2/15/17

Solid Sewing

After two solid days of sewing, my "The Brighter the Better" project for Project Quilting is finished. Since I love bright colors, this was really fun. Here's the finished quilt.


It ended up at 15 x 18 inches. I'm calling it "Bright and Early" for a couple of reasons. "Bright" is fairly obvious, and "Early" because it makes me think of an early spring. We could certainly use one around here after all the cold weather and snow we've had this winter. Here's how it looks from the back. I love those bright polka dots...or circles...or whatever they are.


When I've made these stained glass quilts in the past, I've always used a solid backing so that the quilting would show. This time, I really wanted to use that bright fabric, and so I hoped for the best with the quilting. It shows up pretty well despite its busy-ness.


The quilting consists of a line of sewing on each edge of the black "leading." It went pretty fast on the larger sections.


Each petal was done individually, and it took several hours to finish the whole thing.


The outer sections made an outline on the black inner border, but I decided to add another line of stitching just at the edge of the flange.


Because the flowers were quilted from the outer edges toward the center, the flower centers puff out just a little bit. Also, the fabric was laid down in layers, and so there are four layers of fabric there, in addition to the batting.


So there it is...one finished quilt for this week's theme. With our camping trip coming up this weekend, I thought I might sit this one out. It was so much fun, now I'm glad to have followed through.


Today, I'll be linking up to


Since I've done almost nothing but sewing for the past two days, I need to catch up on a few tasks around the house and make some lists for our trip this weekend. (I can hardly do anything without making a list first.) The next block has been released for the Solstice Challenge. It's hard to decide whether to work on that first or whether to work on the Welcome wall hanging for the new camper. If there's time for sewing, I guess I'll do whatever mood strikes first.

23 comments from clever and witty friends:

Lisa Marie said...

Gorgeous! What a great thing to hang on the wall to bring a smile each time you see it.

Jen said...

That is an amazing quilt! So bright and beautiful. I commend your patience and vision on this! Just stunning!

Shari said...

That's such a bright and happy quilt! It looks great.

Lyndsey said...

That is a fabulous mini Barbara and so bright and cheerful it makes me feel so happy. I love the quilting, it really works well and your choice of backing is perfect.

beaquilter said...

it looks awesome!! love the colors and the variegated thread!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I just love everything about this one - design, color, thread - super interpretation of the theme.

Janie Kemp said...

Perfect project for the challenge. Love the cheeriness.

claudia said...

That is the perfect quilt for this time of year! I just love all of the bright colors. You did a great quilt! (again)

crazy quilter said...

You got this one perfect bright and cheery for sure! Have fun with your pre camping to do's and take lots of pics on your trip I can't wait to see where you go.

Brown Family said...

It is gorgeous! To heck with making it in a week! How about in 36 hours!

Janarama said...

Another spectacular quilt! Love all of the happy and bright colors, the design, the way you outlined the flowers, well .... I guess you could say I love everything about it.

Debbie said...

I've been following you for years but don't always comment. Your talent and energy amaze me every day. Your blog post is the first one I read when I have my morning coffee before work. It's always such a pleasure.
I love, love, love this mini-quilt you did so quickly. It made me smile today.
Congrats on the camper. I so enjoy your travel posts and photos. It is probably the only way I'll ever get to see our beautiful country. Enjoy! Oh, and I love your kitties. I have inside-only rescue kitties. Mr. Whiskers is 8 in the fall and Little Bell will be 6 in June. Lol
Be safe and have fun on your trip. I'll be busy sewing or making cards in my Strawberry Studio. (My blog is not updated.)

Thanks for all you to!

Debbie
Weaver, Alabama

Dana Gaffney said...

That is so bright and beautiful and I'm glad you picked that backing, it's perfect.

Wendy Tuma said...

The quilt is just perfect. I love the bright colors, especially at this time of year! Have fun camping -- can't wait to hear all about it!

quiltingbydawn said...

Nice bright and cheerful quilt! It certainly depicts an early spring!

quiltzyx said...

Bright & Early - perfect name & the colors certainly are wake-up friendly! I like those polka dot circle marbles too. NICE job on the quilting & the variegated thread is a treat!

Kate said...

Very pretty! Love the bright colors and you can't go wrong with flowers. Congrats on a gorgeous finish!

MCW Quilts said...

Love how it turned out

Michele said...

I love this one too and of course all the bright colors are favorites.

Sarah Goer said...

I love the style of this quilt and the colors are spot on for the challenge. The background print reminds me of marbles. :-)

Kate Danby said...

Lovely bright happy quilt.

PersimonDreams said...

I adore this! I love all the brights and the final results!!! bravo!

Trish Frankland said...

this is such a happy quilt - really really well done, too! Even in the thumbnail size on Kim's site it just reaches out and grabs you. LOVE IT!