Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Constellations for my Valentine

I finished up this quilt just in time to gift it to Matt for Valentine's day! I've always been a fan of Lizzy House's designs, and I was especially excited for her Constellations line because it is her usual whimsical style with a definite "boy" feel to it.

Constellations for my Valentine

I knew that I wanted to make Matt a quilt from this fabric as soon as I saw it. To really make the fabrics sparkle, I pieced some small quarter-square triangles as the focal point. Then I offset the quarter-square triangles with some solid in a soft blue-grey (Moda Bella solid....I don't remember what color!). Next I added a thin frame in the Twinkle Twinkle print from the constellations line (black colorway), and offset the piecing a bit more with the same blue-grey solid.
(Reality check: I initially tried to skew the center piecing. Yikes! That did not go well!)

Constellations for my Valentine 

I used a bamboo blend batting for this quilt, and it is SO soft and nice to work with! It seems a tiny bit thinner than the cotton batting that I typically use, but it really gives the quilt a soft, cozy finish. (I would perhaps suggest basting a bit closer together with this batting though. I used the same batting for another quilt which included a piece of an old bedsheet for the backing, and I had a bit of shifting - not something I was expecting!)
When it came time to quilt this piece, I couldn't resist quilting dense (1/2" apart), straight lines. It took several hours, but I love the look. I think it works really well with the simple piecing and the more masculine colorway. For binding, I used some Kaffe Fassett Aboriginal Dots in charcoal. The darker binding finished the quilt off just right, I think!

Constellations for my Valentine 

On the back I used some Kona solid in iron and the Twinkle Twinkle print in black.
(Finished size is 60" x 80".)

Constellations for my Valentine

Matt seems quite pleased to have his own quilt (this is only the second quilt I've ever made just for him!), and I'm quite happy to keep this one around!
Now I'm off to finish up a bit of last minute packing. Tomorrow I'm traveling to Austin for QuiltCon! If you're attending, be sure to introduce yourself!

Constellations for my Valentine


Lynette said...

Nice one! Love the quilting you chose for it.

Carla said...

Very very nice. Love all that quilting.

felicity said...

Gorgeous!! I love the quilting!

Annabella said...

Beautiful man quilt - the front is stunning and the twinkle twinkle fabric looks fabulous on the backing. Have fun at QuiltCon!

Betty said...

Great quilt and way to use a grouping of FQ's - I always struggle with that!

Heather D. said...

Wonderful quilt Nikki. I love the colours you chose. Perfectly boy-ish!

Marla said...

Beautiful finish

Pat said...

Love this quilt. I ordered the fat eighth bundle of this fabric when I saw it on your blog - but I can see I'm going to have to get more. :D

Amy said...

Love this! He definitely made out better than John... lol
See ya soon! --Amy laloba@gmail.com

Debbie said...

oh I love this!

Emily said...

love this quilt Nicole! It was fun meeting you at QuiltCon (I am one of the Emilies from Chicago) and I love your work :)

Ellie Q said...

What a great quilt! Love the colors and the pattern!