Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bound and finished

For a little while there I thought that finishes could be a little overated but now I've finished the Licorice Allsorts quilt, I might change my mind on that one. The pattern is in the book Quilt Romance by Kaffe Fassett. Mine measures approximately 73"x76"
Love the big stitch quilting in varigated perle #8 and love the texture and softness of the quilt.
Love the bias binding that echoes the colours of the little flowers in the background fabric.
Love the big blooms on the back.
Love the finish!
I used a different batting on this one. It is the Quilters Dream Orient, a mixture of bamboo, silk, tencel ( a plant fibre) and cotton. It's very smooth and soft, has a bit more body than the Quilters Dream 100% cotton which I normally use. It has lovely drapability but being denser than the other batting I use, I don't think I'd use it for finer hand quilting.
I'd love to use this one again for big stitch quilting and it would be fantastic for machine quilting.
I have washed the quilt which was my big test for it and I never got any pilling which you often get with a bamboo batt.
Oh and P.S I love little Miss Ella who is going to get the quilt after I fondle it for a couple of weeks.

112 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow, how beautiful!

Dolly said...

Oh, I'm glad that I'm the first to comment !
What a wonderful finish !
Yes, yes, YES on all the "love"s !

Loving it all and wish I could snooze an afternoon away under it !
Great job !
Woo Hooooooooooo!

Dolly said...

Well, I guess I wasn't quick enough.....took me too long to wipe the drool off the keyboard !

Dawn said...

This turned out just stunning! I love your big stitch quilting on this :)

Stephanie said...

Really spectacular! I didn't know bamboo batting pilled.

Funoldhag said...

What a gorgeous quilt! Absolutely beautiful. I enjoy looking in on your blog - was pulled in by that fabulous wedding ring quilt in your header. Carol

alobsiger said...

BRILLIANT, Janet! Oh how I love it!!! It looks simply fantastic! I'll bet you'll miss this beauty!

Julia said...

Wow Janet, how beautiful...I love it all too.
Must try the big quilting stitch..looks fab!
Julia ♥

Merry Made Quilts said...

Simply Gorgeous!! I'm in love with it!!

Deb said...

Janet it is glorious - I love everything about it too. What a lucky girl Ella is to receive so much love in quilt form.

PatchworkRose said...

Just love the finished quilt and those gorgeous flowers on the back. The big stitches are perfect. I am sure Miss Ella will love and Treasure it :-)
Cheers
Lynne

Terry said...

Oh it's just so lovely! I'll have to look for some of that variegated perle cotton. I've used the plain white once or twice on smaller projects and I like how it looks.

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

My mother just gave me "Quilt Romance" for my birthday. I really love the Pickle Dish pattern, but I love your Licorice version even more.

Congratulations on a beautiful quilt. I will have to try making one, one of these days, it is joining the queue of projects in my head.

broderie said...

oh it's lovely janet, well done to you and it looks great draped over the fence! very beautiful!

Sujata Shah said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I am amazed how quickly you finished it! I love the first shot of it hanging over the fence ad the last one where it sparkles!

Sandy said...

This looks so soft...and comfy! I love big stitch ever since I read your blogs a couple of moons ago, made a pinwheel and did big stitch with Perle white- just saw a picture today with the baby playing on it! Will send an email with an attachment- I wish you would post more often, but then you might not quilt as much! Sandy

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Did you hear me gasp when I saw the pictures? You did a fabulous job putting this together. I love the quilting, too.

Monica said...

I'm lovin' it!

Jackie said...

Janet, What can I say, it is just gorgeous!! The colors, the quilting, everything. Don't you love that batting? It is one that I stock for my long arm customers and it really is quite soft and drapable. Does very well with machine quilting, nice review for the hand quilting! It would be difficult for me to give this one away.

Denice Barker said...

That is one stupendous quilt!! Oh, my gosh. No..no..I'm ok,just swooning....

Wanda said...

Gorgeous! I've watched your progress on this quilt and have loved it since first sight. Ordered the book and it arrived today. Can't wait to sort through my stash and get started! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration

Darlene said...

Love it, love it, Janet.

Annette said...

I adore your quilt! It's so beautiful that I just can't stop looking at it. Little Miss Ella is very fortunate indeed.

SandyN said...

Wow - how beautiful.... you must be very happy.

Sandy

Vickie E said...

this is amazing...absolutely amazing.

Barb said...

Just beautiful!!

Meredith said...

It is very pretty and thank you for the review on the batting. I have not yet tried that kind. I am glad the big stitching worked out.

Deb said...

Janet, the quilt is absolutely beautiful all finished.You should love it too! It does look very snuggly.
hugs Deb

quilltr said...

Oh, Janet, what a riot of color! The varigated pearle was perfect for it. It's a lovely quilt.

Deb said...

That is really a beautiful quilt. I just every detail about it!

Andi said...

Absolutely stunning!!

Ann Marie said...

Beautiful!

Lynda said...

What a fabulous quilt. I love everything about it.

