Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Love on Bourbon Street

Yesterday I may have made some slightly optimistic goals for my work day today.  I was hoping to finish assembling my Bourbon Street quilt top, create a quilt back, baste, quilt, bind, photograph and post about the finished project.  Lofty, high hopes though they were, it wasn't such a crazy plan given that Bourbon Street quilt top was just short two seams and it's a smallish quilt after all.

I'm not crazy!  Right?  Right.

But then, last night, I got only one hour of sleep.  The baby had a super fussy night.  That meant I had to start my work day with some catch up sleep and hope for the best....

Love on Bourbon Street

Love on Bourbon Street

Love on Bourbon Street

It all came together just in time for photographs before the early autumn nightfall.  Ta da!

Love on Bourbon Street

Oh my gosh, I love this quilt!  And, in my opinion, this is a super traditional quilt.  It has classic red and white "sashing" combined with scrappy, postage stamp appeal.  Working on it just after my improv project reminds me that I love all kinds of quilts, be they traditional repeated blocks, improv-crazy or works with lots of "modern" negative space.

Quilts are good.

Love on Bourbon Street

This quilt is a collaborative work, made with my bee mates in the Love Circle of do. Good Stitches, using the Bourbon Street pattern available at Connecting Threads.  It languished unfinished for quite some time, due to a missing block.  Perhaps the delay was meant to be, because it feels absolutely perfect for the time of year.  Doesn't it feel like a Christmas present quilt wrapped in red ribbon?  If we didn't already have a Christmas quilt, I think I'd be sorely tempted to make one exactly like this for our home!  I especially like how the different shades of red add extra depth to the work.

Love on Bourbon Street

Love on Bourbon Street is quilted with my fastest finish - continuous figure eights.  Backing and bindings are mainly Denyse Schmidt fabrics, including Deco Fan (which always makes a fab binding). To be donated to someone in need.

Thanks for sewing with me, Love circle!

42 comments:

  1. I almost never comment, but just got to say how generous it is to give such a beautiful quilt to a person in need.

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  2. Oh I love this!!! I am a small project type of quilter...but this could change my way of doing things! Lovely! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! sue.

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  3. Your quilt is beautiful. I love this pattern, it definitely is on my Quilty bucket list. Oh and amazing job finishing in one hours sleep!! Yikes

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  4. I love how it turned out Rachel... just beautiful!

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  5. Gorgeous! I agree with you on the different shades of red ~ they look like jewels to me. :)

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  6. This quilt is stunning. I hope tonight is more peaceful.

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  7. Gosh, I really love this! I don't know if the different reds in the diamonds are deliberate but they look fantastic.

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    1. Thanks, Jane! When I planned this quilt as a bee quilt, I asked for solid reds knowing that the reds would be different. I've found that the trick to a great bee quilt is finding ways to make the variety of fabrics work for me. This time that magic happened!

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  8. This quilt is a showstopper. It's on my must-make list. : )

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  9. It's gorgeous! I love the organized scrappiness.

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  10. This is beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Rachel.

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  11. Love, love, love this quilt! It's beautiful the fabrics and the quilting are stunning:-)

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  12. I think the variegated reds you all used for the diamonds really make this quilt-adds such depth and sparkle.

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  13. This is stunning Rachel and I love that scrappy and traditional have melded into such beauty. Congrats to the love circle:))

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  14. I don't know how you are going to part with this one it's so beautiful. I do love all those different reds.

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  15. This is gorgeous! I love it. :) Happy Thanksgiving.

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  16. love continues in spite of it all...I love this quilt too

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  17. Wow how lovely!!! Love the interplay with the Reds. Makes me almost wish I was that "person in need" to have it!! Highest compliments to your crew of makers. Makes me want to make it. ❤️

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  18. I love this quilt! WOW! I think I will have to make this pattern, it is wonderful.

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  19. Hi Rachel, Yay Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful to know you.
    I love this quilt too. I do love RED, but not red everywhere, I love this.
    I knew this quilt was going to turn out phenomenal
    I hope you caught up a little on sleep. My daughter and her hubbs are weary too.
    Her hubbs starts a new job next week and for the next three weeks Christina is panicking about
    the 3pm to 7pm "shift" I want her to drive over here every day (nine measily miles) and she can sleep in her old bed. I will manage Sarah. She is funny.
    I hope you had a restful day.
    I really want a Juki... it is on my Amazon wish list.... :-P
    But I do have a lot of trusty old Singers.
    Hugs and prayers for you, always

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    1. I think she should take you up on that offer! Yes, I have caught up on sleep. Actually, baby started sleeping in her room (with lots of monitors). So far, it's working better, but we'll see if it lasts. I hope you get the Juki someday. You'll be glad you did!

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  20. Wow you kick those goals right out of the water! And oh my I love this quilt too! Its been so great watching it come together. What an amazing gift for someone in need. Xx

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  21. That quilt is soooo beautiful! Congratulations to your group of makers for a job well done and to you for an outstanding finish! Peace be with you and your precious family.

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  23. This quilt is fab!!! Kudos for powering through after a fussy, sleepless night.

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  24. WOW! This quilt is so beautiful, love the red star/diamonds, just everything is right in it! It's so wonderful that it will be going to someone in need, I hope they cherish it.
    Hope you get that sleep you need ~ sending love.

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  25. It's super stunning Rachel!!! I'm in total love with it all!

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  26. This is fantastic! Your vision really came together beautifully - I think this is one of my favorites from the bee. I'm really going to miss hunting for my block(s) in the finished quilts. ;) Thanks for working so hard to finish this in such a lovely way!

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  27. I love it and the different reds give it such life!
    Wonderful job everyone.

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  28. This is just stunning! Well done ladies

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  29. Truly beautiful and I am super impressed you quilted this on a domestic...those continuous figure eighths must have been quite the workout!!!

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    1. Actually, the figure eights are pretty easy on my Juki. It has a bit more room than typical sewing machines. I"m so luck to have it!

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  30. This is just glorious! The red diamond "sashing" is one of the most striking things I've seen in a quilt in a while. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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