Sunday, 5 April 2015

A Quilt for Penny

Back in January when I wrote my first quarter Finish Along goals, I optimistically thought I might be able to finish up four of my current WIPs this quarter. I've made no progress at all on three of those projects but I did achieve one my of goals, it was the one project that I really wanted to finish so I'm happy about that. This quilt has now been sent to a friend who is spending a year travelling around New Zealand with her three children and a campervan. I hope she gets to spend plenty of time relaxing underneath it with a good book. I tested it out for comfort on a few evenings before sending it off, all those warm colours make for a toasty quilt!
 
 
The quilt top was finished back in January so there was just the backing, quilting and binding to go.
 
For the backing I used a Denyse Schmidt fabric from my stash, I added the mistake blocks to bring it up to size.
 
The quilting (like the quilt itself) was inspired by Audrie from Blue is Bleu, and her beautiful Courthouse Steps quilts, straight lines with my walking foot and on the diagonals. This simple quilting seems a really good match for all those skinny strips of fabric. I used painter's tape and my Olfa ruler to mark out each line before quilting. The lines run through the middle diagonals of each block and half way between those lines.
 
The binding is the same Denyse Schmidt Chicopee fabric that I used for the centres of each block. This was the first time I'd used black for binding and I really love it (I've already used black binding again since finishing this quilt).
 

 
My favourite photos of this quilt are the ones I took of it draped over the back of a dining chair, you get a peak at the backing fabric.
 

 
 One last picture of all the fabrics used in this quilt.


Quilt Statistics;

Previous blogpost about this quilt: here
Fabrics used: Denyse Schmidt (Chicopee, Florence, Shelburne Falls and Piccadilly), Anna Maria Horner (Garden Party, Field Study), Lizzy House, Carolyn Friedlander, Cotton and Steel (Homebody by Kimberly Kight), Rashida Coleman Hale and Yuwa.
Pattern: Lanterns in The City by Audrie Bidwell, from the book Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe
Finished size of each block: 11" by 11"
Size of the quilt: 55" x 55"
Number of pieces in each block: 21
Backing: Vine and Leaf in Maple from Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt
Binding: Duet Dot in Red from Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt
Batting: 100% cotton
Quilting: walking foot, straight lines on the diagonals
Labelled: YES, for the first time ever!!
Number of mistake blocks (used on the back): 4
 
Linking up my Q1 finish with Adrianne over at On the Windy Side.
 
 
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

11 comments:

  1. A really lovely finish Rachel! Beautiful colours and that dark binding sets them off perfectly. The block is deceptively simple I think. It'd be easy to make a misstep in matching those colours at the right step I imagine?

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  2. A beautiful finish Rachel. Bet this was hard to send away.

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  3. I, too only got one of my goals accomplished for this quarter. Love your finish -- generous gift for a friend!!

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  4. This is lovely....an inspired mix of fabrics, and I love the back too. SO nice!

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  5. What a beautiful quilt - it looks so perfect in every way!

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  6. what a very lucky friend - I would want to stay snuggled under that quilt all day :-)

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  8. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift! I love it!

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  9. This pattern looks so great in these warm colours. I love the black binding.

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  10. I am that non-quilting lucky friend! I have had to instigate a "Quilt Roster" allowing everybody to get a night with it and stop the arguing over whose turn it is to have it. I don't understand much of the above quilting lingo but do understand the time, energy and love put it to this gift. So thanks so much Rach, it is greatly appreciated. xx

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