Friday, October 17, 2014

"you can't rush art" quilt finished!

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I finished my quilt! This one took me on quite a journey. It feels so personal and like such a milestone for reasons I can't express. I will say, however, that I am absolutely pleased with how it turned out. I think the amount of photos to follow prove that. :)


 




 

 
The top is made up of 100% scraps. Mainly Kona cottons, but several other brands make an appearance including a few shot cottons and a few Oakshott scraps.
Spiral quilting was done in a light gray Aurifil thread (color 2600).
Binding is Kona Pepper.
Finished size approximately 70" x 90".
Heavily inspired by Gee's Bend quilts. (Obviously, right?)

This is scrap project #90/101!

Now it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week. Thank you for joining me for finish it up Friday!

124 comments:

Kat said...

Gorgeous! I love the backing you made for it and the black binding.

Alycia said...

Oh My Gosh!!! I just LOVE it!!!

frommycarolinahome said...

What a beautiful and bright quilt, your quilting is perfect too. Thank you for hosting this link party every week.
Carole @ From My Carolina Home

house on hill road said...

love it!

Anna said...

Gorgeous!!! And I can't imagine how much time it must have took to do the spiral quilting on that big of a quilt! It's amazing!!!

Jayne said...

AMAZING! I love the color...lots of color!

Vera said...

Not only the color but the quilting is fab as well!

cindi said...

Love this quilt. I am so inspired to use up all those scraps. Thanks to you i keep them all now. And the spiral quilting is perfect for this quilt.

Melissa Corry said...

Oh my goodness, that spiral quilting is amazing!! What a bear that must have been finagling all of that quilt in your machine. You go girl!!! What a stunning finish!!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I love how bright and cheery this is. And also the little bit of "text print" is a fun touch.

Terri said...

This quilt is SO beautiful! Love love love it!

Tricia said...

Your quilt is fabulous!! I have a maybe silly question though, how do you spiral quilt a quilt that large?

Janet @ Simply Pieced said...

The improv piecing is amazing and the spiral quilting is a perfect finish to a beautiful quilt!

Frog Quilter said...

Amazing and beautiful!!!

Lana said...

This is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!!!! I loved seeing this project work along throughout the last few weeks...My favorite thing is that each block is so different...and they just all mesh together so well! HOW DO YOU DO IT????
I am envious of your Spiral quilting...It looks perfect!!!
NICE FINISH!!!

Amanda said...

Absolutely stunning!!

Cathy said...

this is just so fabulous!!!! great inspiration!

Jane Cisneros said...

Stunning, bold, looks like stained glass ... love it!

Deborah Richmond said...

This is a gorgeous quilt! The colors are so vibrant!

catslife said...

What is the beautiful text fabric? Love it.

Rebecca said...

This is so pretty. I have a bunch of kona scraps. You have inspired me to try to scrap them together.

Di~ said...

Oh! my goodness! It is gorgeous! Wow, got that flimsy done so fast. LOVE the black binding. Ok confession time - I wasn't loving this thing as just a top, but wow, now it is a beaut! :) silly me...

Di~ said...

I still just want to ask the preverbial question HOW DO YOU DO IT??? but then you've already tried to answer that for all of us, but I'm still so amazed. I've been sick this week and have only dreamed abt. my projects.

Ina said...

okay, i am totally jealous of that gorgeous quilt!!! i just love it! ;p

junacreationsuk.blogspot.co.uk said...

Absolutely STUNNING!!!!!!

evaj said...

You've sewn a fantastic happy quilt !! Hug Bambi

Debbie said...

oh I love this! Very nice. What a great use of scraps!

Ruthann Grace said...

I love this quilt! My last two quilts have been solids and I'm thinking of making 2014 the year of solids. They are just so much fun to play with.

I used Kona Pepper in the quilt I am finishing now and just love that shade. It's not grey and it's not black.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful quilt Amanda Jean!

Lorna McMahon said...

How intense! That spiral quilting.... is brilliant! And the pepper binding perfectly frames all that glorious colour. Thanks for sharing all those yummy pictures!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

Sharon said...

Absolutely beautiful.

berylthepearl said...

oh my this is awesome! Absolutely gorgeous!

Denise Russell said...

Beautiful colors! What a happy quilt!

Dominique said...

That is one gorgeous quilt! Love the effect of the variety of solids and the quilting too.

Molly said...

This quilt is amazing and I don't think it could have turned out better if every piece had been planned and plotted.

Quilter Kathy said...

Spectacular! Love it!
I am going to try your circular quilting method soon :)

Mary Truax said...

Wow. Really great. Starting mine today!

Sarah Craig said...

Such a gorgeous quilt - and what a great way to use the IKEA fabric on the back. It's my absolute favorite fabric they make, but I'm always running out - this way I can stretch it further!! I really need to make one of these, too - I've got lots of solid scraps!! Thanks for the inspiration!

NebraskaNative said...

