Monday, March 17, 2014

Earth - Ta Da!

Earth, a colour study in green

This is Earth. I truly am delighted with this quilt, and she is for my youngest niece so that makes her even more special. She is about 65" square after washing and was made with various Kona greens and Kona snow. The binding is snow too, and she has a nice flannel back which I forgot to photograph.

Earth, a colour study in green - detail after washing

Earth was hand guided free motion quilted on my Millennium long arm. I am learning to mention that hand guided thing, because long arms can be computer guided - I did not buy the computer so that is not going to happen - or one can use a pantograph and follow the design on it with a laser, which again is not really my interest.

Earth, a colour study in green - after washing

These first three photos are after she was washed and dried. One of my worries was that the detailed quilting on a long arm might disappear into mush when the quilt was washed and I am so happy to see that does not happen. You have seen me try most of these quilting designs before but the bottom two - lightning and ocean waves (those are my names) - are new to me.

Earth, a colour study in green - detail before washing

These next photos are before the wash and you can see the difference that washing makes in terms of the texture of the quilting. The biggest difference is on the stipple, which I used for all of the white edges, but it crinkles in the same way it does when I use my regular sewing machine. I have to tell you that stippling is really easy and fast on the long arm.

Earth, a colour study in green - detail before washing

I wanted to show off this quilt for St. Patrick's day. I put a photo of her up on Instagram on Saturday and everyone liked her there.

Earth, a colour study in green - detail before washing

I am going to write the colour study quilts as a pattern with several different sizes. You can see my first one, Radiant Orchid Colour Study here. I hope to get that done by the end of the week. I know this is a very simple pattern but several folks have suggested that it still would be of interest, and I will do all the math for you.

Earth, a colour study in green - detail before washing

I would love to have a couple of pattern testers - all I can give you is a free pattern and my never ending thanks - so if you are interested let me know.

Earth, a colour study in green - before washing

This last photo is before she was washed and before I figured out how to hang her higher the photos. My favourite quilt holder was away on the weekend so the fabric cupboards had to do.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Oh, and tomorrow I have a sponsor give away from Becca at Sew Me a Song, so do come back for that.

Best,


Leanne

49 comments:

Cheryl said...

Great looking quilt, simple but very striking

Wendy said...

Really beautiful. The quilting totally makes it. I know what you mean about long-arm, I can see why people would use a computer if they were doing it as a business, getting quilts quilted quickly, but there doesn't seem much point if you're doing it out of love of quilting

MariQuilts said...

So lovely....way to go on that long arm!!!!

Gill said...

I love your 'Earth' quilt!

Debbie said...

Once again, this is just lovely. I love that your quilting is still 'hand-guided' and of course the variety of quilting designs in this just make it. Nice!

Izzy said...

She is beautiful. I really like the different designs in the quilting.

SIMPLESEW said...

Its Fabulous

What Comes Next? said...

such fun! love the freedom in your hand guided quilting.

elle said...

Another lovely one with the KISS principle. Think green!!!

tusen said...

She's a lovely quilt. So great to see you trying out various quilting patterns on the long arm. The wavy ones might just be my favourite. And as always, I wish I could touch the quilt, the texture looks great.

thevanillayear.com said...

She's a real beauty. And you are a top notch illustrator! I love your free hand 'drawings' on the piece. I'll be happy to pattern test for you - here's my email: jomellenthin@vassar.edu.
best,
Jody

Cheryl said...

I would love to test this for you!

Jessica said...

This is just beautiful. I would LOVE to pattern test for you!

Nilya said...

I don't know what to say! You are my Hero!

Leanne Parsons said...

Another beautiful quilt! I love the variety of quilting designs too. I'd love to test patterns for you.

Vera said...

Your quilting is great. It adds so much. It's more like forest to me than earth. When you say earth I see browns instead :-)

Jean(ie) said...

Love the quilting and it's an AWESOME color study! Applause, applause!

Tina Short said...

