Friday, September 12, 2014

{the Purge} my Picnic Quilt + Links + Grand Prize

Purge buttonIt's time!  Have you been purging along?  Today our last link up opens, with your chance to win a bundle of batting from The Warm Company!

And, ta da!  I have a purgy finish.  This morning I hustled to quilt and photograph my finished purge picnic quilt.  Hustle, hustle because we are about to load the car and hit the road for a weekend camping trip!

As it happens, I made this picnic quilt for my friend Angela, who'll b camping too.  What fun it will be to show up with this crazy, happy blanket!  That's why I couldn't resist getting this finished just in the nick of time.

finished Purge picnic quilt!

With the wide Kona Cyan border, this quilt measures just under 70" square.  Like all my picnic quilts, I skipped batting for a more compact and lightweight finish.  The quilt top and back were sewn right sides together, flipped right side out and finished with an edge stitch rather than binding.  Quick and easy!

finished Purge picnic quilt!

finished Purge picnic quilt!

Since this picnic quilt has so much piecing, I reinforced the quilt top with fairly dense straight line quilting, criss-crossing over all those solid squares.  At last minute, I decided not to quilt in the wide Cyan border.  It doesn't really need it, without any batting to stabilize.  This saved me lots of time, as that area would have had to be marked before quilting.

finished Purge picnic quilt!

Ok, I love how this turned out!  It's so surely a picnic blanket.

finished Purge picnic quilt!

For the back I snagged an Ikea print that just felt so right for Angela.  In fact, when she visited recently, she spied the print and admired it.  Awesome!  It's one of Ikea's heavyweight fabrics, so it'll make a durable back to withstand the sand and rocks it's sure to be dragged over someday.  These bright, cooky birds totally fit with the crazy Purge patchwork too!

finished Purge picnic quilt!

To bring the backing up to size, I pieced in two more similar weight fabrics.  These two are some of my favorites, actually.  It's always easier for me to use my best stash when I know who the work is meant for.

Well thanks, friends, for inspiring me with the idea to hold our Purge-along this summer.  Wouldn't have done it without you!  I hope you've also had a good time with it and are feeling a little lighter, a little fresher on this side of our efforts!

{the Purge} Link-up and Grand Prize

Have you been purging along?  Add a photo to document each purge project you completed since we started purging in July, for your chance(s) to win our grand prize.  You may include photos from previous Purge link-ups, but only one completed project photo per project.  I can't wait to see all we've done!

This time our prize is sponsored by The Warm Company, makers of my favorite batting and other products I like to use as well!  If you've been following Stitched in Color for awhile, you know I like to do a humungous roll of batting for big prizes.  That's because batting is like bread for a quilter.  You need it; you want it; but you don't really want to spend your pretty pennies on it if you can help it!

Quilter's Grand prize!

Thanks to my friends at The Warm Company one lucky quilter is going to be rolling in the good stuff.  It'll be winner's choice of Warm & Natural or Warm & White batting in a gigantic (and quite valuable) 90" wide, 40 yard roll.  So you'll be set to make a whole lot of quilts! 

Note:  Because this huge roll is quite expensive to ship, this exact prize must ship to the U.S. or Canada.  Sorry!  If Mr. Random selects an international winner, she can designate a U.S. address OR opt to receive a queen package of The Warm Company's new thicker 100% ULTRA clean cotton premium batting called Warm & Plush, sent to her international doorstep! 

Add your photo(s) now through midnight (eastern time) Wednesday, September 17th to enter to win our grand prize.  You may upload a photo directly from your computer, no url necessary, no blog necessary. Click the blue "Add your link" button below the photos to add your photo.  Winners will be contacted by email on Thursday.  Good luck!

*****Link Up Closed*******

Friends, it is truly AMAZING how much you all got done in this Purge!  Way to go!  Mr. Random has selected entry #33 to receive this grand prize.   Congratulations, April.  I'll be in touch!


31 comments:

  1. The final picnic quilt looks beautiful! I especially love your backing choices, it's all so much fun. :)

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  2. Hope you have a lovely picnic with your new quilt. I just took pictures today of baby quilts and a batik quilt that I recently made from what was in my sewing room. Very timely for entering your contest. Love that batting also.
    Kathie L

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  3. Hi Rachel, this has been such fun purging! I've finished three Charity Baby Quilts, even though it is summertime! Thanks !

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  4. I've really enjoyed the purging and thanks for such a great prize. It's so good too that there's an alternative for international readers! And, the picnic quilt looks lovely.

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  5. I have enjoyed the Purge. I finished several projects, but I am most happy that my scraps are under control (dont know how long that will last though LOL)

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  6. A few weeks ago my husband commented to me that my fabric collection is getting out of hand.... Seriously? When I was actually thinking that I might need to get more!! Lol
    So not only did I reorganize my fabric to make it appear smaller, but I also decided it was high time that I start making some quilts!! And it just so happens that my SIL is celebrating her 60th birthday, and I have four friends expecting babies!!! Hey! This batting would come in very handy!!!