Oh my, this is soooo gorgeous. What a finish! Just flipped through the newest Keepsake Quilting catalog and was happy to see "your page". That's awesome! Happy TGIF & cheers!

wombatquilts.com said...

Absolutely fabulous.

Linda said...

She's a beauty, my friend! :)

JaDee said...

Absolutely beautiful!!

Kitten said...

What a gorgeous quilt! I love the quilting, the colors, the piecing...everything is spectacular. Congrats on finishing it...you'll have sweet dreams under this one for sure.
Debbie
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Brenda said...

lovely. so vibrant and friendly. Do you mark your spirals before you start? How do you space them? I have a Juki, but my walking foot doesn't have that measuring thingy.

katyquilts said...

This quilt is simply amazing! Wow!

Jean Burke said...

Holy cow!!! This is just beautiful. The Gee's Bend ladies would love it! Nicely done....

Cynthia Hogan said...

Beautiful quilt - they just get better and better!!

Lauren Deel said...

Wow. This is stunning. Great work!

Lauren Deel said...

Wow. This is stunning. Great work!

Mel said...

It's epic! What an amazing scrap quilt. And number 90 - it'll be quite a party at your house at number 101, not long to go!

Shirley Elliott said...

What an awesome quilt! I was in awe of its beauty and then looked closer and realized that the quilting was done in a spiral. It is truly art! Thank you for sharing and motivating me to try spiral quilting on something larger than 20" square.

Patricia said...

I love your quilt!!! Great job!! I also love your blog. Thanks so much for sharing!

charlotte said...

Oh Amanda Jean, I love it!! I wish I had enough solids to make something like that. Wonderful wonderful job. Love the spiral quilting.

Lea said...

What an amazing accomplishment. This quilt is beautiful. Congratulations, Amanda Jean!

Svetlana said...

absolutely stunning!!!!!

Jenny said...

wow wow wow wow wow!!

Carie said...

It is just stunningly gorgeous - I love the effect you get from using all solids, it's just incredible :)

Karen said...

I've never been much into improv piecing but this quilt is absolutely stunning! The color combo does it.

Phyllis said...

Truly amazing quilt, absolutely gorgeous! You should be very proud!

Daytona Damsel said...

Love the colors and that spiral quilting.

Lynn said...
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Lynn said...

Wow, stunning! I love all that gorgeous color, the improv blocks and the way you used different size blocks. It reminds me of the work of my quilting idol, Gwen Marston. I've been saving all my solid scraps to make one like this. Yours is beautiful.

Annie said...

Loving it! Love it love it love it!

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is astonishing!

Shirley JB said...

AWESOME!!

Carla said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! A picture is worth a thousand words so all of these photos add up to lots of beautiful superlatives!!!

Gina said...

making an all solids quilt is on my list to do. This is gorgeous!!! the quilting is perfect too!!!!

Gemini Jen NZ said...

Absolutely A++ quilt!! Love the spiral, the whole quilt is fantastic!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Wow what an amazing scrap basket you must have!! Love all the colour in your quilt :)

Snowcatcher said...

Love the spiral quilting on the log cabin blocks. Very eye-catching! It does indeed have a bit if Gee's Bend flavor!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your quilt is just beautiful! I haven't made a quilt exclusively out of solids, but now I think I have to!

Rene' said...

Your gorgeous photos say it all!!!! I can't believe you are almost to 101 scrappy projects. Love this quilt so much with its vibrant colors, pieced back and spiral quilting. Incredibly beautiful!

Jen said...

This quilt it awesome! Love it!

Muddling Through said...

That is an absolutely gorgeous quilt and your quilting is phenomenal!

beth said...

wowsers! YOu did it again.

Andrea said...

Amanda! I love, love, love this quilt! Feels like forever since I read a quilt blog, but so glad I popped in today and saw this beauty posted. Congrats on such a fun finish. Hope you are doing so well. Sending a hug from the Big Apple!!!

SarahZ said...

Oh so gorgeous! You must be so pleased with this!And you are getting SEW close to that 101st scrap project aren't you!!!

Jeneta said...

You spiral quilted it! It must have taken you AGES!!! I absolutely love it. I'm going to have to think less about the potential trickiness in shifting a large quilt around and spiral quilt a top that shouldn't settle for anything less.

Rachel said...

This quilt is fabulous!!! Love the spiral quilting too.

Georgi said...

Wowzer! It's gorgeous ~ love the colors and especially the quilting!

Christina said...

those little strips of tiny scraps totally make my heart skip a beat! I love you! this is gorgeous and if I had seen it just out in the wild I think I would have known it was yours. Your artistic voice is so clear!

Patty R said...

As I viewed the pictures, I must have said Wow like 5 times. I love that it's mostly made from solids. Color contrasting with other solid colors like new crayons fresh from the box.

JaneB said...

