Monday, March 26, 2012

Can you Hear My Echo?

Made in Cherry...Made in Cherry...Made in Cherry...Made in Cherry...
I am shouting from the rooftops, "I love this quilt"! I love the design. It is so simple but yet makes a huge statement.


I love the fabrics. The Echo Lotta Jansdotter fabrics were amazing to work with. These fabrics have such a beautiful feel to them.


 I really think my friend is going to be so surprised when she receives this as her 60th birthday gift. And...I finished it with 3 weeks to spare!


I am so in love with the quilting I did on this quilt. You need to understand, for 9 years I have been paying a long arm quilter to do all sorts of beautiful FMQ on my quilts and it took me this long to gain the courage to do straight lines and I am so, so happy with the finished product. I have not dared to try anything fancy, but these straight lines just make this design pop. 


You can see the backing showing through with the sun streaming from the back.


I found this great duvet cover at IKEA and knew the second I saw it that it would be perfect for the back of Renata's quilt. And because it was a duvet cover, there is still quite a bit of fabric leftover. I love it because the entire back is one piece of fabric. I even used the coordinating pillowcase for the binding.


This is how it might look if Renata wanted to cuddle with the quilt in her favorite chair.


 Another look at all those straight lines, right angles and perfectly (don't look too close) spaced lines of quilting.


This is my artsy shot, showing the back folded over the front.


Quilt stats:
Pattern: Made in Cherry designed by Sarah Fielke
Fabric: Echo by Lotta Jansdotter in warm tones with solids combined by Julie of the Intrepid Thread
Moira in Pumpkin
Ranka in Espresso and Pumpkin
Florine in Espresso
Mini Florine in Espresso
Ruta in Espresso
Aneta in Dogwood
Mini Florinein Goldenrod
Florine in Goldenrod
Free Spirit Designer Solid in Saffron
Free Spirit Designer Solid in Dogwood
Warm and White Cotton batting
Measurments: 79"x79"
Began February 8, 2012/Finished March 25, 2012
Made for Renata Werlin's birthday, April 15, 2012


Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

31 comments:

Jenelle said...

This is gorgeous! I am pretty partial to this pattern and fabric collection and your quilt is beautifully put together. :)

Flying Blind... said...

Oh I love it! So glad you did the quilting yourself too, it looks perfect!

Jess said...

Gorgeous! That quilting is fabulous and I am a bit obsessed with Echo, so I'm a little bit besotted by this quilt :o)

Teje said...

Oh, your quilt is so beautiful! I love those fabrics and the star is amazing! Also the backing is so perfect! I use Ikea fabrics but Now I see that I need to look them also for the backing.
x Teje

Linda Coleman said...

beautiful quilt Diane, love the duvet fabric on the back and great quilting.

Dianne Neale said...

Fantastic. I love Eco and this is a great pattern. Your friend will love it!

Patchwork and Play said...

I am dying to cut into my "Echo" stash! Your quilt is lovely! I'm sure it will be well loved!

Lynz said...

LOVELOVELOVE!! It's a great pattern right enough but it's your fabric choices that make it sing. I think this may be my favourite of all the Cherries I've seen! And your quilting is perfect. Well done taking the plunge, chickie!

Cindy said...

Love it Di! Great job on the straight line quilting.

Cindy said...

It's so beautiful! The fabric is perfect for the star pattern. Great finish!

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

Wow Di! Its fabulous! And the quilting is divine. Well done you!

Cindy said...

Oh to have a friend like you....it is a beautiful gift.

Shanna said...

This quilt makes me want to get my Echo fabrics out and make one just like it!! It's beautiful and I am sure your friend will be THRILLED!!!

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Love this! Beautiful quilting! It looks great!

susan said...

Fabulous TaDah moment. Love your joy and the quilt is wonderful too!

Leanne said...

This quilt is really beautiful! I am sure your friend will be thrilled to get it for her birthday and will love using it. I especially like the quilting you did.

Karen said...

Your quilt is so pretty, your friend will love it I'm sure! Great job on the quilting, it looks fab! :-)

Jennifer said...

absolutely beautiful, your friend is one lucky lady! congrats on the quilting as well, nicely done!

LuLu said...

Oh I love it so much! It turned out so great. And your stitching is really beautiful! It's so nice to be able to save that money :-) The backing, the piecing, the stitching...it's all so perfect!

**nicke... said...

very pretty di! your quilting is so great! pat yourself on the back, you deserve it. doesn't it feel awesome to do it yourself and not have to pay for it!

Quilter in the Gap said...

It is amazing Di! You did a fabulous job.

moira said...

It's so pretty. I have been trying to resist making this quilt but yours is so nice that I might have to jump in!

Geri Centonze said...

Hopefully Renata doesn't read your blog! It's gorgeous!!!

Katy Cameron said...

Yay, it looks fab, and well done for tackling the quilting :o)

Danny said...

This looks absolutely gorgeous and you did a great job on the quilting! Your friend is going to love this!!

Sew Quine said...

wow this is one stunning quilt, love the Echo and the straight line quilting looks great!

Amy said...

Oooo sooo lovely!!! Just popping over from amylouwho's link up. Amy from www.craftyshenanigans.blogspot.com

Lisa Ann said...

Lovely quilt! The back is very pretty, too! Visiting from amylouwho's linkup :)

diane said...

Beautiful quilt. I love how all the fabrics work together. Your friend is going to be thrilled!

Tsoniki said...

Very nice! I love the quilting.

Heather said...

Gorgeous! She is definitely going to love it! Congrats on doing the quilting yourself. It looks fantastic! :o)