I so enjoyed reading your comments and suggestions from my "orange ruined everything" post. You're right that a warm, plummy purple might have been just the thing, rather than the cool "violet" I was using. But, oops, that idea came along too late!
Still, it felt good to get all my negative feelings about the way this project went out of the way, so that I could move on to a finish. And, I should probably clarify that I don't hate the finished work one little bit. It's just that the palette got away from me. It's not what I thought I was making. Sometimes satisfaction is more about expectations and process than about the finish, you know?
Sweeping said expectations aside, the finished quilt is something I can be proud of. It's a warm, autumnal work with sweet "candied lollies", adorable Cotton & Steel kitties and a hint of midnight navy to ground all that orange.
Pumpkin Spice! The bindings are solid coffee brown, crimson burgundy and paprika rust, all from cutting scraps.
I quilted her up with straight lines intersecting each 2.5" finished square with a classic "x". I enjoy quilting small scale patchwork with an all-over grid because you don't have to mark any lines. Yep, I'm still a lazy quilter and mostly choose a quilting pattern based on speed and convenience...
On the back, some large pieces of yardage from my stash came together quite nicely. I particularly like that Denyse Schmidt Hadley dot. It's on the front of the quilt too, so everything ties together nicely.
Pumpkin Spice is a throw quilt now listed in my Etsy shop. Ok, all you orange lovers. This one's for you! Thanks for still reading even after I heartlessly defamed your favorite color earlier this week (wink).
p.s. Eleni just reached recovery after her double surgeries today. According to the surgeons, everything went very well. Thank you for your prayers and loving thoughts! We expect to take her home on Tuesday or Wednesday and hope she find life a little easier on the other side.