Monday, November 29, 2010

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Warning: I might be slightly ridiculously proud, so there are a lot of pictures ahead.
Plus Quilt finished
Pattern: Plus Quilt Tutorial, sort of. See purposeful and accidental mods ahead.
Fabric: Kona solid FQ bundle in denim, connecting threads winter fun, recycled cotton twin flat sheet, kona solid for binding
Materials: Warm and Natural cotton batting, gutermann thread for piecing, connecting threads essential for quilting and binding
Size: 63" x 68"
Started: November 18, Finished: November 27
Plus Quilt finished
i didn't really care for the original backing design, plus i didn't have enough solid fabric to make it. i came up with my own thing for the back and i'm a big fan now that it's done. it seems that i always end up liking the backs more than the top.
Plus Quilt finished
the patchwork portion is leftover squares from the top. the blue is the reverse side of the stockinette fabric on the far left from connecting threads. i wanted to adhere to the solid theme as much as possible and the wrong side of the fabric reminded me of chambray. the white print is an old twin cotton flat sheet. spicy is really big on recycling, and i was happy to be able to incorporate this high quality material into the quilt. plus i didn't have to piece it, which was nice.
Plus Quilt finished
i used the serpentine stitch for quilting with essential thread. this was my first time using this thread. it does seem a bit heavier than normal, but i like it. it was very linty, but so is gutermann (at least in my experience). i have yet to try some of the more expensive threads on the market. i was able to quilt the whole thing in one night. the serpentine stitch is very easy to use but i did have some issues with the weight of the quilt making the stitches a little uneven.

my quilt is a slightly different size than it should be. i didn't notice until after i had finished quilting and was squaring it up that i forgot to add the last row. whoops. it's still a decent napping size.
Plus Quilt finished
i think spicy likes it. i tried a new binding technique from red pepper quilts and i was not a fan. i had a really hard time with it. next time i will go back to my tried and true one-step binding method from the modern quilt workshop. it's a bitch to iron the binding but so much easier to sew.

this quilt has its flaws. my seams don't come to perfect points. the binding is a mess. the quilting isn't perfectly even. but it's never ceases to amaze me how nice a quilt looks when you pull it from the dryer and it has that awesome forgiving crinkliness to it. i don't know how many quilts you have to make before you can consider yourself to be a quilter, but i think i'm slowly getting there.

the wedding date sneaked up on me. we're going to NYC this Friday, so i guess i finished just in time.

11 comments:

  1. Gorgeous quilt! I love the back too.

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  2. Your Quilt looks fantastic!

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  3. It looks great!

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  4. I love the name, and I love the quilting. It turned out so beautifully. The upcycling of the sheet was a great choice. I would definitely consider you a quilter.

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  5. Wow, it's absolutely gorgeous! I always wondered what you would do with one of those Kona bundles and I think this is my absolute favorite way I've seen it used. Beautiful! It will NEVER go out of style!

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  6. Beautiful blues. I love the pattern both front and back.

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  7. Love it!!!
    I tried that binding tute for my little xmas quilt wall hanging and didn't really get good results either. I blamed it mostly on my newbieness. Maybe it's not so much that after all!

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  8. Well I'd say you are certainly "a quilter" - gorgeous quilt and the perfect size if you ask me - I LOVE lap quilts. What a great idea to use the serpantine stitch for quilting - BEAUTIFUL!!

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  9. Awesome job on this. It really turned out so cool. I would have a hard time parting with it! Have a great time this weekend!

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  10. This turned out great! I love it in solids, I may have to make myself another one :)

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  11. OMG, that is AMAZING!!! Love it!

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