Friday, August 01, 2014

Finish Up Friday - Rainbows & Coal

It took a little late night quilting sewing and some quick hand sewing of the binding, but this baby is done and dusted just in time for a Friday reveal! It's Rainbows and Coal - a baby quilt I blogged about here. It features HSTs in a rainbow of Kona colours (Punch, Persimmon, Canary, Lime, Peacock & Magenta) paired with Kona Coal.
I went a little outside of my usual when quilting this one. I've been doing so many FMQ spirals for my Skill Builder BOM that I figured I might as well use them on an actual quilt!
I opted to quilt just the Coal sections. The rainbow sections seemed lively enough! I quilted it using my trusty Gutterman. There were couple little snags along the way, but once I re-threaded, they seemed to straighten themselves out.
As backing, I used a Michael Miller print that features just about every colour from the quilt top. The only one not super prevalent is a yellow, but the selvage would tell you there's one in there somewhere!
I bound the quilt with the closest gray I could find to Kona Coal... I don't think any but the most practiced eye could tell you it's not Coal!
 One more shot of that quilting... it sure makes me happy!
And now for something completely different! My parents are avid gardeners and in recent years have developed a healthy addiction to day lilies. These are just a few of the lovelies blooming away in my yard this week... I just can't stop taking pics of of them!
The Deets
Title: Rainbows & Coal
Size: 37" by 44"
Konas Used: Canary, Coal, Lime, Magenta, Peacock, Persimmon, Punch
Quilting: Free motion spirals using Gutterman (Colour - 115)

Binding: Kona Charcoal, Hand stitched with Gutterman
Backing: Michael Miller Mosaic
Favourite Part(s): Using FMQ spirals on a larger project and all that rainbow-y goodness!


Happy first day of August - that's the official mid-point of summer vacation around here. Time to get out there and do all those summer things you were dreaming about in the dead of winter!

J

P.S. - In shameless bit of pluggery, head on over to Maritime Modern Quilt Guild to vote for viewer's choice in our MQG Michael Miller Challenge! 

26 comments:

  1. Wow, Jenn, your quilting is amazing. Your swirls are perfect, and the circular movement is the perfect contrast to all these angles. That is a fabulous quilt!

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  2. Ooh, I love this! The coal really makes those bright colors pop! Gorgeous!

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  3. Gorgeous quilting. Love those swirls!

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  4. This quilt is so gorgeous! Your quilting is amazing and really emphasized because you just stuck to the coal.

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  5. Love those colours paired with the coal. Great job on those swirls!

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  6. The bright colours look great with the grey, I have got something very similar on my design wall at the moment (although just a cushion size). And I originally pulled the coloured solids based on the exact print that you have used on the back of yours! I used it on a few of my HSTs but ended up leaving those out and sticking with the solids.

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  7. Your quilt is lovely. I wouldn't usually choose grey or charcoal myself, but it really works well in this quilt. It provides a quiet background for those colours to jump out, and a place to showcase the quilting details. Well done!

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  8. your swirls look wonderful..... the whole effect with the charcoal grey, the bright colors and the quilting choices is really nice. well done!!

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  9. Wow! This is stunning colourwise and the quilting is too. I love the coal set against the bright rainbow.

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  10. Love love love your swirls! Makes that dreary solid look so much nicer LOL ;)

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  11. This is an absolutely beautiful quilt and your quilting looks fabulous :)

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  12. Great job on the quilting!!! :) I absolutely love this quilt. Thanks for linking up. :)

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  13. I cannot imagine a better backing fabric for that quilt than the one you have chosen. The skill building with the sprials has obviously paid off!

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  14. Wow! Your spirals came out so beautiful. I still need to practice my FMQ and I'm still using stencils for places that require them. I may need you to show me how your spirals are done at a Sew In sometime :) Wonderful quilt!

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  15. I always like curvy quilting to soften up tops with lots of straight lines. Yours looks great!

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  16. Thanks for sharing photos of the daylilies. I have many in my garden ranging from bright yellow to the palest pink. Love the quilting you did the the grey fabric. Can we say...'colorful' quilt...love it.

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  17. I love how bright and vibrant the colors are and how the gray really helps them pop! The quilting looks wonderful, and the backing is a great coordinator! Congratulations on the finish!

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  18. The backing is worth the price of admission, works perfectly with the quilt!! I love your blog name, have put you on my blogroll for that alone! Enjoy your last few weeks free of middle schoolers (you brave soul!)

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  19. Your quilt turned out great! Love the quilting design - such smooth spirals.

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  20. Hello Jenn,

    Lovely spirals - there's something really relaxing about quilting in curves and spirals.

    Would you like to link up with the linky I have on my blog, Free Motion Mavericks? It would be great to see you there.

    The purple and cream day lily at the bottom left is totally amazing.

    Love from England, Muv

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  21. I adore this quilt and the quilting makes me happy, too.

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  22. Your quilting gives a fabulous finish ton your quilt. Very nice. Visiting from FIUF.

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  23. Wow! Very impressive Jenn. Awesome finish. Love that backing..perfect!

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  24. Love the colors!! Perfect summer quilt, great job!

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  25. What a good idea to quilt only in the Coal. Like!! And now you're getting fancy and giving quilts a name. LOL

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