Janet said...

Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for tips on the batting.
Janet

Nedra said...

It's perfect! Mine still sits in a little container waiting patiently for the day when I will return.

Janet said...

Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for tips on the batting.
Janet

Christine said...

Hi Janet
It is beautiful and yes I find the bamboo coming through my Jelly star too.
Must try the batting, do you get it here in Oz?

cheers
Christine

Shiree said...

oh I just love it, what beautiful work indeed, you must be really pleased with this, Miss Ella will juts love it also I am sure!

imquilternity said...

It's a beauty!! You should be so proud of yourself. I mean, it's not the easiest quilt pattern to make and then you hand quilted it besides. Great job!!

Dixie said...

Ah, quilt love! There's so much to love about this one - isn't it such a rush to take that last stitch in the binding? I can never resist giving the quilt a quick pop and shake - more of a symbolic gesture than anything else, I suppose. Just love your finish!

La Mañosa said...

Wow, this is so beautiful! A hearty congratulations to you on your finish!

I have been wanting to try to make this quilt but I'm very intimidated.

Notjustnat said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! How many loves now oh and I love everything you to Janet. Gorgeous gorgeous quilt. Thanks for your recommendation on the batting too. I will get it for my rail-fence quilt, it sounds wonderful - Hugs Nat

Pokey said...

A beautiful finish! Your work is such inspiring art.

Angie said...

WOW! Printing this picture for my inspiration board. Thanks for sharing!

pinsandneedles said...

Your quilt is absolutely beautiful!! I love it!!

sewpam63 said...

Splendid, Janet!!! I especially like the binding fabric you chose. : ) And, I love the quilted circles you did in the border. It's a beauty. Miss Ella sure is lucky!!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

The quilt is fabulous Janet! I love everything about it! Miss Ella will love it forever!

AnnieO said...

Lots of things to love about this one! A very happy quilt that is sure to be treasured and loved by its new owner. You must be sad to see it go, just a little?

Nyla said...

Congratulations on the finish and the very lovely quilt! I would like to try the big stitch with pearl cotton some time. It seems like it might be hard to make the stitches, I'm so used to small. This is a precious gift!

Annie said...

A fantastic quilt - I LOVE it too. Nothing over rated about a quilt finish - I love them.

belinda said...

OOOuuuu....AAAAhhhh....yes, you MUST keep it long enough to enjoy it a little....LOL....I usually put off as long as I can before I give them away!! Lucky little Miss Ella!!
Thanks for the 'heads up' on the batting!!!

Lizzie said...

Love it, every little bit of it and yes Miss Ella is lucky.
Lizzie
xxx

Vivian said...

What a beautiful quilt. Love how colorful it is.

soggybottomflats said...

Gorgeous quilt Janet! I am asking for batting opinions on my blog with a quilt kit giveaway...no strings, just a few questions. I would be thrilled to have your opinions, although you did answer a few here! Come on over, Elaine

Ellen said...

Wow, Janet, your quilt looks beautiful! Congratulations on your finish!

Sherri said...

This quilt is gorgeous. Stunning. Amazing. Lovely...I could go on and on! Congrats on the finish!

Anja´s Wunschpunsch said...

Wow, a really wonderful quilt.

Greetings
Anja

Helkar said...

A fantastic quilt.

Robyn said...

Wow Janet, it's simply stunning!!
I really enjoy quilting with Perle too.

Kathie said...

beautiful, she will love it too, its PINK!
oh the quilting is just perfect , I love the look of the utility stitch on this quilt
Kathie

Shirley said...

That's a lot of reading to get to this post and what can I say that hasn't already been said. It is fantastic and I love its pinkness(may have invented a new word there). If miss Ella doesn't like it then Shirley would love it. Well done Janet, it is great. I love the patterns in Quilt Romance. I have prepped the hearts for the Kim McLean quilt. What next?!!!
Shirley.x

katrien said...

BEAUTIFULL !!!!!!!!!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Hooley Dooley!!!! Such a gorgeous quilt!!!!!! Intersting review of the batting. I'd never heard of it before. Oh that quilt is so beautiful.. I'm going back up the top for another look.

Marit said...

Wonderful, Janet!

Congratulations

; )

Fiesta said...

Janet, it is beautiful. Congratulations on the finish.

A Time for Stitching said...

This is so pretty! I love the effect of the big stitch coloured quilting and plan to give it a go on my next mini quilt.
Teresa x

Crispy said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Finishes are a GOOD thing (or so I've been told LOL).

Crispy

Miriam said...

Your quilt is stunning, Janet!
I know Miss Ella will find many hours of comfort wrapped in that quilt.

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Oh Janet, this quilt is so absolutely amazing! I LOVE it!

Cardygirl said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Lori said...

You certainly deserve to fondle it for a bit before sending it off to a good home to be loved.
I understand your thoughts on the finish. You must feel fantastic!! The quilt is a winner!!!

Anne Ida said...

