Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cobblestones quilt

Cobblestones quilt finish

Cobblestones quilt finish

Cobblestones quilt finish

What started as an exploration in tiny scrappy improv has finally come to fruition in a finished quilt!  I'm pretty happy with how it came out, most of all with the delicious Kona Kale sashing combined with those black cornerstone blocks.  I think those details set a cozy vintage mood that really makes the quilt for me.  The scrappy block-work is just a cherry on top. 

Progress was far slower than I would have liked, interrupted as it was by behind the scenes class quilts and a vacation and early pregnancy fatigue.  But, the saving grace was that my mom claimed this quilt early on.  That's the best kind of motivation. 

Cobblestones quilt finish

This is one of my better backings, I think.  It has a balanced composition and the big pieces allow the quilting to show off.  I need to remember to use solids on my backings.  So often I focus on using up big yardage pieces and forget that solids play along nicely.

Cobblestones quilt finish

I used some pretty fabrics on the back, including all the rest of my Chicopee Duet Dot (sniff) and Crescent Bloom from Anna Maria's True Colors.  For quilting, straight lines along each sashing seam created a large grid.  Over each cobblestones block, I free motion quilted a large floral design inspired by Erica at Kitchen Table Quilting.  It's more of an elegant design than I might normally do, but I knew my mom would love it.  Today I'll be bringing it home to her!

I wonder, hasn't every quilter made her mother a quilt?  It seems to be one of those quintessential quilter moments.  Here's to our gift of giving!

32 comments:

  1. Hmmmm, I love everything about this quilt.

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  2. Your mom has excellent taste!

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  3. Like Pat commented, I love everything about this quilt. How awesome you made it for your mother. I didn't take up quilting till after my Mom passed away in 2010, but now I quilt for her! :)

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  4. I love the kale/cornerstones too, and the fact that they're on point. Hoping Angled will inspire a quilt for my mom. :)

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  5. This quilt is drop-dead gorgeous! Your mom is one lucky lady!

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  6. Love the colors. Wonderful quilting too!!

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  7. Gosh that kona kale is so gorgeous! I love this quilt! I've made my mom 2 quilts, one for everyday and one for Christmas. Definitely my best recipient!

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    1. This is my second quilt for my mom too. They deserve it!

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  8. It is really beautiful. She will love it. And will snuggle with her new grand child soon.

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  9. I adore this quilt! In fact, I have recently ordered some Kona Kale. Can't wait for it to get here!

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    1. And the Kona Kale love spreads =) It really is one of my favorite colors now.

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  10. I like it! I like the colors, layout, and even that you sashed between the sections of the nine patch. It is a perfect representation of you and your quilts. I couldn't define it but if I saw this quilt in a random picture I would guess it was yours.

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  11. I loved this one from the beginning. What a beautiful finish too! I can't wait to dig into my scraps and make one.

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  12. I made my mum a quilt a couple of years ago. It was such an honour.

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  13. love this!! love the darker corner pieces!

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  14. Wow love that sashing and cornerstone block too. Great job.

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  15. It really turned out great. And yes I've made my mom a quilt, well sort of...I still need to quilt and bind it.

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  16. I'm not a green person but this quilt is so gorgeous !! And yes, I made my mom quilts. 2 queen and 2 throw ! She's a spoiled mom :)

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  17. I've made my mother just one quilt, my very first one! It's all hand-sewn, because I didn't have a machine then. I did borrow my friend's machine to sew the big pieces together, though. It's a sunbonnet girl quilt, meant to be me and my sister. Here's a photo of it :)

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/28293993@N08/14778359586/

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    1. Handsewn! Just as I suspected, there are many mom-quilts about.

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  18. Beautiful quilt. Love the colours. X

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  19. You have such a wonderful eye for color. Your choices are so beautiful.

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  20. Does your mother quilt? Mine does, and she's far better/more experienced/more skilled at it than I am. So, although I often THINK of making a quilt for her, I never have: it's hard to come up with something she couldn't do better, faster, and more to her liking.

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    1. Ahh... I can see that. No, my mother doesn't quilt or even sew much, so it's pretty different for us =)

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  21. This quilt really caught my eye - I love it! Do you mind if I take some inspiration from you and post about it on my blog? I would also like to pin it to my Pinterest board if you don't mind, of course, giving you full credit.

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  22. This is beautiful. I love the Chicopee cornerstores. I have bade my Mom 2 quilts: one when I first started quilting and one better one, ha ha. My mom doesn't sew or quilt either so it is nice to be able to give her something that I have made. And thanks for the shoutout, I was shocked when I saw my name in the post ;)

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  23. The 2nd quilt I ever made was for my mom
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/darcibee/6799134983/in/set-72157627541929702/

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  24. I love it - so nice to see it finished.

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  25. Now I feel bad as I haven't made my mum a quilt :( I wouldn't know where to start, she's very exacting in what she likes and doesn't like! I did make her a cushion for bedtime reading and she loved that. Maybe I just need a bit more confidence. Love, love, love your quilt though and I'm glad I know that this is Kona Kale. I find it really hard to buy solids online!

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