Sunday, November 24, 2013

Swirling Modern Maples, a Quilt Finish

After church, on this beautiful fall day, my official quilt holder, also known as Mr. Romance, and I went to the park to photograph my Modern Maples quilt. 


To say that I love this quilt is an understatement.


I love the fabrics I used for the leaves. I love the random layout of the leaves.

I love the bits of linen used in the background.

I love the low volume prints used in the background, too.

I even love the leaf made with ugly fabric from my batik days. It is actually a perfect fall red color.

The Canadian geese were having a jolly good time at the park, doing what geese do in California

eating bugs, swimming and pooping all over the park. What a life.



I really enjoyed making this quilt and I am so glad Debbie convinced me to make one. 

I really wanted a flannel backing for this quilt to add to the coziness and cuddle factor. So I searched several online shops and found this Marby print in Flannel Grey from Lotta Jansdotter Glimma line of fabrics. You notice it says "Flannel Grey" not "GREY FLANNEL". That goes to show you what a poor consumer I am. I only saw the word flannel and assumed it was flannel fabric not flannel in color description. Live and learn...but I do like the print so I am happy.

 The next thing I love about this quilt is the way I quilted it. I was inspired by Janice and her beautiful Geese in the Forest quilt.

I thought wavy lines in a free flowing pattern would make you think the leaves were swirling in the wind; and it sure is windy where I live, so it's very apropos.

It took me three days to quilt this quilt. I got a little bored toward the end so started making more swirls and I even machine embroidered one row with small leaves, just for fun.


The green binding was the perfect leaf green and frames the quilt without drawing attention away from the body of the quilt.

It seems the latest finish is always my favorite quilt that I have ever made. So I guess that means this quilt will have a short love life, because there are a lot more quilts in my future.

But for now, I am quite happy.

Quilt Stats:
Name: Swirling Modern Maples
Fabric used: prints from stash for the leaves by Julianna Horner, Bari J, Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner, Brigitte Heitland, a custom Spoonflower print, old ugly stash fabrics and more. Lots of low volume prints and linen for the background.
Backing: Marby in Flannel Grey by Lotta Jansdotter Glimma line.
Binding: Green print from DS line for Joann's Fabrics
Batting: Warm and White
Thread: Pieced with Aurifil 50wt. and quilted by me using Perma Core 40 wt. in Flesh color.
Final size after washing: 68-1/2"x 79-1/2"

26 comments:

heart of charnwood said...

A beautiful quilt, with stunning fabric choices and just perfect quilting, well done!

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Love this post! You and Mr. Romance look so happy, and it's a beautiful quilt. I especially love that you used "old ugly stash fabric."

Leanne said...

It is a wonderful quilt, I love the quilting, it does look like swirling wind. And what wonderful pictures!

Live a Colorful Life said...

It's a beautiful quilt. And sometimes batiks are the perfect choice!

suemac said...

It is a beautiful quilt. Love the swirls. We are making modern maple blocks for our charity quilt this month. I have lots in my future.

Jodi said...

So, very beautifully. I love the layout. I love the quilting. I love the eclectic prints,

I would say that this quilt was years in the making, because it must have taken years to develop the intuitive knowledge to make a quilt that beautiful.

Debbie said...

oh I am so glad you LET me convince you! This is Modern Maple perfection! Love all the bits about it that you do. Just an all around fantastic finish!

Cheryl said...

Such a beautiful quilt! I love the maple leaves, the low volume background, and the quilting.

Svetlana said...

Stunning!!!! Absolutely stunning!!! Love this quilt, it's perfect in every way.

Patchwork and Play said...

What a happy, happy post! From the joy on your face to the wind catching the quilt in your hands and nearly whipping it away! I especially love the four leaves that meet at their stems- it give the quilt a focal point!

dutchcomfort said...

It’s a stunning quilt! Love the four blocks where the leaves meat each other!

Jodi said...

Oh, wow! I've seen quite a few low-volume quilts over the past year, but yours is just about the prettiest! A low-volume quilt is one in my future for sure.

Spontaneous Threads said...

Really a wonderful quilt and story! Keep making those fun quilts as they are aways my favorites too!

Margaret said...

It's beautiful. I love the various colours and sizes of the leaves and the low volume background. You did a great job!

Shanna said...

Beautiful!! I love the quilting, too, that is how I am planning to finish mine, if I ever get to it this fall! The pics of you and your hubby are just presh :o)

Annabella said...

It's so beautiful Di - it might be my alltime favourite of yours. Enjoy it and I hope the love life lingers. Beautiful images of the quilt and you and Paul.xx

Flying Blind... said...

Really really beautiful xxx

Katy Cameron said...

It's gorgeous, love the colours, background and the quilting! We share exactly the same learning difficulty, evidenced by the the fact that when I read about the backing I thought 'Oooh, I didn't know they did Glimma in flannel'. Guess they do, just not *that* way lol

Geri said...

What a beauty!!!

Kirsten said...

Absolutely love your Maples leaves and the quilting is so perfect for this quilt!

tusen said...

The quilting makes it look as if the leaves were soaring and swirling in the wind, lovely. And so great to see you so happy.

Canadian Abroad said...

It is stunning. I love the lv background and the quilting as well. It is uniguely yours.

roccagal said...

a real treasure-luv it! <3 <3 <3

stitchingandbacon said...

This quilt is really lovely! I am totally inspired by you friend! Happy Thanksgiving!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous quilt! It looks great in that setting in the park too. Nice photo of you at the end too, Di.

Trina Peterson said...

I love your last picture the most. It shows the joy that comes with a finish as lovely as this one.