Friday, December 11, 2015

Pumpkin Spice quilt

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?

Pumpkin Spice patchwork quilt

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 patchwork quilt

Pumpkin Spice!  The bindings are solid coffee brown, crimson burgundy and paprika rust, all from cutting scraps.

Pumpkin Spice patchwork quilt

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... 

Pumpkin Spice patchwork quilt

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.

27 comments:

  1. So lovely! Orange just warms me.

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  2. So glad to hear the surgery went well. I hope you guys get to see the benefits of over Christmas. Lots of love to you all x x x P.S. Beautiful quilt too!

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  3. So glad to hear that Eleni's surgeries went well! Best wishes for her recovery and continued progress. :) And this quilt is all fall, pumpkin spice indeed!

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  4. Such good news for Eleni. I hope she has a good week-end of recovery.
    This quilt turned out beautiful. Meantime.... here, everything at a snails' pace lol.
    I am so happy that you completed this quilt. You can be very satisfied with this result. It is lovely

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  5. Yippee for Eleni! I hope her quality of life will be majorly improved! Also--holy moly, I love that quilt. I'm from East Tennessee (go Vols), where orange is a really big deal :) Love it.

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  6. I really like it. I know what you mean about not getting what you are expecting--can be rather jarring. There's usually some point during any quilt make that I think "gosh what was I thinking". Then it usually passes---

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  7. PS--Hoping things are easier for you too when surgeries help Eleni to feel better.

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  8. The quilt turned out beautifully! I'm happy that Eleni did well with her surgery.

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  9. Dear Rachel I'm so happy to hear the surgeries went fine and hope that New Year will bring you easier days and lot of happiness! I love this quilt and I think you picked just right colours. Small squares look always so cute and I prefer the diagonal quilting with them. The quilting process and all the ideas and planning before and during is as important as the finished quilt. Merry Christmas! x Teje

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  10. Love the orange. Great Eleni did well with the surgery. Keeping you in my thoughts and hope she has a speedy recovery.

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  11. Your volume and quality of work is amazing and so beautiful! Praying that hope makes a come back as a result of the surgeries xx

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  12. Wow - you did an amazing job with this quilt. It looks great! Thank you also for keeping us updated with Eleni. Praying for an easier and happier road for all of you.

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  13. Who doesn't choose a quilting pattern based on speed and convenience ??? Certainly not me.

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  14. It came out great. I am sure someone will enjoy cuddling up under it. So glad to hear Eleni's surgery went well.

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  15. Being someone who loves orange ~ I LOVE this quilt and the simple quilting!

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  16. Beautiful quilt, lovely colors! Once my Mom told me I made too many orange quilts! Lol. I love autumn colors! Blessing to Eleni!

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  17. What a beauty. I love it, and I especially love the name.

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  18. It's always so interesting (and inspiring) to read about your design process. The quilt is great!
    I'm very glad the surgeries went well and I continue to hold Eleni and you and the rest of your family in my heart. Lots of good wishes coming your way.

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  19. I also LOVE to do cross hatch quilting! It's definitely my default quilting :)

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  20. I love your quilt it's beautiful! So glad Eleni's surgery went well and hope she recovers well:-)

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  21. i don't know how you did it, but you certainly transformed this into a beautiful quilt. Your color sense is fabulous. Happy to hear that Eleni came through her surgery well, and I hope it results in a happier, more comfortable baby.

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  22. I'm so glad to hear that it went well and I hope it makes a big difference in her sleeping.
    Pumpkin Spice turned out so warm and cozy!

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  23. It is just the epitome of fall. And so glad to hear about Eleni. Thinking of you!

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  24. Wow. You work really fast, even when you are not happy with fabric choices. It's so nice and colorful, just like fall! Prayers for Eleni and the whole family.

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  25. I was so happy to read that Eleni came through her surgery successfully. The Nissen procedure made my daughter so much more comfortable, even though she could not eat at that point. No more aspirating, and less irritation to her esophagus. Every step forward is a good step.

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  26. It's great news that Eleni came through her surgery well and I hope it does wonders for her ability to swallow.

    This is a great quilt Rachel! The color scheme was made perfect by your addition of dark blue. Great backing too. :) Now you can dream up another color scheme.

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  27. I'm so glad the surgery went well! Praying for a quick recovery and noticeable improvement.
    I can taste pumpkin pie and chai tea just looking at this quilt! Amazing!

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