Seriously people, it’s big. I’m not even sure you can call it a quilt since it’s more like a bed spread. (And what is the actual difference?)
At 100h x 188w, she’s the biggest quilt I’ve made by far and I knew going in that this puppy would not be quilted by me. I enlisted the help of the very friendly and talented Karen, of Karen’s Quilted Creations to stitch these delicious loopy-loops. I really want to give props to Karen for her professionalism, courteous and prompt emails, and for her obvious care that went into the quilting. She listened to my preferences and finished in a short amount of time, which is no easy feat given how big this project was. Thank you Karen, you will be helping me more in the future I’m sure.
Here you can see the quilting on the back. I used Kona Muslin, 118″ wide in natural. It has a high thread count and the feel reminds me of Art Gallery Fabrics. I know. Soo soft!
This quilt is the simplest of designs so I figured we’d better have some good pillow action. My friend Jo who is sassy and awesome, made the Amy Butler Midwest Mod pillow to sit here on my bed. It features the same Innocent Crush print in both cotton and velveteen.
See those petals? I just love it. And little Isabel and I did some serious stitching with perle cotton on the Loulouthi pillow.
I’m not even kidding. Isabel did the blue stitches you see here and other bits on this guy. I was so excited to see her, hoop in hand and being incredibly precise and careful. Until this was finished, she asked to stitch every day.
Lots of stitching.
Free-form hand quilting on the white part.
I believe I will be making more pillows because you really can’t have too many pillows on your bed. I think rectangle is next.
Ok….you gotta see this…
I can barely handle the cuteness. ;)
And here we are with yet another quilt that started out quick and dirty and is now just sitting on my cutting table. I look at it often since I adore these solids so much. There are a couple of kona solids in this, but mostly these fabrics are Carolina Chambrays and Kaffe Fassett’s shot cottons which both are given more depth of color by being cross woven in two different colors. I love how this two color woven makes for a more dimensional solid; rich and even glimmering at times.
I started this quilt inspired by the color palette that’s in a decorative screen in my bedroom. I thought a coordinating throw quilt would look nice next to it. I started pulling solids out from my stash and this is what evolved. Kona cottons in curry, woodrose and olive, shot cottons in moss, raspberry and spruce, and one Carolina Chambray in teal are what make up most of the colors in this piece.
This is just another one of the many projects I am committed to finishing in 2011 and to becoming a finisher and not just a starter of quilts.
True confessions: In my quilting, I am a terrific starter. I gather fabrics and cut strips or squares like a pro. I am especially good at making half-completed quilts. I need to get an official count, but I think I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 unfinished quilts. All of my UFO’s sitting in their various states of incompletion feel like heavy baggage at the moment. And even though just yesterday I started yet another quilt, I am on a mission to change my ways and my bad habits and to finish what I’ve started. So, for me this is the year of the UFO becoming a quilt to use and love.
It seems like the New Year brings this thinking out in many of us. Other quilty bloggers have started an admirable promise not to buy any new fabric as well as finish all UFO’s. I’m not sure I can be so good. One day at a time, right? I cannot be expected not to bring home new fabric when I’m surrounded by it at work and buying fabric is actually part of my job. Am I right? Sigh…
Exhibit A – one “Thousand Pyramids” quilt sits waiting to be made into a quilt top. I’ve gotten as far as piecing the smaller triangles into larger triangles, which then need to be pieced together to make a lap-sized quilt. I think these close-up pictures show the color more accurately.
I really love the intersection of green and blue; shades like celadon, robin’s egg blue, jade. They are peaceful and calming to me. So, the idea for this quilt was born of the need for a quilt in that color neighborhood.
I am setting an intention to finish this quilt top within the next week. Over the next few posts, I’ll be
airing out my unfinished projects for all to see and judge sharing all of my quilts that need finishing. I hope that by putting it all out there that I can have more completion in my creative space. What UFO’s do you have? Bring ‘em on out…let’s finish them together!