I love the quilts and would like to offer myself as a pattern tester from the UK. I'm always looking for new patterns and have a brand new granddaughter who needs lots of new quilts.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

This is very neat Leanne....I envy your quilting!

Michelle@factotum-of-arts.com said...

I love it - what fantastic study of green's and then the quilting - wow!!

Katy Cameron said...

Love all the different textures in this!

Judith, Belfast said...

Reflection and Earth are both stunning! Beautiful quilting too! Looks like you've got the measure of your new toy! Jxo

felicity said...

So so lovely, ,Leanne! If you need more testers let me know.

Tamie said...

Your quilting is amazing. I love how you did something different in the different spaces. Lovely.

carla said...

Hi!!!! She sure is beautiful!!!!

Lea said...

Everything about this quilt is beautiful!! You did a gorgeous job on the quilting.

Lea said...

I showed this quilt to my husband and he loves it too. :)

A Quilter's Mission said...

Looks to me like your are mastering your long arm! This is absolutely beautiful. The crinkle look after a good wash is soooo perfect. LOVE!

Nicole said...

Nicely done, Leanne! I like the different textures you created. And yes, stippling with a long arm is super quick and easy!

margaret said...

you have certainly done lots of quilting on this lovely

Patchwork and Play said...

Gorgeous! I love seeing all the close ups! And how appropriate for St Pat's Day!

Lori Landenburger said...

You betcha I'd like to test it for you!! Givbludplayhocky@yahoo.com. Fun!!!

Laurelle said...

Awesome! I agree where is the fun in a computer doing the quilting! One day when kids leave and I have some space I'm getting a long arm :) One day sigh:) Great job on the quilting, looks beautiful.

pennydog said...

Fantastic quilting, you're really knocking out the finishes this week!

Cindy said...

You're really taking this long arm quilting by storm, Leanne. The variety of quilting in this piece is just wonderful and really keeps your eye entertained. Gorgeous work!

Maria said...

What a breathtaking quilt! I would happily test the pattern if you need more people. I love the simplicity of palette with the striking quilting choices.

Maria said...

Can't tell if you can see my email in the profile... If you want me as a tester the email is mariarenna3000 AT gmail DOT com :)

Kitty said...

This is lovely. I love how simple it is, yet elegant. The different quilting patterns on your long arm are the perfect added touch on this quilt. I am hoping to try different quilting patterns like this on my latest baby quilt finish, but I don't have a longarm. FMQ on my home machine, it is! Depending on your turn-around timeline, I would love to test this pattern for you. thenightquilter at gmail dot com

Spontaneous Threads said...

Another beautiful quilt. And the quilting is fun just like the quilt. I love how you tried different patterns in the different color areas. Leanne- Looks like you already have hordes of pattern testers, but if you need another you an add me to "the list". I think you know where to find me…...

Alexandra Stapleton said...

I don't know what is going on but four times I have tried to comment, my daughter is desperate for the orchid study, I would love to pattern test, I am new to konas and have an amazing rainbow on the shelf just waiting for the right project.

madfabriholic said...

Wow, just wow. It was great even before the quilting, but with that, it's just magnificent.

Patti said...

Ta Da indeed! The texture just jumps through the screen! Love it. If you still need testers, I'd be happy to oblige!

Canadian Abroad said...

Love, love, love this and might also be in love with ocean waves.

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's magnificent! I love the ocean waves quilting - might have to see if I can do this with a walking foot...

Leigh Ann said...

I would love to be a pattern tester! I love your clean lines and your quilting. In case is doesn't give you my address mahaffla AT hotmail DOT com It would be an honor!

Anne said...

Ooooo . . . . I love this one even more than the Radiant Orchid one. Your quilting is fabulous. Must be so fun to play on your new machine.

Audrey Matlock said...

She's absolutely lovely!!!

Michele said...

Pretty, pretty! I love how you used different designs in the various areas.

MNichols said...

I love this quilt and all your quilting! Don't you love your millenium?!!? I would love to be a pattern tester for this quilt! I have a friend who is wanting a wall hanging and I think this might be the perfect pattern and size! Thank you!