Friday, May 10, 2013

bohemian garden quilt

Welcome to finish it up Friday!
My bohemian garden quilt is done! I put the last few stitches in the binding yesterday afternoon. It was quite a journey from the first fabric pull to completion, but that's the fun part of quilting-watching it all come together. I had a lot of contributions and input from friends along the way. Might be part of the reason that it doesn't look like a typical Amanda quilt. :)
I used a moody olive green fabric on the back that changes color quite a bit in the light. Thanks to my friend (and former boss) Ellen for the backing fabric! It matches this quilt perfectly. You can get a tiny peek at one of my wonderful quilt holders in this photo, too. :)
I absolutely LOVE how the loopy quilting turned out. I was worried it would be too busy, but it adds so much! Cheryl picked out the green thread color during a Skype sew date we had a few weeks ago. Thanks Cheryl! It was the perfect choice!
My friend Brianne picked out (and gave me!) the binding fabric. Thanks Brianne! It's a wonderful finishing touch to this quilt. This fabric is from the Central Park line by Kate Spain. It's nice to have a geometric print on the edging. It kind of reminds me of a cobblestone path. I hand stitched down the binding on this one, and I think I enjoyed every second of it. It felt good to just sit and bind!
There were times during the process when I wasn't so fond of this quilt, (a lot of stitch ripping might have had SOMETHING to do with it. ha!) but I am quite pleased with the finished product. Many thanks to my friends who helped with and contributed to this quilt. It sure makes it special! It measures 60" x 80".
 
How about you? Do you have a finish to share? If so, please link up! Thanks a bunch for joining me for finish it up Friday!

45 comments:

Julie B. said...

I love the way the quilt turned out! And the quilting design is lovely!

Jeneta said...

I LOVE both the moody olive green backing fabric and the loopy quilting (moody and loopy features often at our house!!). Such a beautiful quilt - I hope you're keeping it!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Such a beautiful quilt! I love those rich colors.
Amanda

Pat said...

It's so pretty! I love everything about it. The colors, the quilting, the back, the binding. Whoo Hoo!

Astridka said...

I love it!
Sincerely
Astrid

Kerstin said...

Funny, my first thought upon seeing the photos was that this one is unusual for you! But it's a beautiful quilt, the colors look great together.

giddy99 said...

Gorgeous! Love the color scheme!

Susan said...

I love all the colors! I am very new to quilting so I"m sticking to squares right now, but I do love these rectangles!

bec said...

There is nothing I dont like about this quilt! Are those little fingers at the top in the top pic? Cute helpers!

Megan said...

I love your quilt! And you are so right, the loopy quilting is perfect! I think it turned out super great! Have a great weekend!

Beth said...

I love that quilting!

mindingmomma said...

the loops look great, ver lovely quilt colors - makes me smile

beth said...

Love those loopdeloops!

Heather P said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the loopy quilting and the geometric print on the binding!

Susan K from Canada said...

Amanda - I am both passionate quilter and gardener and so for me this quilt so beautifully combined the two. The backing and binding make it magical. Thanks for sharing.

ipatchandquilt said...

That is just another gorgeous quilt! How do you do it?
I love the quilting, the colours, the patter... ALL!
Esther

Svetlana said...

this is such a gorgeous quilt, and that quilting is absolutely perfect, love how pretty and playful it looks.

Nina said...

The loopy quilting is great! Was it tricky to keep the loops nice and smooth?

Cheryl Arkison said...

It looks great! And your first finish at the new place! Woohoo!

bloominworkshop said...

Oh man, I love the colors in this quilt SO MUCH!! I am drooling on my computer screen. :P

Kathy said...

When I click on 19 - it takes me to a flour website. Anyone else having this problem?

Frances said...

Your Bohemian quilt sounds like it was a really collaborative job - it looks lovely.

Logan Marriott said...

Very nice! I really like the colors. Thanks for doing this link up, it's always so fun to check out everyone's projects.

Dolly said...

I'm with you, girl. I really like this one.......have to try that loopdy-loop quilting. May have to try this whole quilt idea ! Thanks for the inspiration.

ChristinNC said...

You are always on the ball! I love the loops - perfect =) You have to be one of the greatest inspirations out here (thanks for that) Have a great weekend

tahoe34 said...

Amanda Jean, Quick question...did you freehand these loops or mark them first? Did you mark the placement? The quilt looks amazing, and I love the green quilting thread.

SuperMomNoCape said...

It's so fun reading about how this quilt came together with the help of friends.

No finishes for me this week but it will be fun to see what everyone else has finished.

A Quilter's Mission - Vicki said...

Love the long shot with the binding in the foreground! You are right, the binding is a great finishing touch!!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

It's beautiful! The colours are really striking and the quilting is perfect :)

Anna said...

it's so pretty! I love the colors. And your loops look way more perfect than mine!

katie z. said...

The loops add an amazing texture to your quilt. At first, I thought it was something much more complicated!

CATHY DANIEL said...

It is just wonderful - reminds me of a vibrant Spring garden. Just lovely. xCathy

Lorna McMahon said...

Wow, Amanda Jean... You've done it again! I love the green backing, the green thread and the Central Park by Kate Spain. Pink and green look so striking together! What are friends for, eh? Hope you are all enjoying the new digs!

Kelli said...

I really love this. It is simplicity at it's best. Nothing about it is complicated, but when you add it all up, the sum is much greater than the parts. <3

Suzanne said...

I wonder if you just coined a new name for green--moody olive. :-) Kudos for the pretty finish this week. The loopy quilting is lovely. I shall have to try that on an upcoming quilt.

Sarah Lizzie said...

I love your beautiful quilt. 'Tis a visual feast dancing with gorgeous colours!!

Melanie said...

OK -- not my kind of quilt -- but I TOTALLY love this, My Daughter would fight you for it... Honestly -- first thought was...
"Wow, What a 'kick-ass' kind of quilt!!!" Great job.

Ellen Williams said...

What a super looking quilt and such wonderful friends who helped you make your choices. I am trying to get some of the people on my mail group to help me make fabric choices for an up coming project but only two persons have so far added their choices.Love the quilting on your quilt too those big loops

Terry McFarland said...

I'm sorry that we missed your moving day- made an unexpected trip, but glad that everything went well. Your Bohemian Garden quilt turned out different when the quilting was added- loved the loopy quilting! (And I recognized the pants holding the quilt!)

Jessica said...

It's gorgeous!! You did a beautiful job :)

Shauna said...

I really love this quilt AmanadaJean. I think it might be one of my favourites - probably the colours. It's bold but restful at the same time. Beautiful!

Qltr89 said...

I like your quilt! Big quilts are my favorites. Here's a link to my flickr page. The blue and white quilt, I completed just as recently as two days ago.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tutu-qltr/

S.F.Chan said...

Such a beautiful quilt! Love those rich colors very much.


http://www.blanketquilt.com

Mama Pea said...

It's beatiful, AJ!

quirky granola girl said...

this is stunning!