Friday, August 30, 2013

Forest Quilt finished!

I'm pretty excited to have this quilt done days before my deadline of the end of the month!  I made this quilt for the father of one of the Granite Mountain Hotshots that died in the Prescott, AZ fires in June of this year.  


I don't follow the news or media much--we don't have a tv and for the most part I don't care to know about the atrocities that are going on in the world.  And I hate how the worst things are repeated over and over, and the good things only last a day.  

But I do hear about things sometimes.  I heard about the 19 wildland firefighters on a news segment on the radio while driving somewhere.  It hit pretty close to home--my dad has been a city firefighters for something like 30 years, and I have a couple of friends that are firefighters too.  I was filled with sadness for these firefighters, and their friends and families.  But I couldn't deal with it past that news report I heard.  


And then one day, I think in July, my friend Jessica at Quilty Habit mentioned making a quilt for one of those firefighter's family members.  Layers of Hope was coordinating quilters with family members to make a quilt for.  So I signed up, in the middle of the chaos of packing up my home and all quilting things, I volunteered to make a quilt and have it finished by the end of August.  She is still looking for more volunteers to make quilts for those families, btw.

I thought of the firefighters and their families and friends a lot during this quilt, and couldn't help but feel that this might not mean anything to it's recipient.  But it could also mean a lot--and I hope it at least will act as a token of all the people that have mourned in some way, and have a hard time showing support when it is most needed.  And hopefully it will remind the repient that the lives of those firefighters touched more people than they know.


I chose Tula Pink's Field Study quilt pattern for the large, simple blocks, and chose fabrics entirely from my stash.  The white birdy fabric is from IKEA's 2012 fabric collection, the dark brown is Kona Chestnut (such a lovely color!), the light brown is a faux bois from Joann's, and the greens were hand-me-down fabrics from various people.  The back is a sheet I found at a thrift store and matched so well!


This is the smallest pattern option, which finished at 46" x 57" (the pattern says 60" x 48" but after quilting and trimming it to square--which took quite a bit off those bottom points--it lost a few inches).  I really enjoy making this size of quilt--there is not wrestling it through the machine!  The blocks come together SO fast, and it was fun to quilt feathers up and down the chevron rows. 


For the quilting I used Aurifil 50wt #2887 for the feathers and #2605 to mark the chevrons.  I love using this thread--I have never had any tension issues with and it quilts beautifully.  And my experience with it continues to justify the expense.


 I tried out a bunch of areas in the backyard for taking pictures, and once I get my design wall up it will hopefully be a good spot too.

Getting my little helper's stamp of approval!


My first quilty finish at the new house, hurray!

17 comments:

  1. Lovely quilt, and thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  2. Congrats on the finish - so lovely!

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  3. Nice quilt with beautifull freemotionquilting :-)

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  4. Thanks for linking up, I love your feathers, one day i'll manage them :)

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  5. Your quilt will be a wonderful comfort to that father! Your quilting is fabulous! Congrats on the move!

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  6. What a beautiful quilt and quilting! I really liked your feathers. I hope it brings some happiness to the family who gets it.

    I agree with you wholeheartedly about Aurifil thread--it's the thread of choice for me as well.

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  7. Wonderful feathers. Perfect design for this quilt.

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  8. What a great quilt - I'm certain that your thoughtfulness will be greatly appreciated.

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  9. Lovely quilt top Renee! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Crazy Mom Quilts. Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

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  10. Just perfect Renee! Your feathers as always are gorgeous, and the shot with your little helper, so cute!!

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  11. Beautiful work! I love the quilting on this. What a wonderful gift it will be. :)

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  12. Beautiful. Such a wonderful gift. Congratulations on the finish.

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  13. great work.
    i love the colors- they remind me of forest,wood,landscapes...
    thanks
    claudia

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  14. It's totally gorgeous. I love the fact that it's one print with many solids. I'm sure its recipient will love it!

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  15. Love your quilt! It is so unique. I am sure it will be treasured and appreciated!

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  16. It is beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. This is just perfect with the forest colors. Your quilting is nicely done. Doesn't it feel good to give a quilt for others who have given so much in their lives? This quilt will speak to the recipient of your compassion, and love.

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