Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Solids Wall Quilt - Ta Da!

For the Love of Solids [a modern swap] - wall quilt - complete.

I have finished the wall quilt I am making for my secret partner in the Love of Solids [a modern swap]. It is 29.75" x 21.25". The fabric is an assortment of Kona solids, some are the organic solids, some are the regular. There are two different Essex linen or linen/cottons as well.

FTLOS - front detail

This quilt had several inspirations. I hope you might be reminded of the beach - logs, water, shells, sand, plant life, and also the movement at the beach. I am working on my beach inspiration photo mosaic and will post that for you tomorrow. There are other inspirations that I will share once the secret swap is over. This spiral pattern was made using the Parfait Cafe tutorial here.

FTLOS - front detail

The pixelated squares, or sun-shattered views, or whatever you might see, are made of squares that finish at 1". The boards on the deck are 5"wide to give you a bit of scale.

FTLOS - front detail

I quilted it heavily. It has not been washed, and still you get a lot of quilty puffing. You might have a glimpse of sunbaked, ocean tossed distressed wood, sand, shells, and water.

FTLOS - back

Here is the back, which is a piece of Essex Linen or maybe their linen/cotton blend, I cannot remember. I used thread from 3 different spools of hand-dyed thread from Valdani Inc. - backyard honeycomb, subtle elegance and silver foam. This thread is a dream to work with and is made from a beautiful highly mercerized long staple cotton.

FTLOS - back detail

The quilting is by machine, echoing the patterns, somewhat randomly and not perfectly, much like the distressing nature causes.

FTLOS - binding detail

The binding was interesting. I wanted the front to finish without any edges but I wanted the quilting to show on the back. I considered this tutorial by Lisa Call, combined with this tutorial by Kerry at Verykerryberry, to come up with this. The part you see on the back is about 3/4". If anyone wants a tutorial for what I did exactly, let me know. It hangs nicely with pins, I have to add some kind of hanger to the back, in case my partner is partial to using a dowel or a wire for hanging.

For the Love of Solids [a modern swap] - wall quilt - complete

I just love it - it is going to be very hard to send it away, but I have plans for another one or maybe several more, similar but different, for me. Thanks to my friend Marianne at The Quilting Edge, for encouraging me on this project, I think I have managed to really stretch and I am very happy with where it has taken me.

Soon I am heading back to the City, fall is in the air, time to get back.

I am adding a link to {Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations as, finally, I have a modern finish to show off. There are lovely projects linked there, I hope you have time to visit them.

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Best,

Leanne

20 comments:

  1. This has turned out absolutely stunning. What a wonderful quilt. I find it actually very autumnal and warm. Excellent quilting. I too love Marianne's quilt.

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  2. Wow. I love the detailed explanation. Thank you.

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  3. Wow, Leanne - that quilt is really something! Totally unusual and beautiful! I'm sure your partner will be thrilled!

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  4. Just beautiful!!! Your partner is really lucky!!! Can I be your partner next!!?? :):) hugs-- Sandie

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  5. It's beautiful Leanne. I love that you have given an insight into your thoughts behind it. You have a very lucky partner.

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  6. It turned out so beautiful Leanne...I love it.....I'm so glad you stretched, so worth it.

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  7. Wow! Leanne this is truly stunning! I can see why you are reluctant to part with it. The colours are so earthy and soothing and your photos really show it off lovely. Well done.Jxo

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  8. this really has turned into a work of art! Love it, whoever gets it will love it too I'm sure!

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  9. LEANNE!!! That is absolutely stunning!! Gorgeous!! Congratulatiosn on a wonderful quilt! :)

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  10. When I first saw this in the swap group I was immediately reminded of beachiness and distressed wood and salty air...it has a very organic feel! I absolutely love the way it all came together! You have one very lucky partner! (And if it's not me, I'm making one just like this for my guest room!)

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  11. I love this, even though I wouldn't have ever thought to choose those colours. Its great. Whoever gets it is very lucky indeed. Well done.

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  12. I just love this and am so inspired by it now that it is all finished. You've done such a beautiful job on it. I wish I was your partner!!!

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  13. I absolutely love this - beautiful work!! So nice to hear your thoughts behind it too.

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  14. This is GREAT! I loved it before, but that quilting is just perfect! :) Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern MOnday and have a great week!

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  15. This quilt is just beautiful. I really love it--the design, the non-binding, the quilting--everything! Congrats on finishing it. I just don't know how you can give it away!

    Elizabeth E.
    occasionalpiece.wordpress.com

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  16. In all honesty this has to be one of the most amazing quilts I've seen all year. Wow wow wow.

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  17. This is a stunning piece of art. You should be quite proud of your work. Keep on stretching.

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  18. Yay!! I am so glad that this came home to live with me along with the beautiful matching coasters. Can I just say that your piecing is amazing?! all those teeny tiny squares make ooh and ahh. Absolutely perfect! I wish I had read this post before asking you about thread, I see you've answered that here! I can't wait to try that out. I love using Valdani perle thread so I'm sure I will love the quilting weight! Thank you again for all the care that you took to make this special for me!

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  19. I saw this as a WIP but missed this post until now - it definitely evokes beachy thoughts, I think it is beautiful and love that you feel like making more. I didn't realise before, that it was a little quilt so maybe you should make a group of them.......

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