Monday, 24 September 2012

What??? A Finish???

Well I don't like to spoil you with a finish too often but I have one today.


Now this is the kind of quilt that people knock out on a Saturday afternoon and it's just the teensiest bit shameful that women have conceived and given birth in the time I took to complete it but my Lark quilt is done.

In the end I took quilting inspiration from Hadley's Across the Seas quilt. Funny to think that we were just finishing those up this time last year...


Anyway I digress.  The quilting is circular ripples emanating from one corner. My idea was to have soft undulating quilting in contrast to the angular patterned fabric squares.  I seem to like circles at the moment.  I read somewhere that if you have circles in your home decor, they are de-stressing.


I drew around a plate in one corner and echo quilted until I reached the opposite corner. Quilting wasn't without its incidents.  When I got to the centre and the quilt became more difficult to manoeuvre through the throat of my machine, I thought I would turn the quilt around and start from the opposite corner and have the ripples meeting and crossing over in the middle.  I can feel Trudi wincing.


 The huge risk is obviously that there would be some bunching....and yep, I committed quilting suicide and that's exactly what happened.  So a day of unpicking later, I was able to finish the quilting and bind it in a couple of the Amy Butler FQs which Helen sent me earlier this year.


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37 comments:

Judith, Belfast said...

Wow! That's a stunner A! Well done on battling through with the quilting - it's an amazing finish! Jxo

Liz DandeliondD said...

Great quilting. What a gorgeous finish.
Love it.

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

The quilting is fabulous!

Catherine said...

How pretty! What a great way to quilt it. Well done on battling through the horrible job of unpicking and ending up with something so lovely.

Diane-crewe said...

it looks wonderful... well done for finishing xx

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Glad to see the fabric came in useful - the quilt looks gorgeous!!

Cindy said...

It looks fantastic. Well done.

Flying Blind... said...

I was just looking at Material Obsession last night - think I need to make one of these too.
PS told you the quilting was 'fun' x

Prof. S said...

It's lovely! Echo quilting sounds appealingly simple but in my experience it has sometimes posed more challenges than FMQing!!!

Anyway, the miserable hours of unpicking soon will be a distant memory, and still your Lark quilt be beautiful and so beautifully quilted. Hooray for you, Annabella!

Cindy said...

Woo hoo! It's beautiful! Perfect fabric-quilting combo!

diane said...

Lark was worth the wait and you did a beautiful job on the quilting. Unpicking, it must have been in our horoscope this last week because I had to unpick half a quilt!

linda said...

beautiful, lovely quilting well done :)))

Charlotte said...

so lovely! the quilting is gorgeous!

Heather D. said...

The quilting is fantastic - what a gorgeous finish.

Kristan said...

This is really pretty, and I do think you quilted it very nicely. I love that fabric line.

Sunnybec said...

Oh I love your quilt! The quilting really sets it off

Isisjem said...

Oh that's gorgeous. I have a fq bundle of Lark I haven't decided what to do with. I'd love a quilt for my bed but don't want anything too labour intensive. Might end up going with just big squares and no sashing lol

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's beautiful!!

Quilting In The Cold said...

Wow it is beautiful. Love the quilting.

Indianna said...

Your quilting is fantastic, I bet you are pleased it is finished.

krista said...

eek, its so lovely! and unpicking quilting is the WORST, how not fun. but worth it, i suppose! i never finished my across the sea, lol. barely got any blocks assembled! one of those quilts i started strong and then just gave up on!

Katy Cameron said...

Well done for finally getting to the end! The quilting looks great, despite its trials and tribulations...

Kelli said...

I am astonished at the quilting! Great job. And to even unpick it and persevere--wow! Great job. :)

Patchwork and Play said...

What a gorgeous quilt! The simple squares are so beautifully enhanced by the quilting- even if it was a pain! Well done!

Cherie said...

A stunning finish there! Such a gorgeous quilt =D

Kris said...

Oh that quilting is just delicious! It looks amazing! The binding is just gorgeous. (Nice choice!)

Jenelle said...

Yay! Well even with that little speed bump it turned out so beautifully with incredibly, even quilting. It really is crappy to have to unpick quilting lines, but now you have a gorgeous finished quilt to enjoy!

mary said...

really really beautiful. I am going to have to use that quilting plan--but on something smaller to start with.

Good Job!

Kelly said...

It's turned out beautifully. I love it!

Kirsten said...

So beautiful - love the dense curvy quilting!

Nicole said...

Congrats on the finish, Annabella! The quilting "waves" were a cool idea. Who couldn't use de-stressing circles at home?!? And there is no shame in taking your time on a quilt. It makes the finish that more meaningful!

Dawn said...

Gorgeous quilt!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

It is so beautiful and I adore that quilting!! Gorgeous :)

Kelly said...

Oh the quilting is perfect! Gorgeous finish!

Nicky said...

Sad lack of finishes in this quarter so I am happy to rejoice in yours and what a fabulous one! The piecing shows of the fabric and the whole thing shows of that remarkable masterpiece of quilting - well done Annabelle!

Leanne said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I love the quilting but too bad about the unpicking part.

Kati said...

It's so pretty and the quilting is perfect for it! Too bad about unpicking. I hate doing that.