Friday, 15 February 2013

Blogger's BOM quilt with a little help from my friends


This afternoon I finished hand sewing the binding on the Blogger's BOM quilt, which I will be giving to my sister-in-law as a very late Christmas present! My first finished quilt of 2013.

The sun came out briefly and I managed to get some pictures...


I am really happy with it now it's finished. I had a hard time liking some of the blocks and had no clue how to layout the final quilt. 

Originally I was going to do a more traditional layout with sashing. I knew I wanted to put some orange in it because that's her favourite colour but I wasn't sure what would work with the grey/pink/greens of the quilt. 


I called on a friend for help! Cindy is fantastic and her shop Fluffy Sheep Quilting offers swatches of fabric so you can actually see the designs and colours for real. She sent me a few strips of different Kona orange shades. That's when I realised it would be too much and wasn't what the quilt needed.

Instead I chose to use big pieces of the fabrics I used in the quilt to make a patchwork. I ended up picking Kona Orange for the binding and Kona Ash for the borders. I used 40wt Aurifil 1104 for the quilting - which Cindy very kindly matched with the Kona Orange perfectly for me!

Huge thank you to Cindy for her outstanding service and I strongly recommend visiting the shop, Fluffy Sheep Quilting. I credit her with how much I now love this quilt.



The orange quilting is the perfect touch and brings the quilt together. I love the modern overall feel it gives too. The quilt is backed in a purple 'jewels' fabric by Lizzy House and measures 54 x 54".



I also recommend checking out Susan's tips in this post for straight line quilting - mine is much improved! Thanks Susan :)


If you want to find out about the patchwork blocks or make your own quilt - click the button below to get all the tutorials:

Canton Village Quilt Works


This is the first finish from my FAL list and even if it's the only one I'm happy!

she can quilt

Linking up:

at Sewing By Moonlight this week

and Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts


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28 comments:

  1. It's lovely Lucy. And somehow that orange just seems to work. Love the orange thread too! I always go with coordinating and should really try contrasting some time.

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  2. it's so lovely - I really like the orange binding!

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  3. Your blocks came together beautifully! And since I'm catching up on some blog reading, from your last post --- Lois is lovely and happy anniversary!

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  4. I can't lie Lucy, this is one of those times that I admire your fabric choices because I know I would never have made those combos...and I love the result! I need to send you picks of my stash so you can pick a combo for me... Ooh that is actually a good idea! Wouldn't that be a great virtual challenge? Hmmmm....

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  5. Hooray! I'm not the only one finishing up late holiday gifts! This is really lovely, and I love the purple back. Nice!

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  6. Great stuff. The orange bind does a nice job of pulling in that favorite color without overwhelming the rest of the quilt.

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  7. i love the orange and purple combo - another lovely finish

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  8. Yeah to help from friends!

    Looks great and I'm sure is worth the wait!

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  9. I love this quilt! Such a great finish. Believe it or not, I JUST purchased some of that purple jewels fabric online yesterday. I love it!

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  10. Congratulations on finishing such a gorgeous quilt!! Cindy sounds like a gem, it can be mind boggiling figuring out the right shade of a solid. The orange binding is brilliant, the perfect bit of zing!

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  11. What a lovely finish: how do you find the time!!

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  12. it is really lovely! and the orange just is perfect, gives it that extra little pop!!

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  13. what a lovely quilt, Lucy. I just love that orange thread quilting, a totally fantastic idea, it adds so much to the quilt.

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  14. You've done a grand job getting this finished, especially as a new mum with two other littlies! The touches of orange are perfect- it's a great quilt stitched with love!

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  15. Oh oh oh I really love this quilt!! Genious not to sash it and to add in the blocks of fabric. It's one of my favourite quilts I've seen this year - a great finish.

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  16. Gorgeous quilt, I love the big fabric blocks in with the pieced ones, great idea!

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  17. Yay Cindy, and love the first quilt of the year :o)

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  18. It looks fantastic, and I love the orange! Thanks for the tip about straight line quilting. I am yet to try quilting on my machine, am building up my courage!

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  19. I love this quilt, it is so pretty. The sashing and the binding just make it better, sort of fun and unexpected.
    Congratulations on the finish too!

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  20. It looks great! The orange binding is perfect!

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  21. Great finish, it looks fab, and you managed to finish a quilt before me too, and I haven't had a baby this year! :)

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  22. What a great finish! I love the way you used large patches of the prints amongst the pieced blocks, and the orange binding adds that final zing.

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  23. What a great finish! I love the way you used large patches of the prints amongst the pieced blocks, and the orange binding adds that final zing.

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  24. This is lovely. I like your layout and plain squares so much better than traditionally sashing the blocks:)

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  25. You have done a wonderful job! Great job on your second finish for 2013! (baby being a great first finish I think!)

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  26. This quilt is super deluxe! Excellent job! I love the color combos, and the back is awesome!

    Thanks for sharing the link for doing straight lines! Very helpful!

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