Thursday, August 28, 2014

Double Date

From the moment I saw a Single Girl quilt, I knew I wanted to make one. Early this summer I finally started making one out of my mega-stash of Denyse Schmidt fabrics. After seeing Chase's beautiful version using low volume prints, a match was made in heaven as far as I was concerned.

single girl quilt

single girl quilt

single girl quilt

Mr Romance

single girl quilt

single girl quilt

single girl quilt

single girl quilt

single girl quilt

The quilt has been finished for a few weeks, but I needed a good place to take photos. I should have learned my lesson from shooting the Clam Shell quilt at the beach, but we decided to incorporate a week night date and a trip to the beach to see the big surf going on in Orange County this week. It was an added bonus that there was a gorgeous sunset, too. So Mr. Romance had a double date with me and a Single Girl. Trying to take photos of a quilt at the beach is like trying to fly by holding a sail; it's not easy and you can't really get a proper shot. But I still love all the photos that we took, so this post is photo heavy.
I used pieces from all of my Denyse Schmidt collection including Hope Valley, Flea Market Fancy, Katie Jump Rope, Chicopee, Shelburne Falls, Ansonia and DS for Joann's. I also have a good stash of low volume prints from my Inside Voices Club, so this combination just was screaming to be made into a quilt.
I will admit these curves gave me a few headaches. I used glue basting sometimes and really did not notice a difference on this quilt. I love glue basting, but this time not so much. I took my time paper piecing the 4 inch squares I had cut out of each fabric onto the arcs and then sewed the inside low volume print and finally the outside arc with a different low volume print. I used vellum paper for the paper piecing. It is easy to see through for placing the fabric and it tears easily after you're finished sewing the arcs. I removed the papers from the arcs before sewing the inside and outside low volume prints to the arcs. This is a super scrappy quilt and I love the way it came together.
I quilted it with "crazy 8's" in horizontal rows across the quilt. They are very wonky but created a lovely texture on this quilt. The backing is a print from Flea Market Fancy that I had been hoarding in anticipation of another Denyse Schmidt quilt. The final bit of DS fabric used was an aqua print from Joann's for the binding. 
You'll notice the label is not personalized. I was originally making this quilt for my granddaughter's 12th birthday last week, but then decided the irony of a Single Girl quilt might be lost on her. I was going to say, "This is the last quilt I am making you until I make you a double wedding ring quilt when you get married" But seriously, 12 year olds don't need to think about getting married and she wouldn't know a Single Girl quilt from a Double Wedding Ring quilt, anyway. Instead she got clothes and cash. I might save it for her and give it to her in a few years, or maybe I'll keep it for myself. I do love the way it turned out. Either way, it will be loved.

Quilt Stats:

Name: Double Date
Pattern: Denyse Schmidt's Single Girl pattern, altered to make a paper pieced version
Fabrics: All Denyse Schmidt fabric including Flea Market Fancy, Katie Jump, Hope Valley, Ansonia, Shelburne Falls, Chicopee, and DS for Joann's. Low volume prints from stash.
Batting: Warm and White
Backing: Flea Market Fancy print
Binding: Aqua print DS for Joann's
Thread: pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50 wt. #2310 
Finished size: 56" x 78"

This is my second completion for my 3rd quarter Finish Along List. 2 down/2 to go!

Finish Along 2014


Lucy | Charm About You said...

Absolutely beautiful!! Gorgeous scrappiness. Totally love the photo shoot :)

Annabella said...

I just left you a comment so apologies if this is a repeat as it didn't come through. I absolutely love it Di and applaud your decision not to gift it now. Love the photo shoot and your handsome hubs. xx

Rhonda the Rambler said...

As I have told you before, this quilt is on my bucket list, I covet your quilt a little....great job but keep an eye on it....😉

Susan Snooks said...

I agree with Lucy, this is absolutely beautiful Di! I can see why you would not want to give it away! And the photos are fabulous!

Unknown said...

Di, it's so beautiful! I love it so much!

Baa. xxx said...

Love, love the quilt!

DeborahGun said...

really such a beautiful quilt - one to be treasured :-)

mascanlon said...

I am going to shameless copy your low volume approach! I have been thinking about making this quilt for a while and your fun pictures sealed the deal. But I think it will have to go in line behind the Clamshell. I can't wait to have sewing time everyday, next year I hope.

Catherine said...

It's beautiful - so colourful, and the texture the quilt has given it is lovely. I would have to keep it if I were you!

Svetlana said...

perfection at its best!!! I love absolutely everything about this quilt. It's gorgeous.

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

It's so beautiful!! Love the backing and binding too :)

Katy Cameron said...

Looks like Mr Romance was blown away by your single girl... ;o) Lovely quilt anyway

Tsoniki said...

Beautiful! And as always, great pictures.

Geri said...

Beautiful quilt! I love that sunset shot. Did Paul take that with the Samsung?

Leanne said...

It's a beautiful quilt and a fantastic beach!

tusen said...

It is so lovely, Di. I think I've said it already, but the combination of all the DS fabrics and low volume is just perfect. I also love your choice of backing and binding.
It looks like you've had fun with the photo shoot and the light must have been perfect.

Carol said...

Very nice. I am visiting from Ellison Lane's linky party. I love your fabric choices and the pattern. I don't do curves well...glad you persevered, the result is very cool.

Katherine said...

Smitten with this beautiful Single Girl quilt, Di. Gorgeous shots - so glad you took her to the beach on your double date. ;o)

Debbie said...

This turned out so beautifully!

Joy said...

Gorgeous! I love how you did the backgrounds to the rings. Just perfect.