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.