Wednesday 20 March 2024

A finish: #1.22

As mentioned, I have a couple of finishes saved up to share.  Here is the first one. 

I seem to be getting much better at moving things through the system, since this is barely two years from start to finish.  This is, admittedly, because there are a couple of tops I seem to have pretty much decided never to quilt, but if I don't feel it when I sort through the piles, I don't see the point in giving months of my time over to working on something.

This is a simple little quilt really, but for some reason it is really ticking the boxes for me right now and has gone onto my bed as a result.  I think the orange has something to do with it, plus those strips of my once-favourite green trousers and the lovely blue plaid shirt with the deep, deep blue stripes. The Indonesian batik fabric that is in the checkerboard bits posed some problems when I was piecing. It was so busy and unusual that I couldn't find a way to balance it with other fabrics for a while, but I am happy with how it worked out in the end. It sits well, I think, with the dark blues and the other orange/red areas help too.

I started this on the 20th January 2022 and finished piecing on 31st March, so that's as close to exactly two years as makes no difference.  It is pieced with shirts, plus the green trousers scraps (most of this went into this top) and some orange Oakshott fabric that I have had for years.  I looked hard for a shirting that would do the job for me, but nothing worked and this lovely orange seemed right at home.

The backing is some of the duvet cover that you can see in this quilt top and I used a different part of said cover for the binding as well.  

The wadding is organic cotton and it is quilted with perle cotton. As usual I used what I had rather than buying in specially, though this will be the last time I can do that without at least one or two new purchases.  I echoed the flying geese in the centre in some areas of the quilting, just to make a change from straight lines. and am quite pleased with how it worked out.  

The finished piece is around 65 inches in all directions, give or take.


Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

This one really ticks all the boxes for me, too. The oranges are fantastic and I love the pops of green and the deep dark navy to compliment the bright orange. The ghost geese you quilted in the center are fun, and it makes me happy to hear that this one found its way to your bed. :)

Janie said...

Great borders and colors, so much life in this one.
And super hand quilting too! 'I used what I had on hand'.
Thanks for tons of inspiration again!

Robin said...

I love it! It is a pleasure to look at with the orange, pinks, and deep blues. It has the fond memories of your green trousers. The quilting is delightful. Wonderful!

patty a. said...

I don't remember ever seeing this quilt. It is so fun with all the color and different piecing. Congratulations on getting this one done. I bet it will make you smile every time to see it on your bed!

Mystic Quilter said...

Another lovely finish!!

audrey said...

What a cozy looking finish! I'm really liking how you did the quilting in the center. Very complementary!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A great finish Kaja. I really like how your longer borders are in more than one fabric, your piecing makes this very interesting to study.

Ann said...

What a beautiful combination of your colors and prints. Medallion quilts are favorites of mine. Using your own garments to build this quilt makes it even more special. Keep it on your bed for a while!

Billy Bonilla said...

Loveely post