Sunday, July 8, 2012

The long overdue quilt post!

Tomorrow Addy and I will be on our way to Illinois for 16 days. Now that the list-making and packing are done (I fit 2 pairs of running shoes, 2 pairs of sandals, heels, 2 dresses plus all other essentials for the trip in a small roller bag!!), I thought I'd blog a bit! This quilt has been finished for a few weeks, but we just found the time to take pictures of it this afternoon.
I started this quilt as part of the Sparkle Quilt-Along over at Canoe Ridge Creations and In Color Order.  The large blocks of print in the center of each sparkle immediately attracted me to this quilt, and reminded me that I had a small stash of Innocent Crush just begging to be cut up! I decided to use a landscape layout for these blocks, because I intend to hang this quilt behind our couch (one day, when our couch is actually up against a wall!).
Sparkle Quilt - front 
For the quilt top I paired a medium grey solid (similar to Kona medium grey, but I think it's a Cotton Couture solid) with 12 prints from Innocent Crush. I quilted horizontal straight lines with a chartreuse thread, and about 8" from the end I ran out! I finished the quilting with a bright blue thread, and then I went back through the quilt and randomly picked out a few lines of chartreuse quilting only to replace them with quilting lines in the bright blue. I love the effect of having the blue quilting lines sprinkled throughout the quilt. You can see a bit of the quilting in this picture, this is the end where I ran out of chartreuse thread:
For the back, I pieced all of my scraps together and filled in the gaps with some solids that I had on hand. The pink is Kona in pomegranate, the purple is Kona in eggplant and the brown is Kona in taupe. I love that the quilting runs vertically when the quilt is hung this way. I think it flows so well!
Sparkle Quilt - back
Another shot of the back:
Sparkle Quilt - back 
I left a label off of this quilt so that I could hang it with either side facing out.
Sparkle Quilt - back
Quilt stats:
Innocent Sparkles
42" x 56"
Fabrics: Innocent Crush, Kona solids, Cotton Couture solid (I think!)
Binding: Quilter's Linen in magenta, I think!
I'm so happy to have this quilt finished! I don't like to have a ton of WIPs, plus I wasn't in love with this quilt before the quilting. I think that's probably why I chose to quilt it with bright colored thread-I wanted to jazz up the flat feeling that I was left with when staring at all of the grey! Now that it's quilted, though, I'm totally in love with it. Unfortunately our living room doesn't allow for our couch to sit against a I'll just have to wait to hang this one.
I have a few more projects to share (some of which are gifts for friends in IL) so hopefully when I'm back at the end of July I will be able to blog a bit more regularly!


felicity said...

Love it. The quilting is brilliant - and indeed jazzes it up. It was already pretty great and you made it fantastic!

Safe travels!

Kirsten said...

Beautiful! Love the quilting too.

Debbie said...

This is awesome! Love your fabric choices and the quilting too. A very fine finish!

Little Island Quilting said...

The back is especially fantastic. Great finish.

Deb said...

I LOVE both sides!! Love the colors and thread. Have a fun and safe time away.

Lucy | Charm About You said...

WOW that is beautiful!! Both sides are gorgeous and I almost prefer the bright back, stunning! :)

Carla said...

Fabulous quilt! Love the legs!

Kelsey said...

What a fabulous quilt - both sides are great!