I have a very special friend. She is kind, generous, big-hearted, funny, special and colourful! I made her a quilt. I had been stewing about this for awhile. Wondering what to make and then what colours for her colourful self? I noticed this block on Rachel's blog, Stitched in Color, and everything just fell into place. Rachel called it Gemstones. Perfect! Because Patti is a gem. So here it is. A finished quilt for a friend.
I used a variety of fabrics. Lots of scraps and bits and pieces. The solid is Kona Berry and a dot from Stof completes the setting triangles. The binding is a stripe in the Prospect Park line. I quilted it myself in dense straight lines using my favourite thread... Aurifil 50 wt in white. I used a lot of thread. I think I went through about 8 bobbins. I love the effect of the straight line quilting! Husband came up with the idea of using the yellow-y green along with the Kona Berry for the setting triangles. It totally works! And is just quirky enough!
I took a picture of the label too. I used a long strip of Berry and did some free motion handwriting. The funny thing is that the handwriting actually looks like my handwriting! I found that stitching a line first, helped me stay more uniform in size as I wrote.
The backing is an assortment of colourful stuff from my stash. Wow! I love this quilt!
I went down the road for a morning visit yesterday. I hopped up to her door with the quilt under my arm. I have to say I was feeling quite proud of myself! She loved it! Was totally surprised. Shed some tears. Oohed and ahhed. Lots of hugs. She noticed all the things that I thought she would like. The pops of colour. The really colourful back. The bits of hand dyed purple that are in some of the squares. She loved the setting triangles. I have to say that was a brilliant idea of Husband's!
Gemstones for a friend because she is one for sure.
name: Gemstones for a Friend
size: 70" x 84"
quilted by me in Aurifil 50 wt white
fabric: stash and scraps with Kona Berry and Stof dots, binding Prospect Park
It is beautiful. What a special gift! I love the gemstone blocks...and the colours!ReplyDelete
Awesome. What a great friend. I love the straight line quilting on this pattern. It just looks so soft--like a big hug.ReplyDelete
I love this. The colours are gorgeous.ReplyDelete
Absolutely gorgeous colours in this quilt. Your friend is sure to treasure it.ReplyDelete
The colors go together so well and I love the different color setting triangles.ReplyDelete
Cathy, this is beautiful, and the colors work so awesome together.ReplyDelete
Wow, your friend will love it! As do I. Debbie
Thanks so much for sharing this with me! It's gorgeous and so vibrant. I'm stunned. I hope you'll add pictures to the Stitched in Color flickr group, if you're on Flickr!ReplyDelete
Cathy! Its gorgeous! What a beautiful present for your friend, she is one lucky gal..its just lovely! You straight line quilted it yourself on your regular machine? If so, how do you keep it from puckering on the back?ReplyDelete
Oh, SO GORGEOUS!!! I completely love it and also love all the ways you photographed it. Your friend is going to be ga-ga over this beautiful gift.ReplyDelete
The quilt looks amazing. Love the colors and the quilting.ReplyDelete
No wonder she loved it! It is gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger
LOVE the quilt. Particularly the two-tone border/setting triangles. Really nice work.ReplyDelete
Wow, this is awesome. I love the colors you used to make such a striking quilt.ReplyDelete
This quilt is absolutely amazing and beautiful!!! You are such a special person to do this for your friend.ReplyDelete
It's just gorgeous!! And love your stitched label- super cool and a nice touch for such a special quilt!ReplyDelete
Fantastic quilt! I love the color palette you chose too.ReplyDelete
I love your quilt- like your friend I love color- I love how there is such great movement from one side of the quilt to the other- really effective and so beautiful.ReplyDelete
Gemstones for a friends - great way to look at- I am sure she did feel very special. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous gift.
Regards from Western Canada,
I love this so much and the setting triangles are great.ReplyDelete
Love this quilt. Fabulous colors, pattern, quilting!ReplyDelete
Love the quilting and colors! Really beautiful and such a wonderful gift for a friend:)ReplyDelete
Love the colours and the half & half border. The close straight line quilting lets the patchwork design shine. Great quilt, lucky friendReplyDelete
This is just a gorgeous quilt and it really does look like sparkly gem stones! I love it and the set in triangles in two colours....perfect!ReplyDelete
Absolutely stunning quilt. Your colour choices are perfect and truly make the quilt.ReplyDelete
I love 3-d in quilts and these colors too! Lately I’ve been asking my husband and he has some fresh ideas that I use. Will you post the pattern?ReplyDelete
I love it. I am a fan of green and purple but I really love the set triangles in the out side and the effect it gave your quilt. I very lucky friend.ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness!!! This may just be my very favourite of the quilts you've made for grown ups!!! It is beautiful, the colours are stunning, and I love the contrast of the white.ReplyDelete
Your quilt is very beautiful and unique with the two colors on the background. Lucky friend.ReplyDelete