Thursday, March 6, 2014
Waltz of the Flowers quilt
It's done! And it's HUGE. This quilt is made with Anna Maria Horner's Gathering Flowers pattern, which calls for a 20 blocks to make a twin/full quilt. It measures 72" x 90" finished! This is the first of 5 quilts I hope to make for my sister's children this year. Maybe the next 4 won't be quite so big!
I do love it though. The colors are just what I wanted! So bright, so girly, and they do seem to be twirling on a vibrant bed of emerald green. Just like the Waltz of the Flowers scene that inspired me, these colors move my heart. They make me feel alive and grateful for the beauty in this world.
I free motion quilted with easy peasy loops. I can't believe how fast FMQ is now that I've relaxed into it. I know that's kind of obnoxious to hear when you're new and struggling with free motion quilting, but please take it as good news. I'm still not where I want to be in that I don't feel my quilting often adds to a quilt. But at least it's a step I don't have to dread anymore. And sometimes it adds. So that's something.
For backing I pulled out yardage of this home dec print stashed years ago before I knew what to stash. I actually thought I would use it to make myself a dress! Haha. Not. It will make a durable backing and give the quilt extra weight, though. Feels good to see it used!
And the binding is Kona Clover, my favorite of the Kona solid greens used for flower backgrounds. Clover is a bright, spunky emerald green. I could swim in it! (Not really. Just think what creatures could lurk in bright green water...)
Thanks for your compliments on the fabrics I put together for this quilt! I've heard again and again that rich emerald greens are especially hard to find. But actually, nearly every fabric I used in this quilt is currently available, so no need to search long. Mad About Patchwork, in Canada, is now offering my Flower Waltz bundle (ships next week) and Intrepid Thread has the Flower Waltz bundles I shared earlier, shipping from the U.S. Both stores stock Kona solids too, so look out for Kona Willow, Leprechaun, Clover and Kale, if it's the solids you need.
I'm cutting up Waltz of the Flowers scraps into squares now. More green to come!