ultimate design element.  End of that story!




I did enjoy sitting in the evenings hand-stitching the binding down. Now this fun lap quilt is thrown over the back of our couch, and I look forward to snuggling in it this winter.

But before winter gets here, I snapped a photo of some violets that were blooming among the strawberry plants.  The purple and hint of yellow looked so fresh against the green, that I almost thought it was spring!



So, one project down. On to the next. Hmmmm, I wonder what that will be?

Quilting with a smile,
Barb

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16 comments:

  1. Such pretty colors, and the quilting is terrific! Nice work. I can see why it's your favorite.

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  2. Hurray for a finish! I have lots of those little piles of fabric around my sewing room too. Doesn't it feel good to get one finished? And a lovely one at that!

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  3. That is beautiful! Love the colors.

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  4. So many wonderful things about this quilt! The top three being the design (love the illusion of transparent corners), the colors, and the quilting! BEAUTIFULLY DONE!!

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  5. I love the teal set against the other colors! I bet you are so glad about getting that done and off of your list. Lovely quilting-I'm always amazed at what you can do with a machine. Enjoy it :-)

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  6. I love the color combination too...and you are sooo right about all those kits we buy and drool over....have fun tackling them now that you are retired. :)

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  7. SO pretty! I love the quilting designs - you're really really clever!

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  8. Great quilt and I like your quest. It will take me years to use up what I already have, LOL!! Your little purple flowers look like johnny jump-ups.

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  9. Beautiful quilt! Love that transparency effect with the grey. Good luck with the quest - that's awesome!

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  10. I love the fabrics you chose for this quilt! It is a very interesting pattern. The back of the quilt is as interesting as the front. Good luck getting to the bottom of the pile of quilt projects.

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  11. So pretty! Love your color choices. Would you share the name of the pattern please. Rina

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    1. Sure! This pattern is called Flatbread by Modern Quilt Relish. Their site is at https://modernquiltrelish.blogspot.com/p/pattern-shop.html

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  12. It is a very lovely quilt - the colours go beautifully and the quilting just sets it off so well. Great job.

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  13. Yay for retirement, and for making a favouritist quilt! Wonderful, soft, and cozy - you will be happy under this all winter long. :)

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