Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pink Latte {a finished quilt}

There is nothing like a sunny day after weeks and weeks of clouds and rain.  And I suppose that is what one's troubled heart wishes it could believe, could hold on to.  I have read through about half of your comments on Eleni's 7 month update post.  I didn't think reading them would help... but it did.  Being brutally honest about my feelings gave you the opportunity to speak words of healing.  Thank you.

Pink Latte quilt finished
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The sun is shining now, reflecting off pools of standing water all over the state of South Carolina.  It lights up the continuous eight quilting on my Pink Latte herringbone quilt. The vintage-inspired pretty little floral and soft neutrals are precisely as feminine-zen as I had hoped.

Pink Latte quilt finished

I love how this quilt turned out!  Especially the top/bottom border of tiny, leftover squares - that's the best part.  Or the diamonds at the herringbone rows - maybe that's the best part?  Well, I don't know, but I'm pleased with the finish.

Pink Latte quilt finished

For the quilt back, I used several yards of Wild + Free Woven Path from Fat Quarter Shop.  I sewed together the selvedge, which I didn't even bother to remove, with an extra generous seam allowance.  The result looks like a continuous piece of fabric, unless you really search for the break in the pattern.

Wild + Free Woven path backing

Although I also appreciate pieced quilt backs, I knew this particular quilt wanted something more streamlined.  This print is the ideal combination of simple and sophisticated. 

Pink Latte quilt finished

So, I'm not sure why I departed from "sophisticated" to finish her with red thread, but something about that felt exactly right.  See zigzag binding and herringbone block tutorials to make your own.  

I haven't finished a quilt in awhile (what have I been doing?), so finishing this felt mighty nice.  I was feeling all charged up, eager to go on to finish my improv quilt and then get back to paper piecing the scrappy pickle when I realized it's October... Halloween costume coming up next.

19 comments:

  1. Good job - totally in love with the backing fabric... and the "right" side also of course ;-) Best wishes from France <3

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  2. I really like this one. And I love the red thread in the finish!

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  3. It all goes together so nicely...

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  4. Love it! Last Easter I made my kids each a quilt that we all call 'car quilts' because the quilts always stay in the car. So for those quilts I followed your zig zag binding tutorial, and the tutorial worked perfectly! Thanks so much for your inspiration and posts.

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  5. Gorgeous quilt, Rachel. The backing is so perfect, as you say. I love the way you quilted it and the red zig zag is so fresh and unexpected. Well done!

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  6. Fabulous quilt!! And I really, really love that red you used for binding. Such a perfect little unexpected touch.

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  7. Your finishes always take my breath away. I love how it all comes together so perfectly with the backing, quilting, and fun binding with the red stitches!

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  8. Yes Rachel, this is a really pretty quilt. I love the soft colors and yep, the diamonds.
    Love always ♥️

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  9. Beautiful, Rachel!! The top/bottom borders are a great detail and your backing couldn't me more well chosen! Interesting binding too!

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  10. This sure is a very nice colour combination. The squares are fun!
    I like the red zig-zags and the backing too;)
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  11. Love this one. Love the colors, live the surprise diamonds in it, the squares at the top and bottom and love the red stitching on the binding. Its calming with just the right surprise tiny kicks.

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  12. It has a soft relaxing feel with a bit of vintage and the red thread adds the perfect touch of unexpected. And yay, for a finish!

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  13. Lovely finish. I really loved the colors in this one from the start. I have to remember your zig zag binding when I need a quick finish. Yay for sunshine.

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  14. Sounds like a quilt finish was a great tonic for you..life carries on Rachel it's just a little different now! I love the leftover squares best and the red binding thread! xxx

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  15. I love, love, love the backing. It's perfect and comfy.

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