Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy day!!

Joe's quilt!


I admit: At times, I thought the day would never come! But here we are! Joe's quilt is done and he's snuggling under it on the couch as I write this (baby Maggie is in my lap "helping" me with this post).

I started cutting this quilt out in December, 2010. Yes, you read that right. It has been two years and three months. I do love quilting. But I am not known for my speed. I tend to take on ambitious projects, decide to entirely hand-quilt them, and then occasionally quilt in short bursts of activity, followed by long periods of  trying to ignore the unfinished quilts sitting in piles collecting dust. This is only the second quilt I've ever done. But I love it!! So I might have to do more. In fact, it's possible that I have already starting cutting and piecing a quilt for Maggie. *Ducks.*

Anyway, this is the "Flock of Triangles" pattern from Denyse Schmidt's Quilts. As I dimly recall (it has been a while), I wanted something classic, clean, and boyish (without use of novelty prints), that  would use lots of stripes and plaids, because I love stripes and plaids in quilts. And of course it needed a little pop of yellow.

The first thing Joe noticed about the quilt was the blue print with "red flowers." He is neutral about the checks and plaids, and even the kid prints, but wishes it had more flowers! Love that kid.

My triangle piecing leaves something to be desired - don't look too hard at my points (or more like, lack of points). But, whatever. It's my second quilt ever. I love it, and I'm proud of it.

Joe's quilt!


At one point, I considered bright yellow binding, but in the end, I went with navy, which lets the little pops of yellow shine. It is backed with a buttery soft shirting stripe that has bits of yellow and orange in it. It washed up so crinkly and nice.

Joe's quilt!



It's hand-quilted, mostly along diagonal lines, with one vertical seam through each row of white triangles. I thought this would give it more of a traditional "flying geese" look. I love how even very imperfect hand-quilting looks so charming and fresh in the end.

Joe's quilt!


Wow. That was a lot of work. So glad it's done! And now, to start a new one ...  (Yes, I am certifiably insane. What else is new?)

14 comments:

  1. This looks gorgeous. Congratulations on getting it done!

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  2. I love it Inder! It is beautiful and something very special for Joe to keep always.
    I am looking forward to (slowly) hearing about Maggie's

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  3. It's gorgeous and the hand quilting definitely makes it. Aim to have Maggie's done by the time she can articulate what she loves about it, too :)

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  4. way to go, inder! you rocked it! lovely and timeless.

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  5. It's really really lovely Inder, well done. Love that Joe loves the flowers :-) And I think it's nice to have a long term project or two just waiting patiently to be picked up again, sort of soothing if you know what I mean.

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  6. Congratulations!! Honestly that is not so long to be working on a quilt. They require some serious effort! Anyway you got it to him early enough that he will likely never remember life without it, once he's a bit older. Way to go!

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  7. This is so beautiful! i love this choice of quilt pattern and fabric colors/prints, you are so good at selecting the perfect fabric for a project :) It looks old fashioned and modern at the same time, how did you do that?? Anyways great work! can't wait to see maggie's

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  8. Congratulations! That's a big deal! I love the colors and the design too.

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  9. Nice work!! I like hand quilting, too. Your quilt is gorgeous, and hey-- that's two years and three months of love tied up in there. Makes it extra cozy.

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  10. Hand quilted? It is gorgeous! And well worth the time it took to make it!

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  11. Gorgeous! Love the pop of yellow... Handquilting is so worth the finished result. Considering all the other sewing you do I don't think 2 1/2 years to make something this labor intensive is all that much.

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  12. Gorgeous!!! Love the blue with pops of yellow. I made the same pattern and found the triangle points to be a real challenge.

    The hand-quilting is beautiful and gives the quilt extra "wow"! I wish I had your patience.

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