Saturday, March 10, 2012

Colour +, Ta Da!

Colour +

Introducing: Colour +. All done, washed and out in the sun. This quilt is about 60" x 72".

Colour + - before washing

This photo is before I washed it. I made this quilt as part of the Across the Sea QAL which was run by  Sarah from Fairyface Design and Jennifer from Ellison Lane Quilts late last spring. Unfortunately, I fell behind the group and am only now catching up. By the way, they still have all the instructions available, if you wanted to make one of these now.

Colour + - done, before washing

I truly love this quilt, so you get many pictures. I used Kaffe Fassett and other Westminister Fabrics prints in very bright colours together with Kona Charcoal. The back is Charcoal and plain. I quilted it with Superior Threads King Tut thread in a dark variegated grey/black/brown called obsidian.

Colour + - quilting detail before washing

Here are a couple of shots of the quilting. I wanted to do an all over pattern but I wanted to learn something new. So I ended up doing free motion rounded squares.  There is a 70's vibe to this pattern.

Colour + - detail, before washing

That is a very close up before washing. And by the way, charcoal is very hard to photograph, that photo is the closest to the right colour. You can see that my squares are very rounded and sometimes really loopy - so I am going to just say that I planned it that way.

Colour + - detail after washing

Here it is after washing. Much better. All the fabrics were pre-washed before I started the quilt.

Colour + - detail, after washing

And here are those same six blocks after washing. I washed the quilt in warm water and threw it in my dryer on regular heat. The thread and the batting have shrunk just enough to draw the rounded squares in nicely. This quilt is ready for movie night -pizza, pop, popcorn and such - the washing and drying has been test driven and no one needs to worry.

Colour + - detail

Here is the arty, textured shot. The washing and drying really changed the drape of the quilt too, now it is much more like a comfy blanket instead of stiff and board-like.

Colour + - binding

I went for a really bright binding, one of the K. Fassett prints. It is hand stitched on the back as I cannot get the hang of machine stitching my bindings, despite trying a few times now and patient explanations from my friends.

Colour +

One more photograph of it all washed and outside. You can see our snow is melting, it has been a beautiful, warm Saturday.

So besides being a chance to prove that I do make more than mini quilts, this marks my third finish in Rhonda from Quilter in the Gap's Finish-A-Long. I am not sure I can manage another finish before the end of March but there are three more projects on my list so I am going to keep moving on them.

I hope you are having a great weekend.

Edited: I am going to link this lovely finish to {Sew} Modern Monday, hosted by Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations and on Tuesday to Fabric Tuesday, hosted by Heather and Megan at Quilt Story. The buttons are over on the right side of my blog. These link events have so many great projects every week, I try to visit as many as I can and hope you will enjoy them too.

And do come here to say for my one year blog birthday and enter my giveaway.

Edited to add: I am linking this finish up with Rhonda at Quilter in the Gaps FAL First Quarter Report. My post of my FAL first quarter goals is here.
Best,

Leanne

27 comments:

  1. Washing really does change a quilt, doesn't it? It looks really good. And way to go on finishing some things up!

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  2. I like it!!! The quilting really works.

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  3. Show stopper. Nice quilt, but you already knew that as you couldn't help taking every conceivable quilt picture possible! :)

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  4. Beautiful, Leanne! I love the bright colors against the charcoal and your quilting looks really fun. Congratulations on another fabulous finish!

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  5. Woohoo, it looks fab, love the bright colours against the dark background, and love that square FMQ!

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  6. oh I love this, Leanne! Your quilting is awesome - I so want to try that! And the bright prints are so nice against the dark background. Love that you washed it right up to put it to use! What a nice finish...

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  7. It looks fabulous, I love it. Love the bright binding against the charcoal.

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  8. Lovely, lovely quilt! I love seeing the before/after shots too! That binding is stunning against the charcoal background! Happy snuggling!

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  9. Wow you are doing well with your finishes! That quilt is gorgeous!

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  10. I loved making this quilt and your turned out Si, Si pretty. I just love a bumpy, crinkled quilt. It will be much loved I am sure

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  11. I really really like it! I love bright prints and the charcoal sets them off beautifully. Great free motion paths!

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  12. What a finish! Looks lovely - everything together! wish you many happy good movie popcorn pizza nights!

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  13. WOW Leanne, soooo pretty. I LOVE this one.. all of the bright colors, and perfect background and backing, the pattern, everything about it..so gorgeous!!

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  14. It is stunning an d well worth finishing - my next one on the FAL list is one of those quilts too! But I am changing it a bit...lots of paper pieced triangles in the border!

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  15. What a lovely quilt. I love how the colours pop against the charcoal.

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  16. Wow L! This is gorgeous! I love the KF against the charcoal. And great quilting too - well done for trying out something new - it really works! Jxo

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  17. I loved the quilts with the dark background in this QAL. Beautiful. I never wash my quilts after, am I meant to?

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  18. Another stunner Leanne - I love how all the quilts from this QAL are so dufferent xxx

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  19. Love the quilt, but the quilting is really something special!!

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  20. love the quilt and the quilting. Those colours are fabulous

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  21. I like it very much in its crinkly glory :)
    Great quilting, too.

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  22. Awesome! I just love it, and the charcoal background is so striking with the bright colours.

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  23. I love the quilt and the quilting in all its crinkly glory!

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  24. Striking quilt! It caught my eye on Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story. Your machine quilting perfectly complements the pattern and "feel" of the quilt. I too like the way a quilt improves and becomes softer, drapier, puckered up, with washing. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Love the quilting on this!!!! Oh and the colors!!!!

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  26. This is gorgeous! I love it, so pretty and really lets the fabrics shine! Good job!

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  27. It's beautiful! I really love your quilting as well.

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