Monday, February 18, 2013

a Vintage Tangerine Finish

From inspiration in color and in pattern to its emergence on my first design wall and a rather climatic finish with dogwood quilting, I have loved almost every moment of my Vintage Tangerine journey.  (The "almost" because, let's be honest, learning free motion quilting takes some sweat and tears too.)  But overall, it's been dreamy.

I want to make more quilts like this.  Not this style or color or whatever, but the feel of this.  The feel of combining exciting ideas, watching the pieces come together without too much fuss, no rush, yet challenge and a sense of meaningful growth. 

Well, how about I hush and show you the quilt?

Vintage Tangerine!

Yay!  It's totally the mood I was hoping to capture!

She's been washed and dried, which definitely effected the texture.  Here's a photo before being washed:

before washing

And here's one after:

washed & crinkled

To be honest, I do prefer the flatter, smoother quilt prior to washing aesthetically, but (and this is a big But) I do finally get why folks are enamored of quilt crinkle.  With dense free motion quilting (FMQ) the crinkle at last whispers "cozy" and "warm" to my senses.

heart Dogwood Quilting

And I am so very proud of my quilting.  Huzzah!

I do enjoy an improv back...

For the back I pieced together some leftovers, including two large pieces of Chicopee corduroy and a large scale Madrona Road Wild Carrot print, that really suits as backing.

bound in Alexander Henry Heath

She's bound mostly in Alexander Henry Heath, such a prized "helpful fabric" in my stash. The gray is now hard to find, so I'm glad to see that Architextures includes a similarly useful fabric, available in gray/white.


I heard from a reader that Sew Modern was out of the Vintage Tangerine bundle I created, so we made 2 quite apt substitutions to put the 11-piece bundle back on the shelves.   Enjoy!

finished Vintage Tangerine quilt

Thanks for your support and encouragement during this journey.  You all are the nicest!  And, psst... new quilt-in-progess pics later this week!

xo, Rachel

46 comments:

  1. Beautiful work, Rachel - I'd like to reach through the screen and touch it! :)

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  2. That's lovely -- such happy colors! Congratulations on the finish!

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  3. Gorgeous, you should be proud!
    Can you believe I am still yet to wash any of my quilts!!

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  4. A wonderful job! Just today I received the package with bundle Vintage Tangerine!! :) I'm keen to start working with them

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  5. And proud you should be! It's wonderful and I LOVE that quilting - super cute design. Makes me want to take a deep breath and try it.

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  6. wow!!! what a beauty! It's simply perfect, the fabric, the pattern, and the quilting, of course. Great, great job Rachel.

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  7. Your quilt turned out beautiful. I love those colors. And your FMQ is great - I have been wanting to try that design and just need to sit down and tough it out. :)

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  8. So lovely! That color combination really does it for me! Well done!

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  9. If only....I can gain the skills to make a quilt like yours. I so love the color, design....the way the colors dance...Just plain gorgeous. You are so brave to jump right in and free motion the dogwood design...You deserve to be proud of yourself. I am heading to my new sewing machine....to practice....

    Susan

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  10. I can't believe how quickly your quilt has gone from a photo at Disney land to an amazing quilt. It looks great.

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  11. wow, such a perfect quilt, R! congrats!

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  12. I have loved reading every post about this quilt from start to finish! It turned out just beautifully! I would love to snuggle under this one while watching a good movie!

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  13. I really love all the colors in this quilt. Congrats on a job well done.

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  14. this turned out gorgeous, rachel! those cheery spring colors are really calling to me right now.

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  15. Oooh, it's just absolutely lovely! I adore the crinkle. And the colors are just so wonderful. Hooray for a great finish!

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  16. Very pretty. Very soothing colors.Turned out very well.

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  17. What a beautiful quilt! Your quilting is fabulous also! Thank you for sharing it.

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  18. I'm completely OBSESSED with these one!!! How big are your squares?

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    1. The largest squares are 6". Go for it - it's such an easy pattern!

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  19. Rachel, it's just beautiful and your quilting is SOOOOOO good. I'm so very anxious to try this free motion thing, but it's so intimidating. Your quilt just turned out YUMMY. You should be very proud, as I certainly would be.

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  20. Just love this!!! The colors and the pattern! Is there a possibility that you could reveal the size of the squares?! Thank you for sharing your journey making this!!!

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  21. The quilting is AWESOME with a capital A!!!! And I am one of those 'before' girls too - before the wash is prettier to my eyes. BUT...I may be able to agree with the case for cozy.

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  22. A lovely lovely finish and Oh! that quilting : )

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  23. This quilt is stunning!! I would love to make one similar but am too new to quilting to guess "how in the world ..." Is there any chance you will create a pattern to purchase? I'm dying here - the colors, the quilting - gorgeous gorgeous!! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. I'll have to think of putting up a tutorial on the blog. It's actually such an easy pattern. The largest squares are 6". They are alternated by 2 types of patchwork blocks: one is a simple 4-patch (four 3" patches) and the other is a "penny patch block", which has two 3" patches and two mini-four patches (in the mini 4-patch the square are 1.5" each). Hope that helps!

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  24. Everything about this quilt is stunning! Thanks for the tips on the dogwood FMQ technique. I have a FMQ fear that I'd like to overcome myself. Great work!

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  25. I seriously love everything about this quilt... the colors, the design and layout, and the quilting... I've pulled from my stash a similar color scheme (in fact, I did that when you first posted about this quilt) and I hope to create something that evokes the same feelings I get when I see yours! Great job, Rachel!

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  26. I'm proud of your quilting too! Can't wait to see the new quilt pics. :)

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  27. Vintage Tangerine turned out really lovely and your quilting looks really wonderful too!
    I've only had that feeling a few times when I finish something ~ whether it's a quilt or something else. It's really a very nice feeling.

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  28. So lovely! Your quilting looks great! I have always loved orange and aqua but the gray/white combo is a nice touch! Your work is always so inspiring - thank you!

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  29. Sooo pretty, your quilting looks GREAT! I really love the pieced back as well. I love to see a big pieced backing. Beautiful job!

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  30. This is the most beautiful quilt. I have loved watching it come together :-) Thanks for sharing.
    E xx

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  31. This certainly looks cozy and snuggly from here! :) I love that it really does carry a vintage sensibility, instantaneously. Your quilting is also just perfect for this design and adds such a nice overall texture.

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  32. The quilt turned out great! I still love the fabrics you chose. I dream of doing a quilt with the free motion pattern! It really looks great!

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  33. Wonderful quilt! Colours are so positive and energetic!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  34. Your quiltin is sooo lovely! Great colors, too. And the back is just so perfect. I love the idea of the chicopee corderoy!

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  35. Wow! That looks lovely! I really enjoy the machine quilting AND the crinkle!

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  36. i love everything about this quilt, but i especially love the quilting

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  37. Hey Rachel! Love this finish and I need to overcome my fears too! Remind me how you create your Stitched in Color quilt labels? Thanks!

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    1. Sure! I order them from an Etsy store called Gutentags. She's very helpful about getting your settings just right.

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  38. I adore this quilt! And it's the first one that I like that uses low volume. Normally I don't care for low volume, but I love it in this! You're so talented!!

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  39. Rachel! This quilt is Gorgeous!!!!! and I love the colors that you chose. I had a fun time meeting you at QuiltCon and talkin' up a storm at dinner and dessert and I hope to see ya again at the next one :)

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  40. Love it! Colors, pattern, qui,ring, everything ��

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