Thursday, March 6, 2014

Waltz of the Flowers quilt

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!

Gathering Flowers pattern by Anna Maria Horner

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.

Waltz of the Flowers quilt

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.

  old stashed backing

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!

Kona Clover binding

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...)

Flower Waltz Mad About Patchwork

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!

54 comments:

  1. It is Amazing, Rachel...a lovely quilt indeed.

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  2. Gorgeous, and perfect for spring!

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  3. Beautiful! Great mix of fabrics with the pretty greens of the background!

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous! You have a lucky niece.

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  5. it's wonderful! the print on the back is an Amy Butler print, I think it's from Lotus, but I'm not sure. I have a crochet bag in the same print but a different colourway

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  6. it really does twirl, absolutely beautiful quilt!!

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  7. it turned out wonderful! think your sister would adopt me this year so i can get on the quilt gifts? hehehe... beautiful, sassy, happy colors! love it!

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  8. what a stunning, so so very gorgeously beautiful quit. It's perfect in every way.

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  9. So lovely! I really think the quilting adds some movement to the quilt and continues along the "Waltz of the Flowers" theme - its sort of an abstraction of ballerinas twirling across the stage.

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  10. It's a beauty! I'm still at the dreading quilting stage, but I guess I'll just have to make more quilts!

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  11. WOW - that is a beautiful quilt Rachel. You did a fabulous job with the sewing and the colors are just gorgeous!

    -Q

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  12. what a beautiful, happy quilt!

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  13. Gorgeous! The colors have kind of a magical quality to them, so pretty!

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  14. It looks so beautiful! The colors fit the inspiration so well :) Your niece will be thrilled!

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  15. Oh my! I love this! It just vibrates with movement and happiness. I often say "I'm not going to buy any more patterns" (How many have I bought and never used?) But your take on this one may make me, one more time, break my "vow". Thank you! It's wonderful!

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  16. So beautiful. Great FMQ ing

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  17. Its beautiful and they do look like they are twirling :)

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  18. It turned out perfect. The colours are gorgeous. You will be favourite Aunty :)

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  19. Gaahhh, I love it so much. It's gorgeous. Did you quilt your loops in lines or in different directions. I recently did loops on my Very First FMQ quilt, and I went all over the place, but I would have rather gone in lines, so if you did, then I would deem that technique quite acceptable. :-)

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    1. Yes, I quilted in rows across. It's my favorite way to FMQ, because it still feels organized!

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  20. The quilt is just lovely! What thread do you use for the quilting? It looks wonderful and your stitches so even.

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    1. I used a Metler thread. I think it was my first time FMQing with a Metler. Didn't seem any different.

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  21. this is so beautiful. What a lucky young lady!
    When you cut your scraps in to squares, what size are they usually? I have a ton of scraps but can't figure out what size I want them to be, lol...

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    1. Actually, I never cut my scraps until I have a project in mind. This time I am doing 3" squares for a postage stamp work in progress.

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  22. Gorgeous quilt! I love it and the backing fabric is fabulous for this quilt.

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  23. This quilt is lovely! Great pattern, and great colors. Very nice.

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  24. That quilt is gorgeous! It's been fun watching it come together.

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  25. The quilt is beautiful - love the colour range too.

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  26. Such a bright and beautiful quilt! An A++ for you in every way!!! Love it!

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  27. The flowers are pretty, but, oh my goodness!, the way those greens dance behind the blossoms is phenomenal!

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  28. Ah! She's beautiful! I love the loop-da-loop quilting you did .. it looks like it's following the path of someone waltzing :)

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    1. Thanks, Serena. That's what I was (secretly) thinking. hehe! It needed something playful, so loops was it!

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  29. This is absolutely lovely. Those colors are a burst of spring!

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  30. it's so beautiful! I'm looking for a pattern to make a quilt for my middle girl's 12th birthday, and I think this might be it.

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  31. It is stunning and I really like it more than I thought I would. I'm more of a sage avacado celery green girl, but I gotta say the bacground is amazing. I think it is the variety of greens used to give it depth and movement. I am a little concerned about the back. My experience with home dec fabric is MAJOR shrinkage. This may have to be drycleaned is it wasn't pre-shrunk.

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    1. Lucky for me, it was pre-shrunk, from my pre-shrinking days. Woohoo! But thanks for the warning for future.

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  32. Love love love this quilt ~ the colors are so striking ~ now I want to make one!

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  33. Wow! My eyes don't even know where to watch first. It's so gorgeous and bright. I LURVE it!

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  34. Such a pretty, happy quilt. Your niece will love it. I got a good chuckle out of your remark about sounding obnoxious on the FMQ ... I'm still struggling and when I look at the raggedy loops I did on my last quilt it makes me cringe. I know you are right, though. Just have to keep at it.

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  35. Blessings to you! It sounds like you have been through some rough stuff lately, so I am sorry! This quilt is fantastic!!! So bright and cheerful, I am sure it will be a huge blessing to your niece:) Will keep lifting you in prayer!!

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  36. Beautiful greens and flowers!

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  37. Beautiful and quite unique. The result is stunning!

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  38. It's absolutely stunning Rachel. I love myself a traditional looking quilt with a modern fabric feel to it.

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  39. This quilt is absolutely gorgeous! The color combo is fantastic, the pattern adorable and the backing and banding complement it perfectly. Congrats for a good job, can't wait to see the other 4!!!!!!

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  40. And now I doubly want spring to be sprung! Lovely : )

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  41. It is really beautiful, bright and cheery and I'm sure she will cherish it forever.

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  42. Wonderful work! The colors are beautiful! I currently obsessed with the colors from Frozen and picked out a pile of solids for my next quilt:-)

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  43. Hi!!! This is beautiful!!!!! Cheers me up just looking at it!!!! Thank You

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  44. Wow, this turned out so beautiful! I'm sure your niece will treasure it forever. It reminds me of something my grandmother might have made when I was a little girl. The colors are very nostalgic to me.

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  45. Just looking at this quilt makes me happy. I love flowers and the colors you chose are just gorgeous. I've already ordered the pattern. The recipient of this quilt is VERY lucky!!!

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