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!
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