Sunday, October 23, 2016

fall colors for a fall finish

It's fall and it's finished!

The Summer Sampler 2016 was a perfect quilt along for me.  I first blogged about it here.
I actually finished this quilt about a month ago.  My plan was to have it ready for a photo shoot on the perfect fall day during the peak color season.  Turns out my #fallcolorsforafallfinish tag was accurate as my quilt became camouflage in sunny scenery.

I sashed my blocks using directions given in Vintage Quilt Revival.  (The authors of the book were the hosts of the quilt along.)  I added an outside row to make this quilt just a little bit bigger.  My quilt finished about 68"x85"

I got a little overwhelmed thinking about how to quilt this.  I would have been fun to play with each block individually, but I ultimately decided to meander all over.  I really wanted to have a timely finish to share.
  

I used Quilter's Dream Select cotton batting.  This is a winter quilt for sure.  It's heavy!  I'm not sure if that's because of the shot cotton I used for the background or just that this is a bigger quilt than I usually make.  Either way it will be perfect for our camp.  I'm keeping this one!

No piecing on the back - I used this 108" wide print by Elizabeth HartmanThere is plenty of piecing on the front!

 

 Happy fall!


Linking up with:
Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday
Sew Fresh Quilts Let's Bee Social

23 comments:

  1. I love how this turned out. The grey is beautiful with the other colors.

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    1. Thanks Jan. I was inspired by a quilt Amy Smart made. https://www.instagram.com/p/BE7YH5KI22d/?taken-by=diaryofaquilter It knocked my socks off and since I had the bundle of prints I only needed the peppered cotton to copy her.

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  2. I wouldn't think to put these colors together, but they look amazing! The quilt is so pretty, I love how the blocks are outlined, wonderful finish!

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    1. Thanks Judy. In the unedited photos (not included here) the quilt was lost in the scenery. Elizabeth Hartman definitely has a good eye for color!

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    1. Thanks so much Tammy! One block a week made this do-able!

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    1. Thanks so much! Fall is my favorite season and this is definitely a warm fall quilt!

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  5. This is such a lovely quilt Karen. Love everything about it. No wonder it's a keeper!!

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    1. Thanks Jenny. I love the inspiration of an online quilt-along. It was fun to participate and share each week.

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  6. This stunning, love how the gray sets of the fabrics. Super work! TFS.

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    1. Thanks Heide! I'm loving dark backgrounds lately. What is TFS?

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  7. What a beauty! I don't blame you one bit for intending to keep this one. The colours are perfect and what a great setting for all those lovely blocks. The meandering kept the focus on the piecing and made for a gorgeous finish!

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    1. Thank you Lorna. I kind of thought I was taking the easy route to just meander, but this is a big quilt (for me) so it still took awhile. Also I agree, the piecing is already the focus! Defining it further wasn't necessary.
      PS: I'm watching your schedule in hopes of attending one of your trunk shows that's not too far from me!

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  8. That last photo is gorgeous. The quilt looks happy in all that fall glory! Your family will love snuggling under this one. Definitely a good one to keep. Lorna's right the meandering was a good choice....the blocks really shine!

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    1. Thank you Mary. This is the longest quilt I've made and my husband is actually using it! Also, my granddaughter, who has a few(!) quilts of her own, LOVES the block designs on this one. It's fun to see her focusing in on them. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Love the dark background. It's the perfect way to set the tone for an autumnal quilt!

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    1. Thanks Michelle. I'm noticing lots more quilts with dark backgrounds on Instagram lately. I like them all!

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  10. Love the colors in your Summer Sampler--great finish!!

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    1. Thanks so much Karen. It was fun to play with the bundle each week to decide on which fabrics to use in each block.

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  11. What a beautiful quilt! Love the background color! The quilting looks perfect for a warm, cuddly quilt. We all apologize for falling back to a meandering stitch instead of custom quilting but I'm not afraid to say that I love the texture that it gives a quilt and allows the beautiful fabric and piecing to shine!

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    1. Thanks Kathy. I love the texture that meandering gives as well.

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