Thursday, 1 August 2013

A finished quilt.

I am pretty excited to share a finish with you today.  The quilt is my version of Up, Up and Away by Amanda Jean from Crazy Mom Quilts.  It is another quilt from Sunday Morning Quilts.

I used 3" squares (finished) in various whites/off whites/beiges, and different sizes triangles from my scraps.

I thought I would save hand sewing the binding (one of my favourite parts of quilt making) for later, but I did find myself with a few occasions to do hand work and could not resist:  keeping company to a nursing mom, a kids soccer practice... I had everything but 5 inches done as of this morning, and I managed the last few stitches during a phone conference at work (don't tell my boss).  And yes, it was only about 5 inches.  Well, maybe more like 7 or 8...

At lunch time, I took my quilt for a walk and my friend happily obliged when I asked her to be the quilt holder.  We were in a bit of a rush, and there were few spots that did not have a big crowd.  It's our International Busker Festival, and the Waterfront was busy! 

I forgot to take pictures of the back at lunch time, so I did it when I got back home, without a helper.  Wanting something other than a lawn shot, I relied on good old hockey equipment...  You can't tell but I am using a  hockey stick as a weight to hold the quilt.  We have lots of those handy, even in 28C weather.   Crazy Canadians!

I can't tell you how much I LOVE that print in the back.  Of course, I have no idea what it's called.  I have had it in my stash for a while and it is just the happiest print.  I would have had enough for the whole back, but that would not have been as much fun, right?

Here's a couple close ups of the quilting: I chose to quilt this lightly, with only two lines going through each blocks.  I love the texture it gives, without making it stiff.

I used Aurifil 50w in a very light pink.  Which I realize you can't really see on the picture.

I had so many choices for the binding... everything I tried looked great.  In the end this orange gingham-type print won my heart.

After these pictures were taken, I threw the quilt in the wash for that wonderful crinkly look.  Check the before and after:

Before the wash
After the wash

To be totally honest, even though I generally prefer quilts when they are crinkly, I thought this one actually looked better before.  Oh well!  Quilts are made to be used, and I am not going to hold off using quilts just so I can maintain them in their unwashed glory... better loved and crinkly than not used!  
Here's a final shot.  I am sure I am breaking pretty much every basic rule for composition,  but I had lots of fun pretending I knew what I was doing photo-wise.
I am linking up to TGIFF at Quokka Quilts.   It's only Thursday here, but as the song says, "it's five o'clock Friday somewhere"!
What have you finished recently?


  1. Yay! I love it, Dominique. A wonderful scrappy, but clean look. So glad you linked up to TGIFF!

  2. Wonderful finish, Dominique! Great quilt and a lovely backdrop for the photos! Congrats!

  3. Lovely finish! I like the fabric on the back too!

  4. Hurrah! That's a lovely finish! Thanks for linking up!

  5. What a beautiful quilt. I don't think you break the "rules of photography", I like the picture with the boat very, very much.

  6. Such a happy quilt ... I've got some triangle scraps left over from binding quilts - hmm food for thought :0)

  7. Up, Up and Away turned out wonderfully! It is so fun to read the quilt story behind a quilt...the real life that happens during it's making. Fun photo shoot on the waterfront :o) Total agreement on the backing fabric...beautiful!

  8. So loving this quilt........I have been looking at this pattern for awhile now and I am even more inspired to start it. Your quilt is simply BEAUTIFUL! Stopping by from Quokkaquilts TGIFF. Have a great weekend ...Marie (

  9. That turned out fantastic. :) And I do love the crinkly look too - makes it look more loved. :)

    And don't worry about photographic composition - the photos turned out very well and spotlight your quilt perfectly!

  10. Yay! This is so much fun! And I'm with you--I love that print on the back! So cheerful! :)

  11. Ha ha, you story made me laugh and your quilt is fabulous! Great idea to use up those little scraps of solids!
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  12. I love this one, Dominique! So crisp! It photographed really well on the waterfront!

  13. This quilt is awesome - and I love how the off colored whites make the blocks look like fish if you hold it jumped out at me in that photo at the water. Beautiful!

  14. your up up and away quilt is amazing!!! I love that you used larger squares (smart!) and that you used a variety of whites in the mix. it's a beautiful finish!


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