Monday, 14 January 2019

Hourglasses: done and dusted

Hooray - first finish of the year!  I hoped briefly that it might be the last finish of 2018 but that idea didn't last long. I'm very happy it's done now though.
I especially like the colours in this: the black print and those gold and purple triangles against all the sort of pastel colours, which rather smoosh into each other. It's really hard to get a good photo of the pale shades, even in  daylight, and this is the best I can manage.  If you want to check out the photo of the bundle of shirts I kicked off with, which gives you a much better idea, you can find it here.
The back is pieced, but unremarkable; the quilting is another go at cross-hatching, though this time I've used single lines, rather than double, and tried to be slightly more regular.  
The binding is this brown and white stripe.
As for the timings:

I started this on July 7th 2017 - and finished piecing on October 9th.
Started quilting on 1st of December 2017 and finished on 13th January this year.  That is pretty fast for me.

The wadding is my standard fallback 70/30, totally recycled option. It's quilted with perle cotton, in several neutral shades plus a bit of a yellow-y one. Basically I just went through my box and pulled out whatever took my fancy. 

I can't think of a better way to kick of my quilting year.




20 comments:

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

It is a fantastic way to kick off your quilting year! The crosshatch quilting compliments it so nicely and adds a great texture. It's beautiful, Kaja.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

a good way indeed to start off your quilting year. This has a lovely scrunched faded vintage look to it, which of course it has

audrey said...

LOVE your beautiful quilt! It's frustrating when we can't get a really good pictures of these sorts of quilts. I'm sure there is a wonderful radiance to this quilt in the right lighting! The colors are so sweet and there's just enough of a pattern to keep it very interesting! Your crosshatch stitching is perfect for it. I haven't done that with hand quilting for a long time. Will have to revisit that one of these days as I love the simple charm to it! Big congrats on your finish!

Robin said...

I like that you used different colors of thread. I used four colors on my latest quilt (no pictures yet because I don't have anyone to hold it up) and loved the look as well as the interest it gave ME because I was changing colors. Very nice!

Julierose said...

this really turned out beautifully...another beauty to add to your collection great work hugs, Julierose

Ann said...

Your backgrounds "smoosh" together beautifully. An online store friend of mine said brights sell so much better than soft pastels because they show up on the screen. And yet, we like to live with these softer colors. You just want to snuggle.
How do you keep your quilting lines so straight? Tape? Mine perennially wander.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

There's something so lovely about this quilt, is it the vintage vibe? or the soft faded colours? or the delightful improv piecing of those hourglasses ... all of the above I suspect! I just love the overall pastel lavender look with the 'pops' of black & gold, and all your hand quilting makes it so special.

patty a. said...

Congratulations on your first finish! It turned out lovely! I really like the binding; a bit unexpected and so fun.

Quilter Kathy said...

It's gorgeous! I love the watercoloury effect you created!
Congrats on the first finish of the year!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I have liked this quilt from the very beginning but now? I LOVE IT. And the way you described how you chose your quilting threads is marvelous. I agree - what a fantastic way to start 2019.

QuiltSwissy said...

so mellow and calm looking. I love it

Caroline Heinrichs said...

hey right on! grwat finish to this sweet quilt.

Pam said...

Love, love, love this quilt!!! Congrats on the finish!

Cathy said...

Perfectly smooshed and looks very inviting and comforting. Congrats!

Angie said...

I am absolutely, totally in LOVE with this quilt!!

Marly said...

Congratulations on your finish. The colours are lovely, especially the purple and I love those olive green triangles. Who'd have thought some old shirts could be transformed into something so beautiful? You, of course!

CTNBEE said...

I am very pleased that I can read your blog. Posts are very helpful! Thanks for sharing your projects with us, I appreciate it! The colors on the quilt look great!
Regards

O'Quilts said...

Oh..my ..you have a winner here...great job.

Mystic Quilter said...

What a first finish for 2019! I also love the colours in this particular quilt, they give a lovely softness.
Congratulations!

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

So beautiful, Kaja! I love the soft colours in this one, the purple and the gold triangles made me think of confetti, no idea why. Your hand quilting is so pretty. The border looks like blanket stitch, one of my favourites. I love this one.

-Soma