Friday, January 4, 2013

A Mod Pop Finish!

The Mod Pop QAL was my first QAL and I loved every minute of it!  Thank you, Leanne, for being such a wonderful host and teacher and Helen for being a cheerleader.  Without the group of lovely, supportive ladies in the QAL and Leanne's teaching skills I am not entirely sure I would have mastered piecing a DP curve.  But here is a finished quilt chock full of them!  

May I present to you, my finished Mod Pop:


I wanted to make a quilt to give to my brother for Christmas.  Although he is incredibly supportive of my shop and is always enthusiastic about the things I make, he's not a "traditional" quilt type person.  I mean to say that the patterns we'd use to make blocks, in either traditional or modern fabric, don't really suit him.  Something a bit more eccentric like this seemed perfect. I went with blues/greens/purples in Kona solids with Kona Ash as the focus fabric.  It's a bit of a shock to his system I am sure - he's more of an earth tone kind of guy...but he's lived with me long enough to not expect those in his quilt!  


The back and binding are Kona Navy with a pieced strip of scraps in blues and purples.  I echo quilted on either side of the Kona Ash, which seemed to work well for me.  Given more time I would have liked to quilt a bit more, but Christmas wouldn't wait for me to stitch any longer!  In the end I'm so very pleased with the quilting pattern and would suggest it to anyone finishing up their Mod Pop this month.



My brother is one of those fantastic handmade gift recipients.  He's so appreciative, smiling all the way, petting it and feeling the softness.  He's a real texture kind of guy, so quilts play to him well.  Each year another member of my family gets a quilt...my SIL first, then Mom, then Dad and FINALLY now my brother.  He was so excited hoping to get "his" quilt this year knowing darn well that's what his present would be.  How great that is for me, the stitcher.  His excitement and enthusiasm makes all of the time stitching DP curves worth while.

Thank you too, Dad, for standing out in the freezing December weather to hold up Mod Pop for photos.  The poor man was so cold!  He really tried to hide his fingers and toes in each shot, too. Well done, Dad.  You're becoming a quilt holding pro!  

Quilt Details
Name - Mod Pop
Made For - Pat's 2012 Christmas gift 
Fabric - All 100% cotton Kona blues, greens and purples.  The back and binding is Kona Navy with pieced scraps.  The focus "waterfall" is Kona Ash.
Thread - Pieced using mostly Aurifil cream, quilted with Aurifil 2600 on the Kona Ash and Aurifil 2785 on the background "scrappy" pieces and in all bobbin thread.
Batting - 100% cotton Simply Cotton.
Size - Approximately 60x80 inches
Quilting - Echo quilted by myself 1/4 inch inside the Kona Ash waterfall and then 1/4 inch exterior to the Ash.  The same was done in each Kona Ash "hole". 
Pattern - the Mod Pop pattern by Julie Pickles Designs








30 comments:

Kelsey said...

Beautiful!! Love the quilting and the colors you chose! Isn't gifting quilts fun!!

PippaP said...

gorgeous, I think those colours are fab. Well done you !!!
I know what you mean about family members waiting their turn, my bro's is next too but only got a month to get it done :(

Allison said...

your Dad did a great job of hiding in those pictures - it looks like the quilt just stood up on it's own for the photo shoot :) this quilt is stunning! and so lovely to be gifting it to a special someone who appreciates it so much!

Judith, Belfast said...

Fantastic finish C! And isn't it lovely to get such a warm reaction from the recipient! Giving is the best part! Jxo

Leanne said...

I love this quilt! I love the colours and that it was for your brother and that it got photographed in the outdoors. You made excellent curves, look at them all. Great finish, wonderful present!

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's terrific! I love the way you've quilted it and your colour choice is marvellous! Well done on an amazing finish!!

sew.darn.quilt said...

Oh Wow! Your quilt is gorgeous! I want to make a thoroughly modern quilt this year and yours is giving me some ideas:)

Sarah said...

Lovely! Love your ModPop, and love your family too! My brother is also pretty awesome when it comes to getting handmade gifts :-) Its so cool to know somethings going to be used and loved, innit :-) x

Just Carol said...

It's beautiful! It sounds like you have a very special family (especially your dad standing out in the cold.) :O)

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Oh its fab! Love the colours, they work so well in that pattern and the quilting is great :-) Bet it was hard to give away!

Canadian Abroad said...

It is beautiful. I love the combination of greens, blues and purples.

Sophie Belle Designs said...

Oh I'm so glad to see this one finished as I loved following it's progress. It is absolutely fabulous and how fantastic is that reaction :)

Di said...

Wow! It is a real 'man quilt'. I had great intentions to do this QAL but failed! It is lovely in your colour choices. Di x

Wendy said...

It's fabulous! Love the colours

Dianne Neale said...

Woo hoo! Well done for finishing - it looks wonderful! I am so far behind, I still only have 4 blocks.

Carrie P. said...

fabulous! congrats on your finish.

Flying Blind... said...

Lucky bro. Well done xxx

Lynne said...

What a great story and a fantastic brother. I love that pattern and I love seeing it in different colour ways.

elpetittaller said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love the blues in it

Inspiredbyfelix said...

Oh this is fabulous! Love the colours, love the quilting, lucky bro!

Jennifer Marie said...

hahah awe!! great finish, I love the white with the colors and how you quilted is fabulous! It compliments it beautifully.. arent those kind of receivers the best.. well done! :)

Quilter in the Gap said...

I am loving all your quilts...did you take any clothes to the states lol

tomomi mcelwee said...

brilliant!
I love that pattern. very clever.

Katy Cameron said...

I looks fab! Your dad needs to give my dad lessons in quilt holding though, I have their quilt complete with his toes...

Nicky said...

It looks fantastic Cindy and your dad did such a great job I'm sure he will get asked again!

I'm wondering who gets a quilt next year?

Sarah said...

It looks fantastic! Well done Dad, you did a great job quilt holding. And your brother is so good to show appropriate excitement at a handmade gift. So many people smile politely and so thank you, that's nice! I'm thinking of Mrs Browns Boys and her meaning of that's nice now! I've never tackled a curved block. Too scared!

Annabella said...

It's just stunning Cindy - and how wonderful to have an appreciative brother!! When my mother showed him her quilt, he was speechless!

Jenny-Narcoleptic in a cupboards mum said...

Stunning quilt Cindy, well done. x

Z Any Mouse said...

Oh my, that came out so beautiful!

diane said...

this is a really pretty finish

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