Monday, October 6, 2014

Petal Path quilt finished

Petal Path finished!

Petal Path finished!

It's finished!  Actually, I managed to finish it just in time for my shipping deadline last week.  Phew!  That's a huge weight off my shoulders.  Do you like how it turned out?

Actually, it did come together in the way I had hoped.  I like how the flowers meander down one side of the bed; the way the "background" surrounding them is visually complex, yet not as strong as the flowers; and the way the border adds a nice (and quick-to-sew) frame.  It all worked out!  It usually does.  The key is to keep going!

Petal Path finished!

Petal Path finished!

My quickest quilting mode (continuous eights) suits this quilt perfectly, thank goodness.  I made some simple hera markings to guide me and went at it!  Honestly, I think the binding took as long as the quilting.  Keep in mind, I machine bind!

Petal Path finished!

Speaking of binding, I used a vivid Kona pink that totally matches the border fabric up close, but looks a bit bright when you step back.  I think it works, but a lighter pink would have been better.  That's something to keep in mind when you're working with a low volume border.  Matching the literal color may not be as key as matching the color as it's perceived at a comfortable distance.

Petal Path finished!

The border fabric, that pretty bird print and several other fabrics used here are by Heather Bailey, from her recent Up Parasol collection for FreeSpirit (available here and here).  This soft, girly look is going to be perfect for my little, little niece.

Petal Path finished!

On the back, I did my usual mix up of large cuts I happened to have on hand. There's the rest of those birds and a yard of a Pretty Potent print by Anna Maria Horner.  Sometimes, on the back of a bed quilt, anything goes.

Petal Path finished!

And that's a wrap!  This quilt and another for my nephew are already winging their way to family in California.  I've enjoyed sewing for my nieces and nephews this year, but I'm ready for a season of sewing for my own little ones now.  

On with the baby stuff.  Hurrah!

45 comments:

  1. So gorgeous! Love the quilting too!

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  2. I love this! It is my hands-down favorite of the quilts you've made with this flower.

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  3. I don't think you should have matched the binding. Use that tiny color pop as an accent which you did well

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  4. This is lovely, Rachel! It's sweet and happy -- just perfect for a little girl! I'm sure your niece will cherish it! Congrats on finishing it up and being able to move on to some sewing for your own (growing) family!

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  5. I really like how it looks on the bed, beautifully sweet. But I'm sure it will look nice as a tent or teddy bear picnic blanket too ;)

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  6. I love the big, scrappy patchwork, the sweetness of the flowers and the loopy 8 quilting. It's lovely.

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  7. A-dor-a-ble. Your niece is sure to love it!

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  8. I love how this finished up; beautiful!!!

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  9. Just stunning you clever girl you. Love it. P xxx

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  10. I love how the flowers cascade down the quilt ~ just what you wanted and you achieved it beautifully. And the flowers pop just enough against the green background.

    I sit here in awe of how quickly you put together your quilts. Not to mention all that baby sewing that is underway! And yet, I am still working at piecing my Indian triangles quilt together, SLOWLY (and this is a fast quilt to put together). My youngest of 3 littles is 3 himself and provides me with plenty of interruptions! :) If I only had a tick of your speed, oh what one could achieve!

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  11. It turned out so pretty, love the quilting also!

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  12. aah, what a beauty. I so love how this quilt turned out. Love the quilting, too. Perfection for sure :)

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  13. So lovely!!

    And, if I haven't said so, Congratulations on your sweet baby.

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  14. Rosemary B here:
    Oh WOWIE this turned out absolutely cutie wonderful and adorbs.
    I love it. Well done.

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  15. OK, now I must own some Up Parasol! It's the perfect print for this lovely quilt.

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  16. this turned out fabulous! I love the placement of the flowers.

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  17. Gorgeous! I enjoyed reading your commentary about the design.

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  18. It is beautiful Rachel - turned out so well. I particularly love the quilting. I am new to FMQ but would love to give this design a go :-)

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  19. Stunning. Your niece is a lucky girl.

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  20. I just have to tell you how much I enjoy the quilt ~ ~ It is totally unique and happy. I also like the brighter fabric for the binding ~ ~ it frames it and grounds the softer colors so they won't just float away :)

    I'm a timid FMQ, but am determined to give your 8's a try on my next project! Thank you for the inspiration and reminder!

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  21. It turned out beautifully as I knew it would. The sutle changes you made did the trick. And it looks completely different on bed. I'm sure it will be well loved by it's new owner.

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  22. How very lovely! Lucky girl to get this one. :-)

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  23. I love the way you just did a few flowers cascading down the quilt ,,, this pattern feels more 'doable' to me now!

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  24. It looks beautiful, I'm sure it will be treasured.

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  25. Oh, this quilt is so sweet! Love how you arranged the blocks and only used a few ~

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  26. Lovely! The quilting compliments it perfectly!

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  27. Oh my goodness, that quilt literally took my breath away. The colors and your gorgeous work make me so envious. Maybe, just maybe, I will someday make something that lovely.

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  28. Real amazing Rachel, it is so cute quilt for a girl!

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  29. This is so pretty. Love the off-center flowers and the very pink binding. :)

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  30. Like everyone has said, this turned out so pretty. Nicely done.

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  31. Gorgeous! I love the background and the meandering flowers it gives it such a modern vibe with a vintage flowers look! If that makes any sense, probably not. Anyway I love it and I'm sure you niece will be very excited to receive this in the mail!

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  32. Gorgeous, Rachel! I love, love, love this one!!!

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  33. Looks fantastic! Your niece is sure to love it!

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  34. I absolutely love the quilt! I have a question for you about your labels. Where do you have yours made? They look like satin labels. I've been getting cotton ones that have my logo printed on but after a couple washes the logo washes off. I'd like something more permanent.

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  35. Yes! This makes me so happy! I think I'm enjoying your success as much as if it were my own. It's so beautiful and unique, Rachel!

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  36. It's positively gorgeous. I love the asymmetrical nature of the flower placement and each of the bold flowers. What a treasure for your niece!

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  37. This is absolutely beautiful what a lucky little girl to receive this. She will feel very special.

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