Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Lotus quilt finish

Hello again!  It's back to the everyday for those of us in the States who just enjoyed a three day weekend.  My family managed to getaway for a few nights camping at the lake.  Yes, a very pregnant me slept in a tent and hiked to the bathroom (quite frequently) for three days.  That's not exactly my cup of tea, but I did appreciate the extra time as an extended family with my parents.

finished Lotus quilt

I took along my Lotus quilt and finished the handquilting on the drive.

finished Lotus quilt

After machine quilting along the block seams, I chose to add handquilting around each flower's outer edge and inside the center circles too.

finished Lotus quilt

The back is soft and snugly flannel in warm yellow-orange and coral pink.

finished Lotus quilt

These cool melon colors were so tantalizing late spring and refreshing this summer.  Now that autumn is almost here, I'm craving a whole new color scheme.  In fact, we probably need another mosaic contest to celebrate the change of seasons!  I'll get on that.

A special thanks to Claudia, who contacted me to purchase this quilt in advance.  It was a delight to labor at the handquilting knowing that someone was already making space for the finished work in her home.  And such a compliment too!

p.s. Follow my Lotus block tutorial to make your own.

30 comments:

  1. Actually sleeping on the floor of a tent ! I take my hat off . Also to sewing on the drive , I can't even Mapread in the car . I do love your lotus quilt , well done

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    1. Haha, thanks, Helen! Well, we did have an inflatable mattress to sleep upon. Not that it stays inflated the whole night, but it helps quite a bit!

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  2. This is really beautiful quilt, Rachel! I'm happy that it has already good home to move! x Teje

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  3. Love the quilt - I've done my share of tent camping so been there and done that - so glad that we now have a small motor home wouldn't trade it for nothing!

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  4. Tent camping is not my idea of fun. Glad you survived. Love your Lotus.

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    1. See, I knew I would receive empathy from you all! My husband and kids ADORE tent camping. =)

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  5. I am not a camper but I know many people that love it. You are definitely a trooper. I love this quilt! It is one of my favorites that you have made. Claudia is very lucky to own this quilt. It is beautiful.

    Leslie

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  6. Oh it is just beautiful, and one of my favorites of your designs, Rachel!! I was in a (self-climbing!)tree stand, hunting, the day my first was born...I was a lot younger, phew...it might have had a little something to do with his slightly early arrival, lol!

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  7. Gorgeous quilt, love the colors.

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  8. Oh I really like the quilting
    This is a great finish, Rachel. I really enjoyed this block.
    Your colors looks so great. I love the way yours turned out.
    Lucky Claudia. She will have a wonderful quilt made by You♥️
    I have two more lotus blocks to make. I will try to get them done so I can get all of my other stuff that is not done - yes, get that done too.
    I hope you have a wonderful week. !!

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    1. PS: I do not like camping: hard floor, bugs, spiders and etc.
      You are a Super Trooper!

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  9. You're impressive, pregnant and camping. That's an all time Mom win. This quilt is absolutely stunning, I love the color combination and the low volume. Great work, Claudia is going to love this one.

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    1. Thanks so much! I do like to think of the camping as a "win". It's a bit like putting money in the bank for all the times I'm going to need their help when baby comes ;)

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  10. Rachel, I follow a lot of blogs & get much inspiration from them for my own projects but your Lotus block & Still Point are 2 that I really want to do for their own beauty. Can't wait to begin a Lotus quilt! Thanks for them. (By the way, tent camping is the only way to go in my opinion!!!)

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  11. Absolutely love the colours. x

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  12. I love this little quilt, the hand quilting takes it over the top! I can't imagine being pregnant and camping...but I can imagine taking hand quilting on a camping trip!

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    1. Thanks, Jayne =) Yes, taking along some sewing is the best way to sweeten any trip. Even camping.

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  13. I really love the look of this! The lotus flowers almost look 3D, I suppose that must be the hand quilting, giving an extra shadow :)

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  14. Lovely use of hand quilting to give an extra sparkle to the Lotus quilt. It is so pretty.

    I wish I could stitch in the car. Yuk, it would make me sick. It always feels like it could be such a nice use of time but not a chance! (I am getting too old to camp. We used to go a lot but lately it just seems like so much work.)

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  15. Totally in awe of your hand quilting...your stitches are SO even!!!

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  16. I love this quilt and love the colors and fabric choices. Your hand quilting is just lovely. This quilt is on my list to make. Nice finish Rachel!

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  17. This is truly a favorite of mine in every way!

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  18. The quilt is beautiful, Rachel! Well done with the camping...I'm not a fan. I need to have my porcelain. ;)

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  19. It's stunning, Rachel! I love the border - I never would have thought to use that fabric - I'm now thinking of how I can incorporate something like into one of my quilts - it works beautifully. And, the hand quilting just pops! Good sport with the camping - LOL! I'm sure the family time was worth all those hikes to the bathroom (ugh!)

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  20. I really love the mix of machine and hand quilting in this absolutely beautifully designed and pieced quilt, Rachel! Claudia is one smart woman to purchase it, I'm sure she was/will be delighted to receive it. ~Diana (Toronto)

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