Friday, April 1, 2016

Glamorous lessons

Hi everyone!  Welcome to April!  How is it possible that March is gone?  Already I feel like the year is flying by.  It's starting to feel like spring outside, too.  April is sure to be a very exciting month for us because our daughter is getting married.  In 10 days!  Yikes, I'd better go buy some shoes!

Today I want to show off my fully completed--and bound!--Sewing Lessons quilt.  I'm very excited that she's back from her sojourn at the quilter: 


Hey, she turned out to be a cutie!  I love this quilt!  I learned so much while making it and I think it turned out really well, too.  I'm so happy with it.  I keep trying to choose a favorite row but I just can't! 

I took the quilt out for some glamour shots around the little park that's near the condo, which has a LOT of trees and some interesting fences.  She looks great, but climbing up some of those hills was not the most fun I've ever had.  They were steep! Kind of worth it, though, to get some pretty pictures of the quilt.  I wanted some with trees and such but it was just too dirty to put the quilt on the ground.

Upside down!


For anyone who doesn't know, Sewing Lessons is the second of my quilts from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge last year.  I made this row quilt from my scraps, making a row each month in the color of the month.  You can read more about it HERE.  It finished at about 71 by 86 after quilting, binding, and washing.  I told you it was dirty out there! 

I had this one quilted in a swirly pattern that I love using white thread: 


It's a great quilt pattern, and it works for this quilt, but I'm getting a little tired of allover patterns.  The problem, of course, is that I'd need to quilt up a large quilt like this myself, and I just don't have the room right now, so I guess it's edge-to-edge quilting for a little while more. 

For the back I used a great wideback print that's part of the Good Neighbors line by Amanda Jean Nyberg of crazymomquilts:


This was the perfect backing!  The colors worked so nicely, and the fabric itself felt so good.  I washed it before the quilt was quilted and it barely shrunk.  After I washed the completed quilt it felt so luxurious, like really good sheets.  It's a cuddly one for sure.

It was kind of a dreary day when I took these pictures, and kind of windy (one of these pictures almost ended up as a quilt sailing away!), but look what I caught peeking out from behind the quilt:



A wild daffodil!  A sure sign of spring if I've ever seen one.

Hope some spring is peeking out where you are, too.  I wasn't kidding about those shoes--I have to buy some this weekend or else I'm going to the wedding barefoot!  Which, now that I think about it, might not be such a bad thing.


Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finish it up Friday.  and soscrappy for RSC16.

26 comments:

Lynn said...

Wow, I think that looks great. As one who quilts on a domestic machine, (doing custom stuff) seeing an all over would be a challenge for me. I can understand how its difficult to choose a favourite row, they all look wonderful.

Bernie Kringel said...

This is such a great quilt. The backing is wonderful. I haven't gotten any of the Good Neighbors line but I think I might. That backing would work with so many color themes.

I can't wait to hear about the wedding!! Good luck shoe shopping (that is one of the worst, in my opinion.) I hope it all goes perfectly! (The wedding and the shoes.)

Karen said...

That is a beautiful quilt! It really shows well against those subdued colors of nature. Well done!

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

Its lovely Mari, and your photo shoot is great, especially with the weather. So lovely to see the daffodil peeping out too. I was so impatient to share my finish I just attached my (much smaller) quilt to the garden fence. Maybe instead of my motto this year being 'just do it' it should be 'just do it wth patience'!
I hope all goes well with the wedding and the sun shines for you, you must all be so excited.
Smiles
Kate

Julianne said...

Love Love Love it! What a beautiful finish!!

Sara said...

Really beautiful quilt.

LA Paylor said...

what a great finish!!!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Mari, that is a beautiful finish! I love seeing that you can make something so cohesive with your scraps. I haven't achieved that yet, but your quilt is very inspirational! Good luck shoe shopping!

Tammy Stack said...

such a happy quilt!

Kat Scribner said...

This quilt is gorgeous! I love the visual of row quilts and the structure of color and sampler blocks, it's just the best.

Peggyinno said...

What a beautiful quilt! And that backing is PERFECT!! Congrats on a great finish. I love seeing these RSC projects completed!

Nell's Quilts said...

A beautiful finish and some wonderful shots in natural settings. I just love that backing fabric. I'll have to see if I can track some down.

Kate said...

Beautifully done! Congrats on such a bright and fun quilt! You got some great glamour shots of the quilt.

Marly said...

It's a beautiful finish!

Linda said...

Such a beautiful quilt! Have a wonderful time at the wedding. Best wishes to the happy couple!

Cathy said...

What a stunning quilt! I love that backing, too!

Quilts and Such said...

Gorgeous quilt!

PaulaB quilts said...

A really lovely quilt with beautiful color placement, and the backing is perfect. I hope you get some pretty but comfortable shoes.

Quilts By Laurel said...

I love this finish! So pretty! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a gorgeous quilt! I love this! And all from scraps. Congrats on a great finish.

Angie said...

Sewing Lessons turned out beautifully! I love the sharp, clear colors against the white. Really great idea - and now I'm inspired to try a row quilt!

Sue Noetzel said...

A beautiful quilt in a beautiful setting! Congrats on finishing it.

Ivani said...

Great finish! Your quilt is amazing.

Barb Tazelaar said...

Great finish! I love the backing fabric ~ Just perfect for this quilt. I may need to snag some for myself before it disappears! Have fun celebrating your daughter's marriage!

Barb

Mystic Quilter said...

Great to see this all finished and photographed in the lovely outdoors. Congratulations on a beautiful finish.

claudia said...

That is a beautiful quilt!