Friday, 31 August 2012

Finn's Quilt - a Finish!

I am so happy to have finally finished this quilt. I actually started this one back in March, intending to enter it into the Festival of HSTs - but then decided to enter Outfoxed on the High Seas instead. So it sat as a pile of squares for months. I put the top together earlier this month, quilted it and then had a major binding fail. Following that, I had a bit of a tantrum, and kind of ignored it for a few weeks (in my defence I was waiting on some black Kona to arrive to make the new binding ;o) ). And then yesterday I bit the bullet and put the binding on. And it took all of an hour - a lesson to me to get these quick jobs done and not let them drag on forever while a nearly 8 year old harasses me daily about when his quilt will be done...

So. Some pretty pictures! First of all, I am SO glad I took off the green binding and rebound it in black - it looks so, so much better.


It's quilted using 50wt Aurifil thread, in straight lines following the zig-zag pattern - 1" apart in the coloured section, and alternating 1" with 1/4" spacing in the black (my favorite part, actually!). The black is still covered in batting fluff - I think next time I'll use grey or black batting when making a quilt with this much black. I'm not sure I'll ever get all the fluff off.


 Quilts are so much easier to pose than children ;o)


For the back, I used a huge piece of Bright Light (I think that's what it's called) by Alexander Henry that was sitting in my 'backing' stash. It is a great back for a boy quilt - and it's such gorgeous quality fabric! I used white 50wt Aurifil in the bobbin, and it's blended in really well, so you only really see the texture of the quilting from the back.


Quilt Stats:
* Quilt measures about 52" x 70"
* Designed, pieced and quilted by me.

xx Jess

18 comments:

Toni Selman said...

Love, love, love the colors...perfect choice for a boy!
Toni
www.lifeinapinkbunnysuit.com

Newbie Jen said...

This quilt is so beautiful! Wonderful finish!

Kristy QP said...

Wait... you can get black batting?! That would be a lifesaver! I am having the same problem with batting fluff/lint all over the back of one of my quilts that is mainly black. I've washed it and it's still stuck all over it - driving me crazy!

Anyways! this quilt is just amazing! I love the colours - and the quilting is the perfect touch!

Annika said...

I don't have words..... but I'll give it a try: wonderful, beautiful, super, fantastic, amazing,love it, takes my breath away. OK some words I did have :-).

Charlotte said...

seriously, that bloody ROCKS! I love it!!

barcord said...

Another amazing quilt. Noticed the tut. Maybe I'll give it a go. Never saw black or grey batting anywhere, but of course I wasnt looking :)

sherry said...

oh so nice...love the backing

Cherie said...

What a great finish! I love the backing fabric!! =D

Katy Cameron said...

Love all the bright colours in this

Waverlee said...

Love this. Adding it to my long list of 'quilts to make' :) Love the black binding.

Danny Heyen said...

So good! I saw Alex posted this on Aurifil's fb page. It turned out so great. I'm jealous that you made it and I didn't. :)

BTW, just ordered a bit of Mendocino online. I just can't help it. It's a disease. The worse part? Still not enough to make anything.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

So stunning!! Love how the colours pop against the black (damn batting, when I did one I rolled tape round my hand to defluff!! - black batting next time for sure!) The quilting is perfect too :)

Kelly said...

Love love love this quilt!

Chez Roo said...

This is a stunning quilt - I'm so happy there's a tutorial for it, thanks :)

Jenelle said...

Yay! This is gorgeous! I really like the colors against the black and the binding is perfect.

Dolly said...

This is a great-looking quilt !

You mentioned that you used white thread on the front, but when mentioning the top thread, I don't think you said what color it was. I was curious whether or not you changed thread from the colored areas to the black.

Jenn said...

I adore this and want to make a similar one, but the link for the tutorial is no longer working. Is there a pattern or another tutorial available? Thanks!

Marianne said...

I too, am wanting the tutorial and find the link not functioning!! Where can we find it?