Oh, WOW!!! That is all I can say... Oh, WOW!!!

Cathi said...

It's stunning! I love just sitting back from the computer screen and looking at it -- your fabric choices are fabulous.
Thanks for the report on the batt -- sounds like something I'd like to try.

pratima said...

Soft and sweet! the colors are beautiful and the fabrics all seem to be made for each other. Your hand stitching makes it even more precious!

Brandie said...

Oh My! Gorgeous! Breathe taking...

Janet said...

Wow Janet! Gorgeous finish!! The border quilting shows up wonderfully. A perfect quilt for snuggling under. What are you going to work on next? :0)

Tineke said...

Great, great, GREAT quilt

wishes, true and kind said...

Janet -- I LOVE it. It could not be more beautiful!!!

Kaaren said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Janet!

I loved this design from the first time you showed it to us...and what an appropriate name as well.

And did I tell you that I changed my name to Ella? Think that'll work? *wink*

dawn said...

Beautiful! The colours are so pretty. I'm jealous of Miss Ella. Who wouldn't be thrilled to snuggle under this quilt?

dawn
ddraper (at) rogers.com

Angela said...

What a treasure! Your quilting on it is just lovely! I think this will be a very-well-loved quilt! Beautiful job!

Martha said...

What a treat to see this quilt finished with it's fabulous design, colors, and quilting -- quite an accomplishment and a very special gift.

Chookyblue...... said...

your quilt is beautiful and it is always wonderful to have a project completely finished.........

Munaiba said...

That's really lovely Janet. Lucky Miss Ella!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

it's so pretty!!!! love the hand quilting!!! great job!

ginaquilts said...

Wow - that turned out great!

Karen said...

I would love to see this one in person. What a great, great quilt.

Sue-Anne said...

Janet the quilt is stunning!!! I love every aspect of it. I bet it feels so soft with all that wonderful big stitching. Congratulations on a great finish.

meecker2 said...

I literally was going through all of my older Kaffe Fassett books tonight and looked at the pattern for this one and decided it was one of the hardest he made. I am still a relatively new quilter but I've loved quilting for so long that I have all of his books. Most of the quilts don't look hard to me anymore but this one... definitely still does so three cheers for you, what an accomplishment. Yours looks beautiful.

Una said...

It is pretty much ... fantastic, would cover it:) It has been such a joy to see the development of this beauty! Thank you also for the batting recommendation. How generous you are, to give it away:) I keep looking at it - so wonderful!

pamina said...

Wonderful job Janet ! Love this quilt so much !

Robin said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!

Terrie Sandelin said...

Beautiful quilt! And love the effect of the big stitch quilting!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Working on a version of this myself. Love it but it is hard!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Stunning! You've done a fab job on this...great colours!

Ivory Spring said...

This is toooo beautiful!

Sølvi's blog said...

What a lovely quilt. both the colors, the pattern and the quilting -love it all

Carrie P. said...

Oh, you should be so proud. It is simply lovely.

Karen said...

The big flower print on the back is just perfect for this quilt. You did a wonderful job on this quilt. A very good finish.

Maree: said...

Still catching up on blogs...your Quilt is Beautiful Janet...love the backing fabric too it is perfect for it...
cheers

Kim D. said...

Beautiful Janet!! I love it and I love the floral fabric on the back. I hope little miss Ella appreciates all your hard work. I don't think I could bear to give it up. LOL

Sarah said...

Divine!

Gisele said...

Oh Janet, what can I say that hasn't already been said other than this quilt is just drop dead gorgeous! Congratulations on the finish, enjoy it while you can :)

Barb said...

Your quilt looks delicious - like fruit and cream - love it!
The big stitch is the perfect thing for it - congrats on a great finish!

*karendianne. said...

Oh Janet I love this big stitch as well. You've got such a nice, even hand with your stitches. I bet I could sit and watch you work for hours! That backing fabric you chose is superlative. You know one of my favorite elements of the quilting? That outside circular stitching. It's perfect. That was a terrific with that. Miss Ella is a blessed sweetie!

Kerry said...

Love the quilt, the name, and licorice allsorts!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Janet! It's STUNNING!!!! What a beautiful job!!!!

Idaho Quilter said...

The quilt is wonderful! The big stitch was the perfect finish, ditto on the echo. I love everything about it.

Sue said...

Gosh, I just love everything on your blog. You are like me, in that you love bright Kaffe style fabrics and reproductions. I thought I was airy fairy in my love of fabric, but I see I'm not the only one!! LOL.
Congrats. on such lovely work.
Cheers Sue from Auckland

verobirdie said...

As I click to comment, to say how inspiring this quilt is, I saw the title of the previous post "I should be quilting" it is exactly what your quilt inspires to me :-)

Rhondi said...

You did a beautiful job and I love the colors you used. The quilting is wonderful.

Robin said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish! The big stitch quilting looks gorgeous. And thanks for the info on the batting... I'm usually a Quilter's Dream girl too, but it's always fun to try something new (and more sustainable).