Saturday, 11 January 2014

Finally, a finished quilt top!

I am calling it, 'Summer Solstice'

I can seriously get why people love designing their own quilts.  From the first moment you get an idea, playing with layouts, colours and fabrics, right up to that point where you've lovingly stitch that very last block, sew in that last border.  There is a sense of accomplishment, relief almost knowing and seeing your work, your idea come alive.  I love it!


I love this quilt!  I had a mix of ten different 'Cocoon by Valerie Wells for Westminster fabrics' in my stash for a while now, and I knew I wanted to keep it for something special.  This project was the perfect choice, and I am so glad I did.  Using traditional quilt blocks, with bright and bold fabrics and the white background fabric makes it look quite modern, and with the blocks on point it really adds another dimension to the quilt. 


The quilt top finished at 87 x 66 ½ inches, the biggest I have made yet.  It will be a test of patience quilting it on my little Bernina, but I cant wait to get started, sooooo excited!!


I thought of sharing with you some of the colour layouts I played with before I finally decided on what I have today.  I love the look of solid colours as shown in the pink/grey and red/green quilt below.  I even played around with some more traditional autumn colours, but it was just not what I had in mind.  That was when I uploaded a few of the fabrics I used in my now finished quilt,  and I loved it together with the white background. 



I have a few people that volunteered to test my pattern, but I am not completely finished with it just yet.  If there are any of you who might want to try it out, please contact me.  Update (19/01/2014) I have been very lucky with a large amount of volunteers to test my pattern, and do not need any more request, thank you for your interest.  Please keep a lookout for future updates on my blog, it will be up for purchase soon.

Fabric Requirements

6 yards White/Solid Background Fabric
1 ¾ yards Assorted Print Fabrics
½ yard Assorted Solid Colour Fabrics

Finished Quilt Size at 87 x 66 ½ inches
Finished Block Size at 13 inches (12 ½ inches inside quilt)
Quantities are for 44/45” wide 100% cotton


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57 comments:

Lisa said...

Stunning!!! Truly a fabulous quilt. Cannot wait to see it quilted xx

Rene Sharp said...

SO SO lovely, you should be very proud. As you know, I would LOVE to test the pattern for you. I would have to order the solid fabric for the background, but am sure I have enough other fabric to use for the rest. What time frame are you looking at? Let me know! Have a lovely weekend xx

FiberofAll Sorts said...

Lovely

Hannele said...

Your quilt is beautiful!

Karin said...

Beautiful...love the modern look of it.

Lorna D in KZN said...

Amsolutely stunning. Even the other colour choices makes a totally different quilt.

Catrin Lewis said...

Absolutely beautiful Marelize! I love the secondary, tertiary and ......patterns that you have in the quilt top, and your design drawings show how different this one pattern can look using different fabrics!

I love that it has so much negative space in it - can't wait to see what quilting magic you create there x

Sarah Elliott said...

This is a gorgeous quilt top! Can't wait to see it once it's quilted and bound.

Linh said...

I would be able to test the pattern for you if you still need a tester. I tried to click on the contact link but it didn't work for me. Its a beautiful quilt.

Carla said...

Very very pretty. You can be proud

SIMPLESEW said...

Please take a few extra pics, I really love following your processes and I am a few steps behind you and would love for you to share some of your process in FMQ, Really because its a big quilt, but the process you take and the actual FMQ. They dont have to be professional editing pics, really, I know your work. its beautiful , the quilt is gorgeous.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Gorgeous quilt

Ada Kopitopoulou said...

The quilt turned out lovely! Very fresh look with the white!

Joy said...

Ohhhh I love it!

Laura B said...

Very pretty!

Beth P said...

Oh Marelize it is beautiful! I have become very attracted to the modern bright fabrics nestled into a background of white... just something rather sophisticated about that look! :D
Great job my friend.
Hugs
P.S. I just moved my blog home over to wordpress and would love to have you follow me over there http://elisabetpollockstudio.wordpress.com

Paula Hughes said...

Simply gorgeous! Great design. Can't wait to see how you quilt it:)

MsMidge said...

Such a beautiful beautiful quilt and pattern! I love it!

Sonia said...

A beautiful quilt design Marelize, I love how all the colours stand out against the negative space. I can't wait to see how you quilt it!

