Friday, 5 February 2016

Denim done and dusted

So this is a strange state of affairs: this is my second finish this year.  This means that I have nearly eleven months to finish one more piece and I'll have hit my usual total.  Go figure.



In fact I could carry on stitching this if I wanted to but am stopping now for two reasons: on one level I like the idea of this as a sort of map, and in my head the most dense section, roughly in the middle, is like a town, and then towards the edges there are more spaces, like fields or open countryside.

Also,I have been going with the flow all along, stitching where and when I feel like it, adding patches, leaving pockets one or taking them off, leaving gaps.  And now it feels like the journey this has led me on is done, so that seems the best place to stop.



In the end this is a good size for a lap quilt: about 55" on each side.  It is made entirely from old jeans, and the little patches are scraps from Small Pleasures.  I used all sorts of threads: anything I had in the right sort of colours; stranded cotton, rayon thread, perle, some space dyed, some not.  The backing is flannel, so this is a heavy, heavy piece, but that's what I like. 

Started late 2014, finished February 1st 2016. Its official name is Eclipse.


And, just because I like them the best, here's one of those landscape-y shots.



And, as this is a finish I'm linking up with TGIFF, which this week is here at Devoted Quilter, and with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop, Whoop.

21 comments:

Shasta Matova said...

Woo hoo! Time for a party! Congratulations on a beautiful finish.

Lisa J. said...

Congratulations on finishing this wonderful quilt. It's been really great getting to follow along on the journey. I love that landscape shot with the close up of all those quilting stitches.

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Congratulations! That last photograph is perfection. :) Two finishes already? That is awesome!

Shannon said...

This is so lovely! And congrats on knowing when to stop!

Ruth said...

Love the last photo! I've really enjoyed watching your progress on this one!

Mystic Quilter said...

Congratulations on completing this stunning piece. Having watched the progress with your tiny fabric scraps here and there and the wonderful coloured threads being stitched I am thrilled to see this post!

Leanne Parsons said...

It sounds like you're on track for a very productive year, lol! This is a fun finish and I love how you envision it to be a sort of map. Thanks for linking with TGIFF :)

Art Quilt Textiles said...

That looks like it was fun to make. Love the hand stitching.

janie krig said...

Congratulations, Kaja. What have you done with the back?

Norma Schlager said...

What a fun piece! All that hand stitching is fabulous. Congrats on the finish,

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A great finish! I love all your hand stitching & colourful threads!

audrey said...

Yay! The pressures off and it's early in the year.:) This is a fabulous quilt. I love how much character and personality it has.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

A beautiful finish / it's been fun to watch it grow :)

liniecat said...

Such a great analogy that, a map!
Its my kind of throw too, love that its recycled and denims and even the yarns used aren't uniform in any way. I really enjoy that spontaneous, creative approach - but it could just be that breaking the 'rules' can bring such happy surprises at times!
We should all do it more often lol
I reckon its way more snuggable-under because of all those paths you've taken and - 11 months to finish another one thing!
What are you waiting for then? lol

Cut&Alter said...

Wow this is stunning!!!! The stitching shows up perfectly in your 'landscape-y shot'!

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

Maybe this will be the year of the finish . Well done . I love your stitching denim landscapes

September Violets said...

This is an amazing piece! Denim is not so easy to work with with all that heaviness. Even that hand embroidery must have been a bit of a challenge. But it looks great, and the embroidery really adds that nice sprinkling of colour. Love that it's backed in flannel ... this will last forever!
Wendy

September Violets said...

This is an amazing piece! Denim is not so easy to work with with all that heaviness. Even that hand embroidery must have been a bit of a challenge. But it looks great, and the embroidery really adds that nice sprinkling of colour. Love that it's backed in flannel ... this will last forever!
Wendy

Cathy said...

Lovely, uniquely you, finish!

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Yes, it definitely looks like a map! I specially love the close up photos of all the hand stitching. What a wonderful and unique finish, Kaja!

-Soma

LA Paylor said...

you might finish more than usual this year. Next!