Saturday, June 2, 2012

Finished with 6 Hours to Spare

Back in April, I started the Retro Flowers QAL put together by Megan of City Stitches and Bianca of Sweet Diesel Designs. When I started the QAL I didn't pay attention to  the deadline and worked on this quilt in between other projects. I chose Malka Dubrawsky's a Stitch in Color because I thought the fabric looked "retro" and combining it with a Kona white background, it takes on a modern look. Last week I read that the deadline for entries for some fabulous prizes was June 1, 2012. Yikes, I had so many things going on and lots of non-sewing commitments that had to take priority. Then my daughter-in-law asked me to babysit on June 1, so I knew I would not be able to finish. No big deal. But then I didn't have to babysit, so the race was on to finish this quilt. 6 days ago I still had 7 blocks to make and then assemble the quilt. 


At the last minute I decided to do one block opposite, a white flower with the colored fabric background. I think it is the statement piece on this quilt. Just a little unexpected thrown in at the last minute.


I finished sewing the quilt top on Thursday and then yesterday spent 7 hours spray basting, quilting and binding the quilt and finished it at 6 pm...plenty of time to put it on the Flickr site and see how it does in the competition.

Retro Flower QAL
I straight line quilted it, going in different directions, using this quilt as inspiration. My quilting is not as dense as that in the inspiration quilt, mainly because it takes so much time. That's three extra large bobbins worth of straight line quilting.

Retro Flower QAL

I used an IKEA duvet cover for the one piece fabric for the backing and some scraps of jelly roll strips of a Stitch in Color for the binding.

Retro Flower QAL

This is the last birthday quilt for one of my three friends celebrating their 60th birthday this year.

Retro  Flowers
The quilt is a generous lap size, measuring 56"x68".


Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

20 comments:

Kim said...

I really love your version of this - the reverse flower is just perfect! Congrats on getting it finished on time!

LYNN said...

Beautiful, love the reverse flower!!

Jennifer said...

absolutely stunning - kudos to you for finishing in record time!!

Norma's Clay said...

It came out stunningly beautiful! The reverse flower is awesome. Good luck in the contest!

Annabella said...

Well I hope you win becasue it`s a stunner!

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

It turned out beautifully Di! I love the opposite block. Such a great touch and the backing is super too. Well done!

Cindy said...

Well done!

frog loves monkey said...

Beautiful! Loving the reverse flower, it adds a nice little pop. :)

Tiara said...

I really loved each block as you posted it but I LOVE the finished quilt especially thhe binding, amazing!

Melanie said...

This is really beautiful! I love the unexpected twist of the opposite block. Congrats to you for finishing in time for the competition!

Patchwork and Play said...

It's fabulous! I love the reverse block ! It's perfect! Good luck in the competition..but its already a winner!

Anita said...

I totally love it! Great job.

tusen said...

The reverse flower is the perfect touch. I love how the quilt turned out.

Debbie said...

Your quilt is to "Di" for. I love it. I'm a fairly new follower and it's refreshing to read your posts.

Thanks for sharing.

Debbie

LuLu said...

Diane, I love it! That opposite block really does give it an amazing kick. And I love your binding too. Good luck with the prizes :-)

Geri Centonze said...

Darn! I was just going to make a very generous offer to buy this quilt from you! I love it!!! The birthday recipient better be over the moon ♥

Stephanie said...

I love this quilt! I think the straight line quilting is perfect on it. :)

Katy Cameron said...

I love that one lone opposite one!

Mrs.Hearts said...

Your friend is very lucky; the quilt is adorable, and I LOVE the backing!

Mrs.Hearts

Foolish Feathers said...

Very nicely done! I love the little touches you added like the opposite block. I never would have thought to use a duvet cover, although I have seen some super-cute fabrics at IKEA so why not?! Keep up the great work!