Thursday, September 29, 2011

far far away

I'm on a roll finishing up quilts that have been so close to being done for a very long time, and it feels so good. 
I started this quilt a long time ago and really didn't like it much...I guess I kinda wished I'd used the fabric in a different way.  That's the main reason it took me so long to finish.

Plus, the quilt is pretty big, and main fabrics are linen/cotton blend and it's heavy.  I was really dreading the quilting process.  

But it all turned out in the end.  I really like it now, and quilting it wasn't too bad.  
I used this fun zigzag print on the back and decided to use those zigzags as my quilting guide.  
 I didn't do a great job, I'm going to call it organic as opposed to sloppy--if it weren't for that dark purple print you wouldn't even be able to tell.
I'm mildly opposed to white binding, but it just worked so well for this quilt.  I had to use it.  I think it really frames it well.

41 comments:

  1. Wow, it's great! I get it with the heavy thing, but you seem to have made a picture/story out of it, which is what I like. And the white binding- never would have thought of that, but perfect with the sashing. Well done!

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  2. Pardon me, but I love this quilt! I got that feeling in my chest of utter jealousy that it isn't one of my creations! Gorgeous, seriously, and it shows off all that adorable FFA2 prints perfectly.

    Just how big is it anyway?

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  3. I really really like the quilt. I've never seen one like it. The colors are great, and i like the white framing everything. good job!!

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  4. I agree with that white binding.

    I think the backing is what totally makes this quilt! Very clever.

    I'm impressed that you are disciplined enough to tackle the "undone" stack. Perfect or not, it's a FINISH and any finished quilt has merit!

    I actually love the fabrics but I hear you that heavy quilts are hard to work with.

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  5. I love your quilt! The quilting is fun and the white binding looks great! Did you use a walking foot or free motion for your zig zags? Great job!

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  6. It's a good quilt! you did well on it, you can be happy it's done and I really like what you did with the fabric, the white binding is really good! ok those are my opinions! :)

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  7. I just love this. I have a stack of far far away and was wondering how to use it. I think I am going to do this. Where did you get your zig zag fabric for the back?

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  8. LOVE this. And, I love the white binding.

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  9. Yep. That white binding was definitely perfect! What a pretty quilt!

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  10. Hi! Greetings from Finland! I love it!!!

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  11. I love this quilt! It's so gorgeous. Perfect way to showcase that beautiful fabric!

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  12. I LOVE this quilt, and I really LOVE that zig zag fabric... if I found it I think I'd buy ten yards because I love it so much!

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  13. I've done white binding once too, when the quilt insisted. It does look exactly right here!

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  14. I love the backing, and the way you quilted it. It's a beauty, definitely!

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  15. i really love it. i love the organic zig zag quilting and i love how the fabrics are highlighted! if you want you can send it my way... ;)

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  16. I really like it and you are right- white was really the only choice for this quilt.

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  17. this is so amazing.....beautiful

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  18. I LOVE the thin white sashing... the first thing I thought when I saw it was "stained glass window". It's just beautiful.

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  19. Now THAT is showing off a fabric to its best advantage!

    Gorgeous.

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  20. This quilt is ADORABLE. Practically perfect in every way.

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  21. i love the weight of your quilts, especially when I see them folded up, what do you use for batting?

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  22. super cute! i know what you mean about wishing you'd have used your fabric a different way. that's super disappointing. but it really is super cute!

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  23. Oh, you HAD to use white binding on that. No other choice. And I use the term organic when I really mean too lazy to mark.

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  24. Good call on the binding -- sometimes our quilts speak to us, don't they.
    Hmm, quilting from the back is a new concept to me.

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  25. Nettie! this is beautiful! I love the border size. I'll have to make one with my Heather Ross. Lovely idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. not sloppy, organic.. I like it

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  28. I just made a quilt top out of the same fabrics. Same issue. I am not crazy about the overall look of mine and like the way yours has been put together. Mine is also going to be very heavy. I will not use linen for the backing and a lighter wadding but I have put it away for the moment until I can like it a bit more. Well done on the finish.

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  29. I think the quilt looks great and I LOVE the zigzag print on the back!

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  30. This quilt is so dreamy! The white binding was a good call, as was the quilting ... just perfect.

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  31. The white binding does look great. This is a beautiful quilt! I just did some "organic" type quilting on my last project, and it was really liberating to just go for it. Not to mention fast...

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  32. This is stunning!!!!!!

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  33. LOVE it! I've been using wide white sashing in the Christmas quilts that I've been making over the past month but I am loving how the more narrow sashing in your quilt looks! I'm getting an itch to sew... too bad I'm at work. ;)

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  34. Do you have a pattern for this quilt?

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  35. I really really love this quilt!! I'm so jealous and a bit miffed that you say you're not that happy with it, it's beautiful. The "organic" way it's quilted as you put it makes it even more charming, and I would steal it for myself in a hot second, given the chance. Perhaps you're only fishing for compliments, but this is a LOVELY quilt. I can usually pick what I like best about a quilt.... but I like this as a whole!

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