Monday, February 5, 2018

A Luminous Picnic Quilt

Last spring, after attending a quilting retreat with some friends, I came home excited to cut up my Anna Maria Horner Luminous fabrics. After seeing the really cute baby quilt a friend there had made I decided I wanted to make the same quilt she had made only on a much grander scale. Each of these blocks is made up of a 10" square, a 5" square in a square block and 8-3"x5" flying geese blocks, making the block finish at 15" x 15".

My son had asked for a large picnic quilt for his family to take to the park or beach, where they enjoy spending a lot of time, so this quilt was destined to be for them. I finished the quilt top pretty quickly, arranging the blocks in a 6x7 grid and adding a row of flying geese at the top and right side. I then put it in a closet until the fall when I sent it off to be quilted by the long arm quilter.

Anna Maria Horner Luminous fabric quilt

Sarah at Crinklelove did a beautiful job of quilting it for me. The quilt top finished at 95" x 110" and I knew I could never have wrestled this monster through my Bernina 820.

Anna Maria Horner Luminous fabric quilt

The backing is my go to wide back newsprint from Carrie Bloomston. I am so glad that this print is in constant supply so that I can order more when I start to run low of it. I bound it with Timeless Treasures Sketch basic in Aqua.
I've started finishing the binding on the machine. My hands just cannot hold a small needle for the hours it would have taken me to attach 420" of  binding. Once I resigned myself to liking the look of a machine finished binding, I am happy with the hours it has saved me and also the pain it has saved my hands from attaching it by hand, like I have usually done in the past. 

Anna Maria Horner Luminous fabric quilt

We gave this quilt to Kyle, Briana and Valko on Christmas morning, but I think their dog, Butterball, thought it was for her.

Anna Maria Horner Luminous fabric quilt

Kyle tells me the quilt has already gotten a lot of use on chilly mornings in their home. He said it is nice and big to wrap up in. They have also used it at the parks they like to visit in their neighborhood and in Palm Springs, as picture below.

Anna Maria Horner Luminous fabric quilt

Quilt Stats:
Fabric: Luminous (first edition) by Anna Maria Horner
             Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Bright White
Binding: Timeless Treasure Sketch Basic in Aqua
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 cotton blend
Thread: Pieced with Aurifil
Quilted by Sarah @Crinklelove
Size: 95" x 110"


Debbie said...

oh this is really lovely! I love its intended use and what fun photos of it. Butterball is obviously impressed by your fine work! ;-)

Chookyblue...... said...

It's beautiful...... Love flying geese.......

mascanlon said...

You really are my quilting muse. I just copy you shamelessly and in this instance you even did the math for me!

Robby said...

If I'd seen this done up in a baby quilt, I would have appropriated that idea, too. It's wonderful! And for a picnic quilt, machine binding makes a lot of sense even if your hands would have happily stitched it down.

Susan Snooks said...

Butterball certainly laid claim to that beautiful quilt Di! What a wonderful achievement that is! I love it!