Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn Air quilt finished!

Autumn Air quilt for Daniel

Autumn Air quilt for Daniel

Autumn Air quilt for Daniel

At last!  Finished and photographed on a deliciously cool, autumn day.  This patchwork quilt was simple to piece and so very scrap-friendly.  I definitely enjoy quilts that go together in rows.  Seems to make the planning easier.

Autumn Air quilt for Daniel

It's a full-size quilt, for my 17-year-old nephew.  And, gosh, it pretty well covers our queen bed!  I made it slightly larger than the "double" quilt size on the Pink Chalk Fabrics' "Standard Quilt Sizes" chart they send with all orders.   That little chart comes in handy all the time.

Autumn Air quilt for Daniel

My quilt back is mainly Denyse Schmidt fabrics and a yard cut of Kona Coal.  When I use leftover or large fabric cuts for my quilt backings, I like to plan them on the floor before piecing.  First I lay out the quilt top, then cover it with quilt backing fabric possibilities.  With the quilt top guiding the size, I rearrange and add/subtract fabrics until I can see that the backing will finish larger than the quilt top, once sewn together. 

I usually aim for a back that uses up some fabrics I don't need anymore while feeling interesting and somewhat balanced.  I rarely do anything too fiddly since by this time I want to move on to the next project.  With a bed quilt, you hardly ever see the back anyway!

Autumn Air quilt for Daniel

For a quick finish (remember my weekend?) I zigzag quilted in straight lines straddling each row seam, plus a few extra lines of quilting in-between rows for even spacing.  Zigzags are such a strong and forgiving stitch for quilting.  Plus, it matches my binding finish!  

Autumn Air quilt for Daniel

That's a wrap, super-scrappy binding and all!  One more quilt to go, this time for my little niece, and then I'll send them both off for early October birthdays.  Yay!

37 comments:

  1. Rachel, it's just beautiful. So warm and bright at the same time, just gorgeous! It puts me right in the mood for Fall. Thanks for sharing, it's just wonderful.

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  2. Love your beautiful quilt - so very masculine but not the least bit boring!

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  3. Ah, such a wonderful quilt indeed!

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  4. It is a great quilt, very autumn looking and perfect for a young man !! Such a sweet aunt!

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  5. Love, love the scrappy goodness!

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  6. I really love it. Just enough variety [color, contrast, volume] and not so much that it overwhelms. Nice work!

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  7. I love it...so much that I can't wait to do something similar! What great colors, whether for a guy or a girl, but I'm sure he'll love it also.

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  8. awesome!!! I love the scrappy look!

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  9. it's fabulous - I bet he will love it!

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  10. Wonderful colours choice, love it.

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  11. This quilt really speaks to me and it's saying very nice things.

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  12. Love it! You have a gift with color! Makes me want to pull out my scraps and do something!!!!

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  13. This quilt looks like fun to sew - using up fabric 'chunks' as you go. Love the colors you put together. Looks beautiful!!

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  14. Very nice! I'm going to try zig-zag quilting - never thought of it. Thanks for thinking outside the box for me. ;)

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    1. Have to agree with you about the zig-zag quilting. As a really new quilter, it's something I could do.

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  15. I love this quilt Rachel! The colors and the way you pieced the rows....perfectly awesome!!

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  16. It turned out so lovely. I'm always in awe of how you can do scrappy without being busy. Love the balance of the orange/black with the low volumes.

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  17. Bravo and well done! I love a good finish :)

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  18. What a great autumn quilt! Scrappy quilts are my favorite.

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  19. i love autumn and everything autumn, your quilt is no exception.

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  20. Aaaaaand...now I am in the mood for the season change. Lovely, Rachel!

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  21. I love this quilt! So fresh and zingy!

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  22. I love the irregular rectangles...especially that little orange one sneaking into the big guys row in the first photo, bottom left corner.

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    1. Thanks, Jill. Dealing with irregularities is one of the things I like most about patchwork. I love that "not enough's" equal a richer and more interesting scenario.

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  23. I would love to see this standard quilt sizes chart! I guess I better go order something from Pink Chalk...

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  24. I love this! Those colors are making me hope some fall weather shows up soon!

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  25. What a great finish - I do the same thing when I'm planning a pieced backing!

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  26. It's beautiful and huge! Love your quilting, I might have to give that a go :)

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  27. Beautiful finish ~ these fall colors are so warm it makes you want to snuggle right in and have a cup of coffee.

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  28. Gorgeous quilt!! I can imagine cuddling under it on a stormy fall day with the fireplace going!!!

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  29. I hope you have time for one more comment. Just saw this over on Flickr. Love the masculine lines and colour of this. So perfect for a guy

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  30. I shared this post on my FB page and people loved it! (I do too!)

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  31. Lovely. lovely quilt. Wow - those colours! Is there a pattern for this quilt?

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Claudia. No, there's no pattern for this, but the construction is very simple and based entirely on your scraps. I bet you could make it happen! This is even suitable for a first quilt.

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