OK ... well it only took 11 months to go from design table to finished quilt ;-).
I started playing with this baby back here and here.
I was trying tome new things and was quite happy with how it came out. I ended up with two different versions. This is the 2nd, the first one was a completed quilt which I posted here.
This one the first one (the time consumer one) that I started with. I like this one slightly better than the other. And almost always like a quilt that's been done with tighter meandering quilting than a casual one with more spaced out straight line quilts.
This one is made from all Kona solids on the front and measures 40" x 49" now that it's been quilted and washed.
The back is a single piece that I picked up my LQS ... it has just enough detail in it to give it a little life without needing any additional piecing. The binding is from a bit of material (unnamed) that I picked up as an end-of-bolt from the same store.
My brother Patrick, a LTC in the Army, just got a plumb assignment ... commanding one of the Battalions of the 82nd Airborne at Ft. Bragg, NC. He and his girlfriend, Katherine, have moved from the DC area and set up household together in NC. This was their housewarming/Christmas present.
It's difficult for military spouses ... the Army decides where you go ... and often with little interest in where you would like to go. Two careers can be tough to manage. I give Katherine a lot of credit, she's done a great job in her role in DC and they've agreed to let her tele-commute from NC in a trial situation. It takes a lot of guts to do what she's doing ... walking away from being seen every day and being considered for promotions to sitting on the sidelines and having to do an increasingly great job to stand out.
That said ... they've set up house. She sent me the photo of their new family room.
And her inspiration photo.
And I came up with this.
And here's the back.
And here's the new quilt (and the Christmas tree skirt I made them -- a different post) under their tree.
I wish them tons of success and joy in their new roles.
A friend of mine helped me host a surprise birthday party for John in March 2014. I had made this quilt to say thank you. Sadly, it was the quilt I was working on when I had all my stitching challenges with my Juki last year.
So I held on to it all the way up until we went over to see them just before the holidays. I eventually thought that they would value a quilt that they could use more than one that I held back because I wasn't happy with some stitching.
I'm not going to post many pics, as it is not my favorite quilt of all time. It was based on this quilt, which I did love, and that I tried to replicate here.
But since all quilts are not perfect quilts … I decided to go ahead an post this one here … it is part of the growth experience yes?
This one's been awhile in the making. It's a 10th Anniversary present for some friends who celebrated their 11th Anniversary this past October ... yup, it's been a while in the making.
Another mutual friend of ours created a painting for them several years ago which hangs over their fireplace. I used that for the color pallet. My inspiration quilt is here and my first attempt at making a quilt from this type of inspiration is here.
I was OK with how my first version came out ... but must say I am pretty happy with this version.
The colors are bright, I am happy with how the piecing went and the way it ultimately laid out.
The free-motion straight line quilting actually went better than I had anticipated. I used my new Fons & Porter mechanical chalk pencil to do the straight lines on the dark fabric. Worked FABULOUS. (I was so tired of being unable to sharpen my white chalk pencil without breaking the lead out of the pencil repeatedly).
The colors on this one are just so happy, it makes me smile to look at them.
The back is pretty simple, with very little piecing. The binding is my now standard zig zag based on the inspiration from Rachel at Stitched in Color.
All Kona solids. The finished quilt measures out at a generous 66" x 54". Perfect for the happy couple to share on a couch on a rainy (it is Seattle after all) afternoon for a movie.
Happy New Year to all ... my 2015 resolution is to get a bit more of my stuff up on the blog ... I love sharing the work and hearing your comments and questions ... hopefully I will find more time as I head into the new year.
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