Friday, 10 October 2014

My done and dusted moment

And here is the finished quilt that has been the subject of this week's posts (here and here).

Athough at the beginning of the process the fact that I was making this for other people (as opposed to making it and then gifting it) freaked me out a bit - a state of mind I revisited occasionally as I went along - I also learned a lot from this quilt.  The colour choices, the design, even the spiral quilting all came directly from my sense of what my friends would like; so I tried new stuff instead of just what I already like.  I still had 'what if they don't like it' moments of anxiety along the way, but kept faith in my instincts over this and, happily, they were not disappointed.  (That's a kind of English understated way of saying they loved it!)


The finished quilt is 65.5" by 87".  I used loads of different fabrics, including the red/purple ones from an Oakshott Ruby Reds bundle, some Carrie Bloomston collage (one plain, one newsprint strips and a bit of bird border), some Kaffe Fassett fat quarters, Kate Spain's Daydream (for the moon). There's even a couple of batik fabrics in there - the very dark purple with the tiny squares in the picture below and the long strips with the curvy pattern.



I used Hobbs Tuscany Wool Wadding and quilted using a Valdani variegated perle thread.

Linking up with Off the Wall Friday, TGIFF, Fabric Frenzy FridaySlow Sunday StitchingAnything Goes Monday and, in for a penny, in for a pound,  Sew Cute Tuesday

19 comments:

Vera said...

It is very creative and original. Congrats on your finish! I like the quilting especially.

Maartje Quilt said...

What a beautiful, colorful quilt made of lovely fabrics. Fantastic quilting. I love it. I will pin it for inspiration. Thanks for sharing.
Love from Amsterdam.

Sally Ziesler said...

Great to see it finished. No wonder they loved it. Looking at that can only make them feel cheerful.

Janis Doucette said...

Great show!

Julia Graber said...

Congratulations on your finish.

Alycia said...

It is beautiful - I like how it all comes together!

Norma Schlager said...

Smashing!!

Gwyned Trefethen said...

Congratulations on wowing your friends.

Chantal Thibodeau said...

Looks great, I love the green lines. I have a math question: how much Valdani thread did you use, how many "spools" ? Thank you.

Rachel said...

Love the quilting! It looks like ripples in a pond. Very nice!

M-R Charbonneau said...

Wow, it's beautiful! Love your combination of colours and fabrics and the quilting adds great dimension. Congrats on a wonderful finish! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

Christine Feldstein said...

What a faboulous quilt, very original and impressive!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

That spiral quilting is just what this quilt needed! Wonderful!

Barbara said...

I'm so happy I found your blog. Your quilts are amazing. I love your color sense and the fact that you also hand quilt what looks like modern quilts. Very unique.

Anonymous said...

The spiral quilting is such a perfect accompaniment to the big round "moon." Nice bold color combination.

Val's Quilting Studio said...

The spiral quilting compliments the top so well. I'm inspired to try this!!

Lisa J. said...

This is really beautiful. I love the purples and reds, the moon , the stars, the circular quilting.

Lara B. said...

Kaja, I am head over heels in love with this quilt! Yet another awe inspiring creation! Love the name you chose too!

Quilter Kathy said...

Congratulations! What a gorgeous quilt!