It's been a long long time since I finished a quilt, but the day has finally come! I had forgotten how wonderful it feels; the sense of accomplishment you have putting in that last binding stitch. Ah, happiness.
Clearly Sunday was not the prettiest day for quilt photography. It was grey, wind-less and foggy. Really really foggy. The kind of fog that you can not tell if it is raining on you or if that is just the cloud touching your arm. Weird. I can not remember the last time I took quilt-on-the-line photos when the quilt just hung there. It makes for a boring photo shoot if I'm honest.
Tiles began in a class I took with Amy Smart at the Fat Quarterly retreat in July 2014. The class was wonderful and Amy was incredibly nice. She had some really simple tips and tricks for rapidly piecing a quilt, which are always handy. This quilt is from her book Fabulously Fast quilts. It honestly would have been a fast finish (not a 6 month finish) if I had two weekends to dedicate to it.
The top is Kona Snow with a variety of scraps from my stash and the shop. Its a bit more toned down than my usual in-your-face scrappiness, and I like that a whole lot. The borders are two Denyse Schmidt prints I picked up from Joann's a long while ago. I love these fabrics, so what better way to incorporate them than as statement pieces like this? I think they work.
The back is pieced with a floral that I used on my Swoon called Farmgirl's Garden with a coordinating yellow on yellow polka dot from Social Club by Moda. They went together so nicely and the yellow coordinated so very well with the Architextures and Vintage Happy yellows on the top. Ah, I love it when fabrics come together. I used the scraps of the yellow dot to bind the quilt.
I quilted it on my frame using a pantograph by Golden Threads. I don't know if you can see it, but this pattern is a wave with a loop nested into the crest of the wave. Together they reminded me of snowdrop flowers. It was a bit of a learning curve for me quilting this, but in the end I am SO glad I stuck with it and saw it through. I love the finished look and learned a tremendous amount.
That's it! A finished quilt that's already in use on the couch. It's covered in thread from my current super top secret birthday hand stitching, littered with dog and cat fur and a bit wrinkled. Already broken in and happy. Woo hoo for quilt finishes!
Name: Tiles (as it was called in Amy Smart's book)
Made for: use on my couch
Fabric: Kona snow with Farmgirl's Garden and Social Club dots on the back. The scrappy top is from Vintage Happy, Weeds, Happy Go Lucky, Flea Market Fancy, Architextures, Scrumptious, Gingham, Simply Style, Technicolor (and a few more I'm sure I am missing)
Thread: Pieced with 50 weight Aurifil cotton in 2600 and 2021. Quilted with Aurifil cotton 50 weight 201.
Batting: Simply Cotton.
Size: 55 x 76 inches.
Quilting: On my frame with Golden Threads panto pattern.
Pattern: From Amy Smart's book Fabulously Fast Quilts, but really from my class at the Fat Quarterly Retreat in July 2014.