Friday, 17 May 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Larking Around

Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival - AmysCreativeSide.com
I'm joining in with Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival after a friendly poke from Susan. If you're visiting our blog from the Festival for the first time then I hope you'll find something you like here enough to stop by again :) If you're a regular visitor you will already have seen some of the progress of the quilt I'm entering in the Throw Quilt Category. I'll quickly recap for you. I started this quilt in November 2011 but only finished it yesterday (hangs head in shame). I was so excited when I got the full fat quarter set of Lark by Amy Butler that I started cutting into it pretty much straight away. I had a thing for equilateral triangles at the time so it was a no-brainer that I would use them in this quilt which I named Larking Around.
For one reason or another I shelved it, after only constructing 2 rows of triangles, until July 2012 when I added 4 more rows of triangles. Then life got busy and it made it's way back into my rather large WIP box. Finally, last weekend I rescued it from the box and got the top finished and basted to the backing! When Susan told me that Blogger's Quilt Festival started today I cussed quite a bit (nothing new!) but was determined to get it finished so I could join in. So now for the details. I used Kona black solid for the background fabric and strips cut from fat quarters of Lark for the triangles and the border, then backed with one of the black and white prints from Lark. I pieced and machine quilted an echo around the central hexagon panel and the strippy border with Aurifil. 
I hand quilted the diamond shapes in between the hexagons with a vivid yellow perle cotton that doesn't show up very well in photos but looks gorgeous against the black in real life. 
I bound with a nice black and white print from Cocoon.
And that's it, after almost 2 years of procrastinating, a finished lap/throw quilt.






I love it! I hope you've enjoyed looking at it too :) 
The finished quilt is approx. 43" by 49" so the perfect size for keeping my legs warm while sewing in front of the telly. Right there I sound about 80 and I'm really not ;) Don't forget to check out all the other lovely quilts! Thanks for stopping by, catch you soon x

13 comments:

  1. It's a very striking quilt. I love your binding fabric and the skinny borders of lark really finish the quilt beautifully. Well worth the wait for a finish.

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  2. Love the black background choice - it really adds drama to the top!

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  3. Of course you aren't 80! You are at least 90!!

    The quilt is gorgeous, Reene, and I am so pleased you got it finished. Definitely one to be proud of and to be admired by many people.

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  4. I love your dark background, making the colours sing! Great finish there!

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  5. Yay, glad you dug it out of the WIP bin!

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  6. This is gorgeous - I love those brights with the back :)

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  7. Gorgeous quilt, love those colours

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  8. Gosh this is just lovely...... I love how the black works so well, and the yellow hand stitched diamonds are fantastic.... brilliant xx

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  9. It's wonderful! Enjoy snuggling under it in front of the telly!

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  10. Telly quilts are a 'must'. Bravo on the eventual finish!!

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  11. I love it! :) Nice work and way to go on finally finishing an old one! :) I love those finishes!

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  12. I absolutely love Lark, and it goes so well with the black solid. Really striking - a gorgeous quilt!

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