Friday, 13 September 2013

Deerly beloved: a quilt is finished

Yes I have a quilt alllllll finished just for you.

And there was a break in the weather today, so I managed to take some photos too. It's fair to say this is no longer my least favourite quilt. In fact, now that the memory of making that quilt top is fading, it may be becoming one of my favourites. BQF has declared it is so.

What do you think?  Would you be miserable if you received this as a wedding gift?

Your accolades may now flood in.

A real outdoor photo and everything

The brown is no longer a focus, once the brown blocks were put together and spread throughout the quilt. I also think the red polka dot binding gives it a real lift too.* 

Oh the wonderful feeling of a finished quilt in the sunshine

Those points don't look too bad - they're not perfect, but no outrageous whoopsies. And it's not as if anyone will be looking too hard for poor sewing!

My treasured piece of Oh Deer print - looking good

Hubby insisted on straight-line quilting. That was no skin off my nose - it's a lot quicker and the quilt drapes so much more softly than with stippling. The lines are 1/4" out either side of the thin strips on the front. I like how it looks on the back. 


There be straight line quilting

The large scale print on the back is still one of my favourites. I sacrificed all 2 metres I had, and sashed it with the same pearl solid I used on the front. I was so worried the front would look awful that I wanted one side to look good. As it turns out, the front doesn't look so bad after all!  But the back is probably my favourite. On seeing the back, Princess informed me that "this is beautiful Mummy.  Perhaps this can be my quilt?"  Yeah - I don't think so, honey.

Here's the binding!

Riley Blake small dots.  How I love thee in every colour

Now it needs to go through the wash (I've got to get me some of those colour catchers first) and then be labelled. I know, I forgot the label before quilting again. *sigh*. Then it will be in the post and winging its way half way around the world to the happy couple. It's only two months since the wedding - and they will be past the excitement of their first gifts now, so surely it's better that this has been stretched out?

Stats:

Fabric - Oh Deer by Momo for Moda together with pearl solid (requires the equivalent of one patterned and one solid layer cake for the top).  Binding - Riley Blake small dot
Batting - 100% low loft cotton
Size - 64" x 80"
Pattern - disappearing four patch - cut 1.5" from the centre (tutorial on my quilty links and resources page)

Linking up to all the wonderful linky parties (see my linky page). Howdy visitors!

* or some zing. Or pazazz.  You choose.

29 comments:

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I agree that the back is my favorite! your red with white polks dots binding is perfect. Thank you for sharing! I just linked my ABC BOW and am working on getting caught up.

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Woohoo! It's a lovely quilt! Well done on a fab finish! I love the back just as much - beautiful way to feature that gorgeous print!

Susie said...

I really really like this quilt. I also adore the fabric (I have made bath mats with it) and the icing on the cake is the backing. I think you have done a superb job. They happy couple will love it.

Julie said...

I would be extremely happy to receive this as a wedding gift. I think the print on the back would have to be one of my favourites too.

Enjoy your weekend

DeborahGun said...

Absolutely gorgeous :-)

Sarah Lizzie said...

Clap..clap!! Cheer...cheer!! Applause...applause!! The happy couple will love your quilt! Front...back...you have done a sterling job! I must say I am rather partial to the deer print as well!

RobotMomSews said...

Omg if the happy couple doesn't adore it, send it my way!! I love it!!! The colors, the red binding, and of course the back. Just lovely!!!

Paula said...

I love that quilt, front and back. It's all just gorgeous and will be much loved I'm sure.

quiltswithpersonality said...

GORGEOUS GORGEOUS... love the quilt and that backing fabric is amazing. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Whoop Whoop. Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

sarahquilts.com said...

I love it! I'm glad you persevered. It gives me strength thinking about some of the persevering I need to do.

PugMom said...

I think the quilt is just lovely and the back is equally fabulous. If the couple doesn't like it, please have them send it to me.
Nancy at PugMomQuilts!

Sarah Craig said...

What a gorgeous quilt! One of my favorite lines of fabric, and I love the way you dealt with the colors to make it make you happy!!! Whoop whoop for you!!

PS love your "cast of characters"!!

Wendy said...

it's gorgeous, I love it!

~Diana said...

ACCOLADES ACCOLADES! What a great quilt!

Cheryl in Friendsville said...

It's a beautiful quilt! Every design decision was exactly the right one! Well done! (clapping hands)

Muddling Through said...

Really beautiful quilt and your quilting is superb!

Janet M. said...

This is quilt is beautiful and I love how you framed out your backing fabric! Such a great way to feature a great piece of fabric without having to buy yards and yards of it.

wombatquilts.com said...

Seriously fabulous. Love the pattern. Love the fabric.

Esther F. said...

I love the back AND the front!
Esther
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Glinda ♥ said...

Nope, wouldn't be miserable AT ALL to receive this! Beautiful work ... again :)

M-R Charbonneau said...

Oh Liz, it's wonderful! So glad you linked up to TGIFF!

Terri said...

Love the front, love the back, love the post! Who wouldn't love that quilt.
Thanks for sharing it.
Hugs

Leonie said...

Yay for you! how great it feels to finish something! Looks fantastic and I am sure they will Love it! have a great weekend :)

Julianne said...

Oh beautiful!

Kelly Young said...

Liz, this quilt is really gorgeous! I know from my Springtime Blooms quilt that D4P's can be a lot of tedious work with lots of seam matching, but this came out so beautifully. You've showcased the awesome backing fabric really well on the backing too! Anyone would be thrilled to receive this quilt.

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

pandchintz said...

I'm seriously thinking of getting married again - can I have one too??!!

Megan said...

It's beautiful! So glad you fell in love with it again. I have a feeling that slump in the middle where you go off your creation might be just be part of the process - it seems to happen to me every time.

Lee said...

Gorgeous, I love it! : )

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Amazing! What a spectacular wedding gift!