Thursday, March 25, 2010

I Heart Linen Too!

At home


At last, my Colorbrick Quilt is finished. Don't I look fine curled up with it on the couch? Granted now it's practically too warm for a throw quilt, but you don't think I'm going to let that stop me, do you? Nope.


Quilting
You had seen the quilt top Work In Progress before, so I'll tell you a bit about the finishing details. The back is mostly solid natural linen with a few strips of my favorite Good Folks fabric to liven things up. For batting, I used a thrifted army wool blanket. It's washable, warm and indestructible. As such, I was able to quilt it loosely, just stitching in the linen "mortar" of the brick-inspired design.


Pieced Binding


The binding gave me the most trouble. I wanted to use a store-bought binding, so I settled with a bright yellow from Hancocks. It was brighter than I wanted, but I went ahead and focused on learning how to machine-apply binding. After I sewed the last stitch, I threw the quilt on the floor to get a look and immediately hated the binding. I removed it the next night! Forced to make my own binding, I used some trimmings from the quilt back and it wasn't as hard as I feared.


Colorbrick QuiltI've used up my stash of linen, so I plan to order more for upcomming projects. I want to give credit to Rashida Coleman-Hane who blogs at I Heart Linen and recently published I Heart Patchwork. She's created a fellow linen-lover. I too love how natural linen pairs effortlessly with fun cotton prints. It gives the look an earthy vibe, and tones down my color-loving craziness. I just droooool over I Heart Patchwork. It's a beautiful book with lots of worthy projects. I made a set of Rashida's Patchwork Coasters awhile back. My friends' admiration drove us to organize a little sewing group where they are making Patchwork Coasters of their own. So, double thanks, Rashida, for helping spread the sewing-love among my friends! Coasters from I Heart Patchwork

11 comments:

  1. Love the linen. I just acquired two linens shirts at the thrift store. I'm going to cut them up for a quilt! Yippee!

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  2. Seriously LOVING the quilt, best one I've seen on the web!!! I love the colors and patterns of the blocks AND the match up with linen.

    Great job!
    lisa

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  3. I just love this quilt SO much! I have all of these fabrics right now and I Heart Patchwork (I've had it for weeks and haven't even really looked at it yet, that's awful - I know.) I'm going to check it out tonight!

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  4. oooh, you're going to LOVE it!

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  5. Stunningly gorgeous!!!!

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  6. [...] binding to begin with because I’m trying a new method of attachment.  On my first quilt, the Colorbrick quilt, I machine stitched double-fold binding all the way through, attaching both sides of the binding at [...]

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  7. This quilt is gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  8. I love it! I'm interested in how you pieced the top. It looks like there are strips of lined in between the bright prints. I'm going to click over to see how you did it.

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  9. [...] 16, 2010 by Rachel This morning Aria got comfy on the couch with our new pillow and my Colorbrick quilt.  It was a very warm morning…  I didn’t make them to match, per se, but Good Folks [...]

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  10. That quilt is just to die for, I absolutely love the shapes and the colours. It really stands out.

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  11. This is a really beautiful use of Good Folks! I think the Hancocks binding not working out was a blessing. I also tried to machine bind a quilt and hated it - I thought it looked factory made. All mine are hand bound now! Love the linen sashing!

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