Monday, January 14, 2013

King's Corner Quilt Finished!

I am so glad to be done with this big quilt!  The last of the quilting on it required a lot of wrestling.

Once or twice a week my Dad needs someone to go feed his dogs while he is at work.  I decided to deliver the quilt while he was at work over the weekend (and feed the dogs too, of course).  This is what he came home to this morning:

It ended up being a little short on the sides, oh well.  I think the final size was about 98" x  94".  It might actually work better on the bed turned sideways, maybe I just had it oriented wrong!

It's been pretty cold around here lately, so I think a quilt is a welcome gift, even if it is belated birthday present by two months!  Two months late for quilts has been my running average for gifts though, so maybe it is right on time!

I finally decided on what I dubbed "ceiling tile" quilting for the border, inspired by Jenny's Doodling Needle.

Spiraling triangles and feather quilting.

When I took the quilt outside to take it's portrait, I realized how wintery this quilt is.  That wasn't my intention at all, I just chose masculine colors.  But on this day the sky was grey, the mud was various shades of brown, the grasses, weeds and bushes were various shades of tan and golds, and the pinion, ponderosa and juniper trees were dark green.

Back inspired by my Dad saying "maybe a little yellow" and also commenting that the first bed quilt I made was his favorite.  Also I had a couple yards of brown in my stash (ended up needing 6 yards of brown though!).

I love how a quilt crinkles after washing!  It makes it so inviting.

The above photo I think really illustrates how different bolts/batches of Kona fabrics can be quite different!  One batch of this charcoal grey had more purple and the other had more green.  Unfortunately I ended up using like 7 yards of the grey, from 3 different bolts/batches, and you can certainly tell.  Oh well, it ended up giving this massive grey quilt a little more character!

Even the browns are different, though the difference is a lot more subtle.

Very happy to have my first finish of 2013!  Despite a certainly busy year ahead I hope to make more quilts than last year.

1 comment:

  1. WOW, what a surprise when I got home. Dad loves his new quilt and it looks fantastic! When I first saw it, I didn't really notice the details in the stitching. But since we had a rough night at the fire station, I decided to take a nap and that's when I noticed all the work that went into the stitching. Very impressive!

    When I saw the back, I kinda wondered what it was about. Now I know.

    Thank you Renee. It was worth the wait