Martha said...

Beautiful quilt and the fabrics are perfect!!! Your design is awesome!!
I've just started learning EQ7-hmmmm-with great difficulty.
Trying to figure out how to export into a Word document and into my blog!! No luck yet but I will keep trying!!
Thanks for sharing!!!

Alyx Patterson said...

Marelize, the top is absolutely stunning! Right now I'm taking a class on Craftsy called "Quilting BIG projects on a small machine." with Ann Petersen. I've learned a ton so far, and I believe it's on sale for $14.99, I got it for $19.99. it may help with your quilting on your small machine!

Valerie Reynolds said...

Really inspired by your finish!

A Quilter's Mission said...

This is such a great pattern. So exciting that you have designed this pattern.

TLC said...

COOL! I don't know why I didn't catch your blog before now with all of the link-ups.

Lorna McMahon said...

Looks like you are enjoying your EQ7! Fabulous design! Love the blocks on point. Looking forward to seeing your progress!

CJ said...

This is a great quilt! Your colors are perfect. Isn't EQ wonderful? I can't imagine quilting without it.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi! This is gorgeus quilt and you chose the best Fabrics and colours! x Teje

Susan Arnold said...

Beautiful quilt! Great pattern and fabrics

Sara said...

There is uniformity to this quilt,but the colors keep your eyes moving across the quilt from top to bottom,left to right with satisfaction! beautiful!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

This is gorgeous - very fresh and crisp looking! Great job.

Heather S. said...

Very Pretty! I saw it on Fabric Tuesday, and just had to see the whole thing.

Sue Daurio said...

what a great pattern! I like the white scrappy look the best. Just beautiful!

Jessie said...

I love this pattern. Love it!

Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

It's so beautiful. Love how the blocks just pop with the bright white. Can't wait to see how you quilt it.

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Love your quilt. Beautiful photos also.

Elise Lea said...

Beautiful and such a great name for it!

Sherry said...

Fantastic quilt, will look forward to seeing it quilted.

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

Wow Marelize, that's just stunning!!!

Renee said...

Oh isn't that pretty! Great fabrics, they are so bright and cheerful!

Anna said...

It's fantastic! If you're planning on selling it, have you thought about scaling the pattern for different sizes?

Jessamie said...

I love this pattern, and i am a big fan of Valori Wells fabrics! your quilt is gorgeous!

Dee said...

Congratulations on such a beautiful quilt! I love the excitement level you have for it! Well done!

knottygnome said...

congrats! what a gorgeous quilt. i love the colors with white.

Jenn said...

Stunning!!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Such a beautiful design!! Well done.
Amanda

Kim M said...

This is gorgeous! Such a beautiful design! It really does look so modern and the colors you chose are just fun.

Can't wait to see how you quilt it!

Kim
http://tiesthatbindquilting.wordpress.com/

sharpie (sarah @ {no} hats) said...

Absolutely, 100% STUNNING.

Pam @ Quilting Fun said...

Love it! If you need pattern testers count me in. I love stars and your pattern is delicious!

Nilya said...

What a beautiful quilt top - love this!

Connie said...

What a beautiful, beautiful quilt and your design is wonderful. Can't wait to see it quilted. Thanks for sharing.
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Leanne Parsons said...

Gorgeous! I love the colours. They're so crisp against the white.

Julie said...

This is beautiful! I love how yours turned out and how you showed the different color variations! Thanks for sharing and linking up with TGIFF!

genie said...

What an awesome quilt you have created from start to finish. Love the way you made the quilt on point. I think quilts like this with a strong, interesting linear component are really special. You choice of color are perfect. Just think...it is all you. You created your own design, chose your own colors, and you quilted it. How grand. Kudos to you. genie

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I love the way you alternated blocks, and the skinny sashing plus cornerstones adds great dimension.

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

this quilt is a beauty, Marelize! I love the choice of the white background. I agree- something about taking an idea from your mind to reality is so rewarding.

Thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Jennie said...

Stunning! It is fun to play with your own designs. I'm so impressed with what you've come up with.

Quilting Dee said...

love your stunning quilt! Love the design, very clever!,
Colour choices fabulous,. Most of all I love your quilting!!
Wow!

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