Oh so pretty. All scraps is amazing. I don't have that many solid scraps at all. This is beautiful! I love the light when you were taking the photos. Morning or evening?

SeaBreeze Quilts said...

No words - just - wow!

suzanprincess said...

I have no solids in my stash, scraps or whole, because I've always found them boring, but no longer. Your quilt is earth shaking for me--I love the piecing, the colors, and the spiral quilting. Brava!

Dawn said...

Beautiful!! Great job! Can't say enough awesome things about this stunning piece of gorgeousness. ;) And I think I will never tire of circle and or spiral quilting. I have two quilts that I spiral quilted and I just love them. I hated to give them away. lol The next one will be mine! All mine! Now I sound just plain seflish. lol But, I digress.....you have every right to be proud of your quilt.

Glinda ♥ said...

All your hard work, talent and patience has paid off - fandabbylicious indeed :)

Suzanne said...

This qualifies as a prize winning quilt. Sit back and smugly admire your work. Actually, sit under your quilt and admire. That way you know where it is. Someone might want to abscond with it when you are not looking. Someone like me.

Pam said...

Beautiful - a true inspiration for me to start working with more solids - thank you!

Barb N said...

You've outdone yourself - very cool.

Stephie said...

Love the quilt and your photography - really shows off all those fab colours!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

This just might be your most awesome quilt ever!

Sarah said...

This is amazing. Breathtaking. I love it!!

Anne said...

LOVE IT!!! The spiral quilting is perfect and inspiring me as well since the machine quilting is the part I shy away from. As always, thanks for sharing more inspiring work.

Bridget said...

This is so Gwen Marston, one of my favorite quilters! She, too, has been inspired by Gee's Bend.

http://www.gwenmarston.com/

RockinHairBabe said...

This quilt is so amazing! So beautiful. I cannot tell you enough how inspired this makes me. Thank you.

happeningsonchaosranch said...

Love, love, love this quilt! I do have one question...can you tell me where you got the fabric with the writing on it (on the back)?

Thanks, Sharon

happeningsonchaosranch said...

Love, love, love this quilt! I do have one question...can you tell me where you got the fabric with the writing on it (on the back)?

Thanks, Sharon

Bearpawquilter said...

Picture number 1. first I gasped then I said "That is soooo nice!". N

FlourishingPalms said...

Just beautiful! You're color sense and quiltmaking skills know no limits. Lovely work, Amanda!

Angela Atkins said...

Gorgeous quilt. Love the colors, the different sized blocks, and the quilting.

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Gorgeous!!! I love everything about this quilt!

leanne said...

just LOVE this quilt - I'm pretty sure I say that about all your quilts but this one is so special and I love the spiral quilting on it ! fabulous :)

Karen said...

What a stunner! All those bright solids are so crisp in your amazing blocks. Congrats!

Tamie said...

Love, love this one. Oh my- what an inspiration!

Pat said...

Wonderful quilt. Love the front, love the back. Can't believe you spiral quilted it ... that's hard! ... and I mean physically hard!! Makes my shoulders ache to think about it.

LJ said...

Gorgeous!

A Quilter's Mission said...

So clean and crisp! I do love solids, and this proves that you don't need a lot of prints to make a beautiful quilt.

diane said...

You have seriously knocked my socks off with this one. Your talent and inspiration are never ending.

Heather Hubble said...

Love the use of colour

Susanne vb said...

~gasp~ even the back is adorbs :) Good job!!!

Kathy S. said...

GOREGOUS -- and #90 of your scrap projects! What an accomplishment. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Bridgit said...

So, so, inexpressibly beautiful. I have almost no solids in my stash, let alone enough to make a quilt from them! But I'll have some after I'm done with birch trees! I'm demoted to make a black and white version? Maybe heavily black and white, but still some color... Anyway, I love your inspiration!

Rachel said...

Amazing! Lovely work.

Irene spiezio said...

Awesome quilt, love the colors!

Thimbleanna said...

BEAUTIFUL Crazy Mom!!!

Nicole Maroon said...

Wow. It's so stunning. This may be my fav of your quilts!

M. Lavos said...

C'est magnifique!!!

coastal gray said...

Was wondering if you would share some of the process of making this quilt.....

Maren Dr.Fischer said...

This Quilt andere the quilting is just gorgeous

KathleenD said...

This quilt is awesome and beautiful to me! Your spiral quilt is its crowning glory. Thank you for sharing this lovely accomplishment with us.

Nanaofck said...

This is an amazingly beautiful quilt. I am a big fan of the Gees Bend quilts and was fortunate to see some of them at an exhibition in Milwaukee. You really evoke the spirit of those quilts in your design and the fact that you used only scraps. Fabulous job with the quilting as well. Thanks for continuing to inspire me.

Darcy said...

This is my favorite thing you've ever made, and I have loved SO many of the things you've made that is really saying something! Such beautiful work - it just makes me happy to look at it :-)

Quiltfarmor said...

Just love your quilt. Meg