Thursday, February 9, 2012

Loulouthi Tiles {Finished}

Loulouthi Tiles button It does seem like ages ago when I first brought home a beautiful stack of Anna Maria Horner's Loulouthi quilting fabrics.  Inspired by my favorite print, the oversized Summer Totem, and Anna Maria's pearl cotton thread sets, Geranium Wall and Reflecting Pool, I dreamed up a quilt design with large cuts and thin sashing which I dubbed Loulouthi Tiles. 

In August I shared 3 free PDF downloads for the Loulouthi Tiles pattern in sizes ranging from baby to almost-queen.  It's been fun to see finished Loulouthi Tiles quilts pop up at the Stitched in Color group, but all the time I felt a bit silly for not having finished mine.  My finish has been a long time coming - first because I chose to hand quilt it and second because I wanted to enjoy the whole process.  Last fall these pretty blossoms just didn't speak to me the way they do now, so I only picked up the hand quilting again sometime in January.

Goodness, just look at me blather on!  The point is, this inviting stack of fabrics...

for Loulouthi Tiles Quilt!

has finally been transformed into this finished quilt!

Loulouthi Tiles {finished}

It's definitely a large quilt, at 73" x 85".  It just covers a full bed, which my mom happens to have...

at home at mother's

I think the quilt will live here at my mother's house until/if it ever sells.  Because, while I so enjoyed making it, it never did have an intended home.  That always bummed me out.  I would have loved to make it to give a dear friend, but it was never a good fit in color/style.

This quilt is so, so pretty.

such light, springy colors

On my table its light, airiness contrasts so sharply with my dark, saturated style.  It does feel like spring, most certainly!  After much debate, I bound it in a lemon yellow Jennifer Paganelli print that speaks of the lightness and joy this quilt holds in my eyes.

Bound at last!

The hand quilting is just simple straight lines throughout all of the sashing, with several rows of lines around each large tile block.  I already miss relaxing needle in hand beneath this cozy quilt!

hand quilted!

It's a nice, medium weight quilt with Warm & Natural batting.  Oh, let's look at the back!

the back

Green, very green!  Actually, it's a springy green mixed with yellow that feels gloriously fresh with these prints.  I deconstructed an unwanted duvet cover to use as the backing.  How lucky was that!  Cuttings from making the quilt top became rows on the back, with the hand quilting running hither and thither seemingly without pattern when viewed from the back. 

Loulouthi with spring green

Charming, don't you think?  Sometimes I like it best from the back.  I do that.

Loulouthi Tiles

These photographs were taken at my mother's house.  My house is not nearly so grand!  I think hers makes a great backdrop for such a large and pretty quilt.  She and I walk together every Thursday and the children play here all day while I do work on the computer.  It's wonderful!  I'm so thankful to have the support of my family and friends, you blog friends included!

I've heard some new voices declaring Loulouthi fabric love.  Just so you know, you can still find the complete Loulouthi collection at Marmalade Fabrics, as well as the small, medium and large Loulouthi Tiles bundles I created to go along with this quilt design.  This collection feels just right for "now" doesn't it?  Have fun!

P.S.  Loulouthi Tiles is available at my shop, along with a few of my other creations, like those Sashiko Coasters.  I'm giving this Etsy thing a go!

37 comments:

  1. It looks really beautiful and I love the hand stitched quilting.

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  2. It looks wonderful! I love the bright colors!

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  3. Oh wow, that's fab, and it looks right at home where it is now :o)

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  4. It's beautiful. I wish I had $300 I could justify spending. It definitely makes me wish I was one of your "dear friends". kristie_keely(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  5. It's even more beautiful than I imagined it would be! I love it!!

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  6. Congrats on the shop. I hope that you have many purchasers.

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  7. That is a stunningly exquisite piece of art!It looks amazing on the bed. Love it! :o)

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  8. An amazing quilt that really sowcases the gorgeous fabric. I love the hand quilting too.

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  9. Oh my goodness- it's absolutely lovely! Love it!

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  10. So beautiful! I just love these prints, and they are so well displayed on your quilt design.

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  11. You're amazing! I want to make this. The hand quilting is gorgeous...

    And you got me interested in Sashiko, too!

    Sigh...not enough hours.

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  12. It looks so fresh! I really like it.

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  13. Your quilt is so bright and colorful. I wish I had the time to hand quilt. I like the look of the embroidery thread.

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  14. You remain my biggest inspiration out there in blogland! This latest quilt is just lovely, lovely. My colorblock like yours is at the long-arm place now and they went nuts when I took it in! And I've used that backing fabric (in green, red, yellow) as backing on any number of quilts. Great minds..... Good luck with etsy!

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    1. My goodness... what a compliment. Thank you!

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  15. rachel, it's absolutely lovely! your hand quilting is just perfect and seems to echo the charm of the loulouthi prints.

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  16. I so want to finish mine but the hand quilting has me nervous :) Yours is stunning!

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  17. Rachel, I completely freaked out when I received your email and saw this quilt! I love this collection and you did an amazing job. ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
    Such a great example also of using larger prints, the hand sewing is delicious!
    Best wishes, Sondra

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  18. What a beautiful quilt! The large tiles show off the lovely floral prints. And the hand quilting is a nice touch. Simply lovely.

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  19. Beautiful Rachel!! Great choice for backing as well.

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  20. I love it! Pinning it onto Pinterest! =)

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  21. Gorgeous fabrics and hand stitching! Someone is going to snap that up for sure.

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  22. love it and still want to make mine! and you have completely convinced me that I should hand-quilt my AMH log mansion quilt. I love how it turned out on your quilt-- if you have any tips, I'm all ears-- I've never hand-quilted before :)

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    1. Here's my hand-quilting tutorial: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2011/07/loulouthi-tiles-hand-quilting-tutorial.html

      It's really relaxing! Slow, but relaxing and guaranteed beautiful.

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  23. Oh, this quilt is absolutely charming, really spring feeling!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  24. Gorgeous! And the hand quilting really sets it apart. Great job and I hope it finds a lovely new home (although I guess your mum hopes not).

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  25. I just love your quilts, they are truly beautiful. Love the fabrics you use.

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  26. What a gorgeous quilt. I love it all, the fabric, layout, and of course, the quilting. It really is sooooo wonderful.

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  27. What a beautiful quilt...it really lets the fabrics sing!

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  28. Stunning! What an Awe inspiring quilt.

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  29. It's a beautiful finish. I have such admiration for a hand-quilted finish. Great job, Rachel! I hoe etsy treats you well!

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  30. I just wanted you to know that with THIS QUILT you have inspired me to take up quilting. I've thought about it for awhile but never saw anything that really made me go ooohhhhh, and I have only done garment sewing. If I could afford it I'd buy that in a heartbeat, but I am guessing I'd find it much more rewarding if I was able to do a project like this myself. Thank you for the great posts about it.

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