Friday, 26 February 2021

A finish

This feels a bit like cheating - posting a finished quilt without having shown any of the work that went into it, but that's the way it goes sometimes.  I started this some time last spring (again, no blogging means I don't have a proper record of dates), worked on it on and off, through homeschooling and house moving. Now it is done, and has gone off to its home so I can share.
I  started with the moons and a colour palette (rich greens and blues and a little bit of mustard yellow/gold) and the rest followed from that start.  There are several shirts and a big piece of dressmaking remnant in amongst the fabrics, some (I think) easier to spot than others.   In several cases I have used both sides of a fabric in different places; those are not so hard to find, on the whole. 
I had been mulling over various ideas for tops using very pointy little triangles for quite a long time, originally inspired by a CD cover that I liked  a lot, and it made me very happy when I realised that they would be a great match for the moons in this.  They are fiddly to make but I love the way they look.  In this quilt they look a bit like trees or mountains, I think, so that the whole thing has a feeling of landscape about it.  That wasn't something I planned, but it happened as I went along, which for me is how all the best stuff happens.
I used organic cotton wadding, which is my current preferred option, and quilted it with perle no. 8, in a variety of shades, mostly ones I already had.  The quilting comes out in concentric circles from each moon. 
The back is a combination of left-overs from the front and bits from stash.
It is bound with what I believe to be an Alison Glass sunprint, from stash, with a couple of little inserts that came from the quilt scraps.
This is my second finish of the year so I'm already ahead of the game.  Let's see if I can keep it up!

20 comments:

Julierose said...

What a gorgeous Moonscape quilt--I love how you used the moon phases fabric throughout..beautiful finish hugs, Julierose

Cherie in St Louis said...

What a fabulous finish! I love the pointy triangle trees...they work perfectly with the moons. Inspiring!!!

Juliana said...

What a wonderful quilt!! I love the impression of a landscape seen under the phases of the moon. The tiny tree slivers are perfect.

Quilting Babcia said...

This is a great quilt, so many little details to explore. Love it!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

It is absolutely gorgeous! I love it!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

It has a feel of a moonlit landscape. It's lovely. Congratulations on getting it finished and shipped off to its new home. :)

Kris said...

Oh this is lovely and very interesting. Like little vignettes.

audrey said...

Can I swoon? This is such a YOU quilt! Love it so much. Very rich looking and so whimsical with the moons and the subtle landscape feel to the pointy blocks. You totally nailed this one. Your quilting texture is spot on too. Really adds to the overall vibe!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Lovely with it's moons & triangle trees, and all that quilting texture!

Anonymous said...

Love it!! I'm sure the person whose home this quilt resides in is "over the moon" for it!!
Kathleen - kakingsbury at verizon dot net

Quiltdivajulie said...

I absolutely love it (shared before or not). Those little spiky triangle bits add SO much.

liniecat said...

Stunning!! what a wondeful 'out of the blue' !!

Doris said...

Wow, that´s absolutely great. Love all about it. What a surprise!
How do you do the moons? Appliquee?

Mego said...

Absolutely beautiful. Absolutely.

Ann said...

What a delight to see the moon in all its phases over these forests. Wonderful collection of fabrics. The binding is inspired with those little inserts of color although I'm still not sure how you did this.
The quilt certainly has the Kaja style. Unique yet cuddly. It will be treasured for years.

JanineMarie said...

What a fun surprise—a whole quilt all at once (from a blog-reader’s perspective anyway), although I do enjoy your process posts. I see a lovely nighttime landscape. Could be most any season. So serene. I’m thinking aahhh right now, which a lot of us need.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Fantastic finish!!

Mystic Quilter said...

I certainly wouldn't call it cheating, it's a case of having saved this beauty to give us a real treat when posting on your blog!! I am a long time 'moon gazer' well actually a moon and star gazer. I watch each n night for the moon coming up and sleep with curtains open so that that moonshine comes in through the window, so I think this is a perfectly beautiful quilt and I am extremely envious of the lucky person who may be sleeping under the moon and the stars! Congratulations Kaja.

patty a. said...

Another fabulous quilt and you didn't cheat! LOL!!! The first thing I thought of is landscape with little trees and a big old moon hanging in the sky! I recognize the off white fabric with the rows of circles - Moda Nocturne. I made several quilts using that print and love it. How do you manage to quilt with perle no. 8? That thread is just too heavy for me. I use perle no. 12 and it slides thru the fabric with ease.

Robin said...

I can't remember if I commented on this quilt or not but if I have I want to comment again. This quilt top is so fun. It makes me feel like I'm reading Daphne du Maurier or something similar. Romance and suspense rolled up into one.