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  7. The quirky bird fabric is the icing on the cake ~ your friend is sure to love this picnic quilt. I love how your 2 kiddos are fashioned on either end of the roll of batting (it shows just how ginormous this roll really is)!

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  8. I love your picnic quilt Rachel, and the bird fabric on the back is fantastic - I think I have 1/2 meter of that in my stash somewhere too! Love that you didn't use batting too - it is too hot where I live for quilts, so I think this might be the way to go for me. I have enjoyed the idea of the purge so much - and am determined to continue using my scraps :-)

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  9. Your quilt turned out just great! And so many super quilts linked up already! Lots of fun!

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  10. Your quilt is so gorgeous! Great scraps

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  11. Love your quilt! Thanks to you all the freedom of the purge

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  13. I am an old style quilter, grew up with it, did it, put it down for many years while working and raising kids, but am now getting back into it. In fact I am so old style that there is still a part of me that cringes at machine quilting no matter how well done and not withstanding the fact that my arthritic hands cannot hand quilting any longer. But my question is, since you quilted the middle section and not the border, is this quilt going to draw up some when washed and will you have a ruffle instead of a border afterward? And your quilts are beautiful.

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  14. Your picnic blanket finish is amazing! I know she will love it! That's something I need to make to keep in our car. All the beautiful colors and prints are so cheery and sunny just as a picnic should be. Hope you have a great camping trip! Thank YOU for all the Purge inspiration, I've had so much fun sewing and purging along! :)

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  15. oH Rachel, I absolutely love this quilt! It¡s so full of color... it makes me feel happy only to see it, I love this cyan color in the border too.
    What size are the squares? Didn't you punt any wadding at all,only the top and the wadding?

    Thanks for your help

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    1. Hi there! No, I did not use any wadding at all. It is just the front quilted to the back. Simple! The squares finish 2". Thanks =)

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  16. Love this whole concept and been following along at a distance. Now I wish I had jumped right in with all you! Your project and the links all came out awesome. Love the controlled scrappy look they all possess! Great work here and you may have just inspired me to do a little purging myself!

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  17. I love your beautiful quilt. Good luck to everyone with the contest....in my typical fashion I'm just getting around to doing some purging now.

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  18. your picnic quilt is so pretty! the blue border really sets it off! Thanks for hosting this.

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  19. I love your finished picnic quilt! The craziness works wonderful. I have really gotten my fabrics in order thru this purge. I didn't make a large quilt out of my stash, but I did transform many scraps and unloved fabrics into gifts for kids in need and many more sorted to make more. Thanks for the inspiration. I would enjoy an annual purging party event.

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    1. So glad to hear it, Cheryl. I too was wondering if we might do this annually...

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  20. Yes! I love the annual idea! This was GREAT for me and other people in my life- I made some gifts with fabric I didn't love but other people appreciated what I made for them. I did a loose tally of what I purged- and I ended up making things out of 17 yards of fabric- more than a bolt!

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    1. Oh my gosh - 17 yards of fabric! That is AMAZING. Way to go!!!

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  21. Your quilt turned out fabulous!! This is my first quilt I have ever finished and I love how it turned out! I feel so free and creative when I do "unplanned" sewing. I love scraps!

    I'm having trouble with this link up. I can see the thumbnail, but when you click it doesn't load the full size photo. I'm trying to upload a file from my computer. Am I doing something wrong on my end?

    Thanks for the inspiration and the opportunity to win a great prize!

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    1. Wow, I'm so happy for you on finishing your first quilt!!!! Thanks for sharing it here. I think that when you upload a photo from your computer it does not have the technology to show a larger picture when you click on the thumbnail. I think it only does that when a photo is hosted on another website, so that there is a url linked. Then when you click on the thumbnail, it opens the larger picture at that linked url. If you were to load this photo on Facebook or Flickr, for example, you could copy/paste the url where it is displayed and use that for the link up. Sorry for the trouble!

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    2. No trouble at all! I will take my first one down and see if I can get it to work with Facebook or Flickr. Thanks so much for the help!

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  22. Great quilt! I finished my picnic quilt without batting too. It makes it so much easier to throw into a bag with everything else for the outing.

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  23. Someone recently ask me if I was a quilter. When I'm asked that question I usually tell them that I sew mostly clothing, but I sew anything I want. I might make a jacket today and then use the same pattern to make a quilted jacket, or one of my grandchildren will ask for a quilt and I will make one.

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  24. Your picnic quilt is so lovely. I think you can really tell that something not so fun can be fun when it is done up like that. Love it.
    I was able to finish 4 projects for the Purge that I entered and another quilt top done as of today and a box with a leader and ender project that has about 400 squares ready to sew together. I am considering this Purge project a huge success for me!!! Thanks for hosting this.

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  25. thank you for the motivation to complete one quilt and 2 tops (ready for completion)!
    This was great fun and the finishes are fantastic :D

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  26. Thanks for some much needed motivation Rachel!! Need to focus on UFOs now!

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