Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Finished! Sew New to Me VQB Quilt!


Here she is! I had the month of January for the Sew New to Me vqb on Flickr and its finally done! Wow, only took me 2 months... I think thats a new record for me! hehe
Each of the girls made me 1 or 2 blocks out of my selected fabric, mailed them back to me... then I squared up each block to 20" stitched them into rows, and voila! Final measurement is about 80" by 80."

Here are closeups of each block, thanks to all my girls! They're all unique, and fabulous!






Thank the Lord we had just perfect weather today! Sunny and about 70 degrees... therefore I felt obligated to take lots of photos.

Closeup of free-motion stippling, only took me 3 days to complete. Yes, another record for me!


And the back, pieced from scraps that I was willing to NOT keep for my stash:

The solids in this quilt are Kona Coal, Ash, Grass Green, and Cactus. Oddly enough, I didn't purchase enough Kona Ash the first time around, so I got half way through squaring up the blocks and ran out... so I go to Joanns and bought more... of course its a slightly different shade of Coal since its a different batch. You can hardly tell in these photos, I think. I've learned my lesson though. Thats what I get for not having a full fledged plan from the beginning.

I used an organic cotton/bamboo blend batting, which is a bit of a splurge (especially for this size of a quilt) but SOOOO worth it! Its soft, and washes well. I hope it lasts for a hundred years...


All folded and yummy:


I couldn't decide on just one fabric for the binding, so I bought all 3:
Amy Butler - Full Moon Polka Dot
Michael Miller - Ta-dot
Heather Bailey - Nicey Jane, Welcome Road in Olive

I love it all - and I'm so happy its done before baby arrives. I'm really quite proud of myself for knocking this out!




All washed up and crinkly.... In its new home:


And Hazel approves :-)


I plan on using this quilt every chance I get. Do you blame me? It will go on vacation to Norris Lake (Tennessee) in June... and probably on many a picnic.

So, what have you been dying to finish, but just haven't gotten around to yet?
Whatever it is - off you go! You can do it!

I might be able to post one more time before baby arrives. Yes, I think I might.... but then again, no promises!

38 comments:

Danielle said...

it's lovely!

Alisa said...

It's beautiful! It looks great on your bed. Way to go, getting it finished.

Don't tire yourself out now. Save your energy for delivering that babe! :-)

Heather said...

OMGosh!! That turned out fabulous!!! I can't believe you made such a large quilt that quick mama!! jeeze... you're putting me to shame! haha

xo, Heather

Mary said...

Modern and fabulous . . . I love it!

wishes, true and kind said...

Unique and fabulous is right! What a great quilt!

Ruth said...

congratulations cristin! the quilt is beautiful!!!

Gretchen said...

it looks terrific! it's fun to be able to contribute to something that will be a part of someone else's life. enjoy the quilt - and that little baby when he finally arrives!

Jen said...

Beautiful! You did a fabulous job on this! It's so pretty!!

Blue Is Bleu said...

Wow it's absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful job!

Cathy said...

A divine quilt, I adore the colours you sent out to the girls, and what a great job everyone has done on your blocks. I'm sure this will be a favourite. Great stippling and I love the back! xo

Sarah said...

Cristin, this quilt is absolutely stunning! Wow!!! I can't believe you quilted it in 3 days - is this part of your "nesting"??!! I love the colours, the fabrics, the size, the quilting... everything!

Sarah said...

Looks great!

Connie said...

Looks very pretty on your bed. beautiful work. HAPPY SEWING!

daisysewing said...

That is gorgeous! And I love what you did with the back - it's so totally revisible. What an inspiring post!

Leslie said...

this looks absolutely amazing!

Melanie said...

It's beautiful, Cristin! You did a great job! What a special quilt to have.

janssen designs said...

What a gorgeous quilt Cristin!! Hope you don't have to wait too many more days for baby to arrive! cheers

Katie B. said...

This is beautiful! You did a fantastic job.

elle said...

Nice quick finish. Great job!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Oh, it looks great! And so perfect with those pillowcases!
But I would not take it on too many picnics, it isn't worth the risk for stains.

felicity said...

Completely and utterly gorgeous! The blocks are all fabulous, and the setting is just perfect. Congratulations on getting this baby done before your other baby arrives!!!

I'm dying to tackle a "New Wave" quilt (Oh Fransson tute/pattern) with some Flights of Fancy FQs I got a while ago, but first I have to finish one more project whose deadline is looooooming.

izzy inspired said...

BE-AUTIFUL (said just like Jim Carey in Bruce Almighty)!!! I am so in love with this green grey combo, every time I look at it I fall deeper.

Kerri said...

it is sew beautiful!! i LOVE it!! :) how fun to see all the blocks together in a quilt!!

Lisa Calle | Sophia Aster said...

It looks fabulous! I especially love that photo of Hazel all stretched out. Too cute.

idreamofquilts said...

This is so pretty! And you used four of my favorite Kona cotton colors for the back! I love how different each of the blocks are.

freshlemons said...

Our first bee quilt done - and by someone past their due date! You are too productive! Now you can go have your baby. :-P

It looks AMAZING! The back is to die for.

ROZ said...

Great quilt, I like the colors so much

Sunshine said...

This quilt turned out to be stunning - maybe that's why baby-boy has been waiting! You had time to finish the quilt!

Now he'll be an Easter baby! Very cool :)
Cheers,
Christine

Cori said...

The quilt is absolutely gorgeous!! Fantastic job with that. And best wishes for a smooth and quick delivery.

Morgan said...

It turned out great!!!

megan said...

It's sooo pretty! What calming colors for your room. It's great to take advantage of that last burst of crazy nesting energy!

One Shabby Chick said...

wow Cristin - it's so fabulous! I need to finish up a big one like this too...yours is amazing! Now on to your next big project (having Baby) - good luck :-)

Laura said...

beautiful-- you should be proud! ellie is just 2 weeks old now and i havent been feeling too motivated to start on anything, but this quilt is pretty inspiring... hmm... might have to spend some time in the studio today between feedings! best of luck with everything cristin!

Aunt Spicy said...

That really is a stunning quilt, so impressed with how quickly you got it done, way to go! And what a great idea! And it turned out so beautifully!

sew+mad said...

This is totally coooool!!! love it!!wow!!

Béa said...

Modern and beautiful, I love it very much. Hugs from France.

Madame Samm said...

I really love this one..you know that...great job all of you...many at STash are loving it too..I have received many notes directly, excited about you YOUNG quilters..lol

Heather D. said...

Beautiful! I love the variety of blocks and the negative space.